Category Archives: San Mateo County

Coal Creek Open Space Preserve

This hike was my first visit to Coal Creek Open Space Preserve, a 500-acre preserve along Skyline Blvd (CA-35) just northwest of Page Mill Rd in the southeast corner of San Mateo County.  The preserve is just across Skyline Blvd … Continue reading

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Purisima Creek Redwoods OSP – in search of trilliums

A recent social media post prompted this visit to Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, one of my favorite preserves on the spine of the peninsula along Skyline Blvd (CA-35).  The 4700-acre preserve is part of the Midpeninsula Regional Open … Continue reading

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Early spring wildflowers at Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve

I “discovered” Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve four years ago, and I have now visited each year during the spring or early spring.  Of course, the timing and abundance of wildflowers depend on several factors, including the timing and abundance … Continue reading

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San Francisco Bay Trail: Dumbarton Bridge and Shoreline Trail

On a day when I wanted to go for a hike but preferred something less strenuous than usual, I decided to walk across San Francisco Bay.  That may sound ambitious, but it actually wasn’t!  The Dumbarton Bridge crosses the bay … Continue reading

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Bay Area Ridge Trail – Milagra Gate to Mussel Rock through Pacifica

Recently a new 2.5-mile section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail was dedicated in Pacifica, about half in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) north of Milagra Gate and half along streets, almost to the Daly City border.  I … Continue reading

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La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve: Harrington Creek Trail

It’s always a special treat to hike a brand new trail shortly after it has been opened to the public – sometimes I’ve hiked the trail the same day, and sometimes within a week or two.  On this occasion, I … Continue reading

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Thornewood Open Space Preserve – spring wildflowers

Thornewood Open Space Preserve is a small preserve in the hills along CA-84 between I-280 and Skyline Blvd in San Mateo County.  There is basically just one trail, which leads from the parking area to the interior of the preserve.  … Continue reading

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