900 acres of deep forest, chaparral and oak savanna with abundant wildlife
HIGHLIGHTS: With 900 acres of deep forest, chaparral and oak savanna, Huddart Park offers abundant outdoor recreational opportunities a short drive from San Francisco and the cities of the San Francisco Peninsula. Though this property near the town of Woodside was logged long ago, the park’s canyons have been reclaimed by verdant stands of large, second-growth redwoods; the massive stumps of their forebears remain. Redwood sorrel and sword fern conjoin in a ground-hugging understory in the redwood groves. Elsewhere, mixed coniferous forest, manzanita and chamise fields, open hardwood savannas and grasslands create a rich and diverse tapestry of ecosystems that are abundant in wildlife.
ACTIVITIES: The park has a large and well-maintained trail system, offering a variety of hikes through varied terrain. Picnicking and bird-watching are also favored activities. The park has an archery range, and also is well-known for organized events and activities for youths.
VISITOR CENTER: None.
CAMPGROUNDS: The park, managed by the San Mateo County Parks Department, has three group campgrounds, a day camp area with an adjacent amphitheater, drop-in family picnic areas, five group picnic areas and three sheltered group picnic areas. All may be reserved; call 650-363-4021.
TRAILS: There are 14 miles of trails at the park, with routes ranging from 0.6 to 4 miles. For an easy hike, try the 0.4 mile Canyon Trail, a single track that traverses redwood and mixed hardwood forest and connects to longer trails. The 4-mile Crystal Springs Trail is the only trail that traverses the park from its summit to its base elevation.
MUST-SEE UNIQUE FEATURE OR SEASONAL HIGHLIGHT: The Richard’s Road Trail – a fire road on the northern edge of the park – follows West Union Creek through especially luxuriant redwood forest. The creek, a tributary to San Francisquito Creek, is a spawning stream for steelhead trout.
HIDDEN GEM: The Redwood Nature Trail is a 0.7-mile self-guided nature walk that features plant identification placards on native trees and shrubs. The trail wends through redwood and oak forests and chaparral stands.
FEATURES ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES: Restrooms and picnic areas.
DOGS: Not allowed in the park.
ENTRANCE FEE: $6 for each vehicle.
SPECIAL EVENTS: Docent-led nature tours can be scheduled at info@huddartwunderlichfriends. The park also maintains an extremely popular day camp. To make reservations, call 650-363-4021, or go to the reservations webpage.
MORE INFORMATION: Visit the park’s webpage or call 650-851-1210.
EAT: In nearby Woodside, Roberts Market (external link) has a good deli. Buck’s (external link) is a sit-down restaurant often called the Cheers of Silicon Valley: venture capitalists and tech entrepreneurs come to dine, unwind and close deals.
Kelsey Lamberto, Public Relations Specialist, recommends picking up sandwiches for a picnic at Lorenzo’s (external link) in Belmont (their special garlic sauce is amazing).
STOP: Kelsey suggests grabbing breakfast or lunch at Café Borrone (external link) in Menlo Park (great for rustic, European-style fare like baked goods, salads and sandwiches).
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Acres Protected by the League: none
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