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Pulgas Water Temple Area Exploration

EASY 14 reviews

Pulgas Water Temple Area Exploration is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Redwood City, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Distance: 4.1 miles Elevation Gain: 374 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly


nature trips



wild flowers

no dogs

The Pulgas Water Temple was built at the terminus of the Hetch Hetchy aqueduct as a monument to the new water system. It's located within the watershed, just south of Crystal Springs reservoir. An inscription at the top reads, "I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people," a biblical quote from Isaiah. The San Francisco Peninsula Watershed, managed by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, is home to trails that offer access to remote wilderness, Northern California geology, and opportunities to enjoy ridge-top vistas of our watershed lands, reservoirs, the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. The newly-opened portion of the SFPUC Peninsula Watershed's Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail, accessible through guided tours, starts at Skyline Quarry on Highway 92 and extends northward to the watershed boundary at the Portola Ridge Gate. Pulgas Water Temple and its parking lot are open to the public on weekdays, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. The parking lot is closed on weekends.

Blech! If you want to go to the water temple take a different hike or make it part of a longer hike. Had to park under highway 280 amidst garbage then walk down an uninspiring road only to cross over another highway. When I arrived at the water temple it was closed! Gates close at 3:30 NOT 4:00 and I got there at 3:20. Sooooo.....blech! :-(

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