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hiking
21 days ago

Love these trails! Fabulous hiking :)

I didn't even realize this trail was here, right behind Ralston Middle School. A great escape into a quiet woodsy preserve. Very close to residential areas, but it's very serene. Be warned, for those who want to try to follow the loop marked out in the AllTrails app, there are a bazillion forks in the road - some with three or four options - and they're not well marked. A lot of the signs seem erased or run down. I ended up doing a crazy figure 8 instead of the loop in the app, and while it didn't really matter, it added some extra mileage. I think we did about 4.5 miles total.

A lot of the trail is shaded, but still bring sunscreen for the wide open stretches. When the fog burns off, it can get brutal. Also be ready to scoot over for mountain bikers who come by every thirty seconds, and keep an eye out for the plentiful poison oak. I think the only animals I saw were tiny lizards and a cute bunny, but there are signs for mountain lions. A lot of dogs are off-leash too.

There are some steep inclines, but they're marked on the trail map plaques. Bring good shoes because there's a lot of loose dirt and gravel. I probably would only come back here out of convenience, as there are a LOT of cyclists. However, everyone we crossed paths with was friendly and kind. One gentleman helped point us in the right direction back.

short, easy, lots of shade, uninteresting view, good for beginners.

hiking
1 month ago

Scenery: 3
Views: 3.5
Difficulty: 3
Crowds: 3
Shade: 3

My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above:
5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park
4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail

5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park
5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park
4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park
4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail

5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak
4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

Amazing hike! it's good for trail running too... trees and the view is pretty. we'll hike it again!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy trail, nothing spectacular. You end up next to the 280 which is not nice, but then again you get a great view of the bay on the other side.

It’s great as a an off-road running track though.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful and easy hike (if you go clockwise) in the woods , very peaceful and quiet before 10am. Great for families with kids as the incline is very mild.

walking
2 months ago

Loved this short hike! The end of the trail is big Redwoods with a small babbling stream. The weather was perfect while I was there. Good for families. It was difficult to find the entrance. Seems like a hidden trail which makes it all the more enjoyable.

Easy hike with kids.

hiking
2 months ago

a nice trail, but not what i'd call "easy". there are a lot of ups and downs and switchbacks. some of the downs are steep enough that one could easily slip if not careful. i only did the big canyon park portion of the trail, to brittan ave.

hiking
3 months ago

Good moderate trail with some inclines on the track. Some beautiful scenes of the Forrest on the way.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail and nice workout. Edgewood features some really nice views, a variety of types of terrain and easy alternative paths in case you want to adjust your hike for ease/more tree cover. Definitely wear sunblock and bring a bottle of water as it can be on the warm side during the summer. Also note that there is a good amount of poison oak to the sides of the trail. Nothing to worry about but be aware. There is a nice parking lot, water filling station and a cute education center at the entrance to the trail too.

Good hike , view was disappointing

on Edgewood Trail Loop

3 months ago

It’s a beautiful trail, loved it.

it's an easy trail but it's all open ground, so on a moderately hot day, it can get sweaty and tiring if you are not used to going outdoors in hot summer.

An almost perfect 4-5 mile loop, and such an easy/close drive from the peninsula. Had never thought to come over here. Great redwood trees and a really awesome view at the top!

hiking
5 months ago

The Tarwater Loop is a great outing, if you don’t mind hikes that end with a long uphill walk. The best way to do it, especially on a hot day, is to start on the right side of the loop - take the Tarwater trail DOWN and come back UP via the shaded Shingle Mill Trail. Along the way you’ll see some interesting remnants of the past – the old garage (not a cabin) was just one of the outbuildings on this former cattle ranch that long ago was a big producer of local cheese. A section of old steam engine remains on the Shingle Mill Trail – evidence of the logging operations that continued up into the 1960s here - and a great place to stop for lunch or snack. There is NO RIVER as claimed in the All Trails description; only Tarwater Creek and you will only encounter it by taking a slight detour off the loop from the Old Haul Road towards the Canyon Trail. I’ve done this hike many times over the years and love it all seasons but the trail can be terrible muddy in winter & sometimes trail sections get closed so check the website before driving out. I've taken older kids on this hike but don't recommend for under 6 years. This is a more primitive piece of the park with no restrooms, water, or picnic facilities.

hiking
5 months ago

The perfect time of year to be on this hike and it has it all. Plenty of wild flowers line the route (western columbine, blue dicks, iris, checkerbloom, poppies) If you are doing the whole hike, its about 2/3 under trees and 1/3 open exposure and a 50/50 mix of single track trail & fireroad. Highlights for us include the section of woodland meandering alongside Peter's Creek, the Jikogi Pond, & the stunning views to the west as you cross the ridge. You'll want to linger so start early, bring water/food, and know there's no restrooms at trailhead (closest is north of trailhead at Skyline Ridge OSP main parking.) We have also found on repeated hikes here that we need to be watchful of bicyclists coming behind us on the trails.

Saw some decent wildflowers and a nice overview of the area. Very easy outing, good for kids or elderly for sure. Not challenging or scenic enough for me to want to come back any time soon, but certainly a good find close to RWC.

hiking
5 months ago

Great workout!!!

Very kid friendly hike

hiking
6 months ago

View from Stegner bench is awe-inspiring. Enjoy the wildflowers in springtime then immerse in forest-bathing.

walking
6 months ago

Nice place to walk around. Waterfall is not as excited as I expected. Easy trail. All the trees are amazing!

This trail is pretty but I do not recommend any dog owners to bring their dogs here because we did not even finish the entire trail and I found multiple ticks on my dog. There is a sign that warns people of ticks but I thought even though I didn’t let her into the grass, that she wouldn’t get any on her.

trail running
6 months ago

Some of the trails are a bit steep in places but totally worth it. Where else will you get OXYGEN near a city like this? And the sound of birds!

Good backyard hiking! Despite the short distance, it has a nice incline to challenge you to a second a
nd third round!

hiking
6 months ago

Unique experience partly because of non existent traffic. A few things made me wonder if the trail was actually closed e.g. no other hikers, broken trees, a not opening gate, etc. Anyways, this is indeed a great trail. Saw some impressive redwood trees in the earlier part of the trail.

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail with lots of Geocaches! Drone footage can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMt2gbNfKQU

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful easy trail that has great variety of creek and water, to wide open meadows, and narrow pathways shaded by redwoods. Not suitable for children i’d say and best for hikers and mountain bikers.

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