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Edgewood County Park

The serpentine grasslands of Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve are famous for their magnificent displays of wildflowers each spring. The park's location, within easy access to Interstate 280 and Edgewood Road, makes this beautiful display readily accessible to the population centers of the San Francisco Peninsula. The Park's 467 acres of woodlands and grasslands afford wonderful hiking and sightseeing opportunities.

Hunters were in the region 6,000 years ago. About 500 AD. Ohlone speaking peoples came to the bay area. Two Ohlone archeological sites have been found nearby, one at Filoli Estates and one at Phleger Estates. In 1769, the Spanish exploring party of Gaspar de Portola marched through the region and made the first Ohlone-Spanish encounter.

There are 5 trails throughout Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve: Edgewood Trail (1.93 Miles), Serpentine Loop (1.94 miles), Ridgeview Loop (1.38 miles), Clarkia Trail (.74 Mile), and the Sylvan Loop (2.5 Miles). The Sylvan Trail is an exercise loop for runners, joggers, and hikers. No horses are allowed on this trail.

Trails leading into the park are located at Edgewood and Canada Road (Canada Trail Head), on Sunset and Hillcrest (Sunset Trail head), on Sylvain Way; closed at this time (Sylvan Way Access), and at the main entrance of Edgewood (Old Stage Trail Head).

It is always required that equestrians and hikers stay on the marked trails, particularly in the open meadow and grassland areas where endangered plants and animals may exist. Please respect your fellow trail users and follow the guidelines for safe and courteous trail use.

(The above material courtesy of the San Mateo County website.)

Location: Edgewood County Park, Redwood City, California - Live Oak Trail

Directions: See the Activity Section below for alternate staging meeting points and directions.

When coming to Edgewood from the north (San Francisco), use Highway 280. Turn off at the Edgewood Road exit. Turn eastbound on Edgewood Road (towards San Carlos and Redwood City). Proceed approximately 1.5 miles. The main park entrance will be on the south side of the road.

When coming to Edgewood from the south (San Jose), use Highway 280. Turn off at the Edgewood Road exit. Turn eastbound on Edgewood Road (towards San Carlos and Redwood City). Proceed approximately 1.5 miles. The main park entrance will be on the south side of the road.

SamTrans buses provide service to key destinations throughout San Mateo County and San Francisco, such as work, schools, malls, civic centers and parks. Please visit SamTrans website to find out how you can take one of their buses to this park.

Agency: San Mateo County Parks, Ranger John Trewin

Supervisor: Dave Taylor

Project Lead: Dave Taylor

Additional Information: Participants should bring water, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, lunch and normal precautions against poison oak exposure (work gloves, long sleeved shirts and long pants). The Trail Center provides tools, training, gloves, and refreshments after the workday.

Saturday, January 12, 2013 - Live Oak Trail

Activities: The Trail Centerís next project will be repairing the Live Oak Trail in Edgewood Park and Preserve. The winter weather has extensively damaged the trail, and we will attempt to repair and restore the tread and make drainage improvements. This will be a physically challenging project, but one that is badly needed.

Note: We will be staging from the Sunset Road entrance to the park, not the entrance on Edgewood Road.

Directions to Trail Center Edgewood Park Build on January 12th:

From US Highway 101 North, take Woodside Road exit to Redwood City. Turn left onto Woodside Road and then take the 1st right onto Veterans Blvd. Proceed to Jefferson Avenue which is just past K-Mart. Turn left onto Jefferson.

From US Highway 101 South, take Whipple Avenue exit to Redwood City. Go straight through the stop light and proceed to Jefferson. Turn right onto Jefferson.

Once on Jefferson Avenue, drive about 2 miles to the intersection of Farm Hill and Jefferson. This is the 1st stoplight after the Alameda de las Pulgas stoplight. Turn right and go up the hill. You will still be on Jefferson.

Proceed up Jefferson for about 2 miles. The road is very twisty. You will go through a five way stop about 2/3rds of the way up the hill. After you pass the Fire Station on the left, look immediately for California Avenue. Turn Right. Proceed until road intersects Sunset. Turn onto Sunset (veer right). Follow Sunset until it intersects Hillcrest. The park entrance will be straight ahead. The house on the corner by the park is 467 Hillcrest Way, Redwood City, CA, if you want an address to put in your GPS. Park on the street, but make sure you are not in a posted area. Parking is limited, so carpooling is recommended.

From I-280 North or South, exit at Farm Hill Blvd to Redwood City and drive about 2 miles until you reach the 3 way stop at Emerald Hill Drive. Turn left. Proceed to Jefferson, then turn left. Drive about a mile up the hill. On the way up, when you come to the five way stop, take the road second from the left (i.e., continue on Jefferson) until you reach California. Follow the instructions in the paragraph above to the park.

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