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.