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Edgewood Hike Information

Edgewood park is one of the best places on the Peninsula to see wildflowers in the spring, but this hike is nice year-round.

Watch for:

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.

Hiking Details for Edgewood

Distance: 2 miles

Elevation change: 350 feet

Hiking time: 1 hour

Trail surface: Packed dirt

Best Season: Year round, but Spring for wildflowers

Managing agency: San Mateo County Parks

Parking lot location: Click here for directions

Overview: The serpentine soils of Edgewood Park make it ideal for wildflowers, and in the spring it boasts one of the most intense displays on the Peninsula. This loop hike takes you through the center of the park and is one of the best ways to see the colorful show. At other times of year it is still a beautiful hike through thick grasslands with lovely views.

Start your hike at the Sunset Trailhead and follow the Serpentine Trail. When it ends at the Edgewood Trail, head left, and then turn left again onto the Sunset Trail to head back to the trailhead.

Directions to the Edgewood Hike

From Highway 280, exit at Edgewood Rd heading west. Turn left on Cañada Road, continue for 1.7 miles. Turn left onto Jefferson Ave for .9 miles, then turn left onto California Way and right onto Sunset Way. Park on the street near the Sunset Trailhead.

More About Edgewood Park

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.

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