Hike Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve

San Francisco Edgewood Park and Nature Preserve

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Explore true California nature in this park--oak woodland, grassland, and chaparral. This region's inhospitable serpentine soil has defended the ecosystem against takeover by invasive plants. Get to know the rare native landscape, which includes the unusual plants that can tolerate the toxic soil--many of these are found nowhere else in the world.

Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve rests in San Mateo County, California. The sweeping hillsides exemplify the true native flora of California, as the foundation of rock and soil is poor in nutrients. Only a few specialized native plants are adapted to live here--don't miss the unique wildflower bloom in spring. The oak trees dapple the hills with deep green, making for a classically Californian landscape.

Warning: Stay on the trails, and be VERY wary of ticks, which will perch on the tips of grass stalks and cling to any warm being that passes by. Do a check before getting back in the car and once again when you get home and change.

Photos: Cynthia Fernald, chuck b.,

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Long socks
  • Pants
  • Camera
  • Field Guide
  • Binoculars
  • Water
  • Snack
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Hiking, Photography, Running

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



4.2 Miles

Elev. Gain:

600 Feet



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
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How to Get There

6 months ago

Tons of trails!

You can choose to hike all day or just get a quick 1 hour jaunt in! I recommend the easy 2.6 mile loop starting from the park entrance. Take the Edgewood trail to the Serpentine trail to Baywood Glen to Sylvan, back to the entrance. You'll pass through many ecosystems and have a beautiful view overlooking highway 280 and the vast meadow at the edgewood-serpentine junction. Be sure to bring sunscreen as part of the trail is exposed, and a windbreaker because it can get incredibly windy!

6 months ago

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