Dean Trail and Campground Trail

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Huddart County Park

Dean Trail and Campground Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Redwood City, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length3.6 miElevation gain695 ftRoute typeLoop
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To get into the San Mateo County Park - Huddart Park Easy-to-moderate look hike provides a shady getaway from festivities at the popular park Huddart County Park west of Woodside, Calif., has popular picnic areas that attract noisy crowds; fortunately the hoots of hollering kids fade into the tweets of singing birds within minutes of hitting the trails. Huddart has a nice mix of redwoods and mixed evergreen forests plus a few expanses of open chaparral. This hike has a just-right mix of shady forest, moderate distance and tolerable ascents. A great one to take the kids on. Trails on this hike: Dean Trail > Crystal Springs Trail > Campground Trail. Huddart has over 24 miles of trails; this hike should be just enough to get you interested in more extended explorations. Crystal Springs Trail is especially scenic, and the Miramontes Trail over to Phleger Estate is always worth a look. Pick up a park map at the entrance kiosk for more ideas. Best times to go: With its abundance of shade, this is a nice all-year park, though summer might be a bit warm. The rest of the year it'll quite comfortable. Spring wildflowers will be memorable.

Huddart Park volunteers group http://www.parksupport.org Contact: (650) 851-1210

Parking: $5; follow signs to Zwierlein Trail Heads parking area Hours: 8 a.m. to around dusk (closing varies according to season). Limitations: No dogs or other pets

Driving directions: From Interstate 280 in San Mateo County, take the Woodside Road exit (California Highway 84). Go west through town of Woodside for about 1.5 miles, then go right on Kings Mountain Road. Go about 2 miles to the park entrance on the right.

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Walt Carvalho
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This is a partial hike on the Dean Trail. Starting at the pay station just after park entrance station. Shaded trail. Good for a short hike.

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Rashmi Kulkarni
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Eduardo Alcantar
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Beautiful

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采盈 林
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Cindy Pelger
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Martha Simmons
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Well maintained. Lovely moss covered trees and funky mushrooms.

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Kyle Wilkinson
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We entered the trailhead at the wrong place so we made our own trail which was kinda difficult. But the actual trail once we got to it was nice and paved.

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shafi dayatar
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Abigail Pynn
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Suryaprakash Vijayaraghavan
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Yixing Jiang
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The view isn’t quite good, but it’s all covered by shades, and quite a good exercise

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L Strayhorn
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Nice shady trail with a gentle slope up then downhill all the way back. Best to start on Dean Trail for the uphill.

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Alejandra Pillmore
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Nice shade, gradual yet challenging incline, and beautiful trees.

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Bhuvana Bairy
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Took a while to find the trailhead. First mile of the trail is on a road. Shaded throughout. Beautiful trees around. Incline is gradual and not hard on the legs.

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Cindy Pelger
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Genevieve Helsel
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HikingFeeGreat!

Shady due to the tall trees, plenty of parking. $6 entry fee (no change). Really well kept trails, watch out for horse manure.

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Amie Zheng
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Jason Scalese
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Beautiful trail, I took my five-year-old boy who has been doing a lot a big hikes and we like this one because of the diversity in trail, lots of trees and plenty of open space to run in which I could still see him since I cannot run like him anymore. Only issue was that it seem to be a tad longer than we planned nonetheless a beautiful hike to take on a hot day.

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Jack Evans
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Could get lost but always end up at the park. Awesome time! Bring a windbreaker or sweater it gets chilly.

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Kayla Queen-Walls
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Love love love ! My all time favorite trail so far ! So many hidden gems within the trail that you just have to discover for yourself ! Can’t wait till covid is over so we can actually get a campsite here and explore more !

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Austin Steelman
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No real views to speak of but I nice peaceful walk through some beautiful redwoods.

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Jena Gee
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2nd time on the trail, definitely go CCW (up Dean’s Trail) - then uphill has more interesting scenery and downhill is on the paved Campground Trail

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Kate McCarthy
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Dean is a nice, shady trail with lots of redwoods and easy to moderate in difficulty. We saw a couple deer, a chipmunk, and various birds. Very pleasant hike perfect to walk with my 8yo on his birthday. Campground “trail” is really a wide paved road for cars — I’d suggest picking a different route back. At least provided some varied scenery though. 2 hrs round trip from parking lot, walking at a pretty leisurely pace with an 8yo.

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Aubri Nesmith
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Lovely, well-marked trail with plenty of shade. Mostly forested. Overall it took us about 1.5 hours at a moderate walk. Met less than 20 people on the trail on a Saturday afternoon. Very dusty with deep loose soil in some areas during dry conditions. Watch out for horse manure! The final mile or so joins a road, which was less pleasant to walk, but not bad. The park is $6 per car to enter, and has plenty of parking, picnic, and restroom facilities.

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Eleni Eleni Giannis
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Great! Nice and shady and well marked.

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Payam Kz
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Jonathan K
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$6 fee to get into the San Mateo County Part - Huddart Park. Trail is uneventful. Nice up and back. It does not have views (at least not that we got to). And bikes are not allowed on the trail but are allowed in the picnic area in the park, on paved roads. It's a nice walk. The ranger suggested that driving a little farther away from 280 to either Corte de Madera (a mid peninsula park) or Phleiger Estate (GGNRA) would lead to some better trails.

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Yana Koval
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