Crystal Springs & Dean Trails

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Crystal Springs & Dean Trails is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Redwood City, California that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
866 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

views

no dogs

Huddart Park offers numerous trails, some for horseback riding and hiking, and some for hiking only. Trails run along gulches and creeks, others traverse unique hillside habitats and lead you to breathtaking views of the countryside.

hiking
16 days ago

Great trail! Plenty of shade. Took on this trail during the winter so it was a bit cold. Would love to conquer this trail during the summer. Must be pleasant. Overall: easy trail. Kid friendly.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice shaded trail for hot days

hiking
4 months ago

$8 entrance.
A lot of picnic tables with grills.
Children playground{small}.
We hiked a 1/4 of the trail {toddler}.
It was mainly shaded with the trees.
All in all, great hike and not busy even on Sat in summer.

hiking
5 months ago

We got lost, the signs were unclear, until we finally found dean trail. We understood them by the end and figures out how the loop should have been. Hopefully we do it right next time.

hiking
5 months ago

Love this trail, particularly during the week when you barely see a soul. There are some incredible Redwood sections here. $6 to enter and park in the actual park, restrooms and water available.

walking
7 months ago

Gentle ascents and declines through a mixed redwood and madrone canopy. Absolutely beautiful. Shade the entire way. I went on a weekday and it was serene; no people. The hardest part is finding the parking area off 35. It's not really a parking area as it is a slightly wider shoulder of the road with room for 3 cars.

7 months ago

This hike was really intense I think it is actually a moderate trail not easy at all

7 months ago

Great hike, but part of Dean Trail closed off due to mud slide.

8 months ago

Not dog-friendly but otherwise great.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

Fun and enjoyable hike. Nice elevations, not too difficult and with some beautiful views.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

We loved the shaded forest canopy trails at Huddart Park. Very peaceful and not very crowded place to come.

hiking
Monday, August 10, 2015

Really liked this park. We went on the chinquapin trail once which was a beautiful hike through the trees and very quiet. We also went another time and started at the Zwierlein Picnic area and went on part of the crystal spring trail

Monday, January 12, 2015

Pretty nice and lots of trails to choose from. However you have to pay $6 to park.

hiking
Monday, January 12, 2015

Great trails to see the redwoods and to stay in the shade. I hiked Crystal Springs from Raymundo RD trailhead to Skyline and then back on Richard's Road. Crystal Springs was fantastic, but as a note, going East to West, it is very much uphill. That being said, Richard's road is the same way, but the eastern most mile is fairly flat and follows a great creek. The total loop with Crystal and Richards was 8.2 miles. My favorite part was the banana slugs. They are pretty interesting! As a note, Richard's road has quite a bit of gravel that can be a slip hazard if running west to east. It also has an unfortunate power line running nearly directly over the trail for the last 1.5 miles (western end). Not the end of the world, but kind of mitigates the ambiance. Great trails! Second the issue with having a paper map. I found the Google Maps app on my phone had a great and accurate trail display of the area as a back up.

hiking
Sunday, November 30, 2014

Well maintained trails that are better for running than hiking

trail running
Monday, August 19, 2013

Agree, they have a great trail system here. Nice walks along the creek and up the old Russell road skid trail (dinosaur hill). The upper part of the park is great, you can park on kings mountain and get to the dean trail or near the archery area with lots of nice trails around there.

trail running
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

This is a great trail system. Horse riding, hiking, trail running and even camping (easy car camping). You can do 15+ mile trips or short, 2-4 mile trips as well. Huge, beautiful trees with ravines and creeks throughout. Several of the main paths (Richards Road) are wide and even enough for side-by-side hiking and strollers. That said, there are several single track trails and if you go far enough back into the park you'll hit some serios elevation gains.

hiking
Saturday, June 16, 2012

Beautiful trail but get a map at station. The names of trails are different than what's on here. I plan on coming back to do more.

hiking
Thursday, May 24, 2012

Mothers Day, 2012, we visited Huddart Park to do some hiking. Parked the car just inside the park entrance and started up the Crystal Springs Trail. The trail meanders up the mountain through a gorgeous redwood trees forest. At the top of the mountain, connected to the Summit Springs Trail and skirted the ridge line for approx. 3/4 mile before picking up Archery Fire Road and taking it straight down the mountain back to the car. The Crystal Springs Trail is well marked and maintained. Plenty of switchbacks and nearly all shaded. Archery Fire Road was straight DOWN. Hard on the knees and back, but we took it slow. The descent was fairly steep, 1800' down to 1000' in 1.2 miles. Not a hike I would recommend for small children.

hiking
11 hours ago

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