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Edgewood park is one of the best places on the Peninsula to see wildflowers in the spring, but this hike is nice year-round.
Deer, coyote, bobcats, and raccoons are often spotted along these trails. The Bay checkerspot butterfly, which once lived throughout the entire Bay Area, is now an endangered species found only in this and a few other San Mateo and Santa Clara County parks.
Edgewood Park and Nature Preserve contains wetland, grassland, oak woodland, and chaparral habitats among its 467 acres. The park and the surrounding region were formed millions of years ago, when the Farallon and the North American tectonic plates converged. The subduction of the Farallon plate left behind large amounts of rock, including serpentinite, a very rare rock type that is found at Edgewood Park. In spring, wildflowers bloom densely among the grasslands that thrive in the serpentine soil.
Edgewood is home to a number of endangered species. The Bay checkerspot butterfly, which once lived throughout the entire Bay Area, is now found only in this and a few other San Mateo and Santa Clara County parks. Ten endangered plants also thrive in the park. One of these, the San Mateo Thornmint, was prevalent in the Bay Area hills until development encroached on its habitat. The habitats of these rare plant and animal species are protected, and may be off-limits; be sure to pay attention to signs and stay on trails as you explore.