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This scenic wooded hike offers a great combination of elevation change, length, and beauty. A downhill section flattens out to follow Union Creek as it winds through second-growth redwoods.
As you the shaded hike, enjoy the sights including redwoods, oaks, manzanita, California coffeeberry, Douglas-fir and many kinds of ferns. This property is also home to bobcats, black-tailed deer, eagles, newts and banana slugs
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The trails in Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) offer many great combinations of elevation change and length. For a fun, moderate 4.6-mile hike take the path from the Huddart Park entrance, then hike from the Crystal Springs Trail to Richard’s Road, then take the Miramontes Trail. Turn around at the junction with the Raymundo Trail.
The Skyline Trail is part of the POST-protected Phleger Estate. Once known as Mountain Meadow, the historic Phleger Estate is a former logging site where redwoods and wildlife habitat are now protected as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Enjoy walking along shady Union Creek under the redwoods. POST protected this 1,252-acre estate in 1994 with the help of donors, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and Save-the-Redwoods League. It opened to the public in 1995 after POST secured $10.5 million from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund and transferred the land to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.