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Edgewood County Park From Cañada College

February 6, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

This car-free trip takes you to Edgewood County Park, a favorite spot for wildflower viewing in the Spring and a pleasant hiking spot year-round. Starting at Cañada College, you will hike a portion of the Crystal Springs Trail to connect with Edgewood. After looping through Edgewood and stopping at a viewpoint, you’ll exit the park on a different trail to head back to Cañada College.

Places visited: Edgewood County Park, Crystal Springs Trail
Approximate Length: 9.75 miles
Hiking Time: 5 hours
Map: Edgewood County Park (PDF), Cañada College
Terrain: Mix of flat sections and moderate climbs on dirt trails
Transit schedule: SamTrans 274 (PDF)
Start and end point: SamTrans stop at Cañada College, Redwood City

Getting to the start point:

  • From San Francisco, take Caltrain south to Redwood City. Walk to the bus stop area adjacent to the train tracks to the waiting area for SamTrans 274. Take the bus to the end of its line at Cañada College.
  • From the Peninsula and South Bay, take Caltrain to Redwood City. Walk to the bus stop area adjacent to the train tracks to the waiting area for SamTrans 274. Take the bus to the end of its line at Cañada College.
  • From the East Bay, take a Millbrae BART train. Depending on the day and time, you may need to transfer to the Millbrae train. At Millbrae, go to the southbound Caltrain waiting area. Take Caltrain south to Redwood City. Walk to the bus stop area adjacent to the train tracks to the waiting area for SamTrans 274. Take the bus to the end of its line at Cañada College.
  • From the North Bay, take Golden Gate Transit Route 70/80 or 10 to San Francisco. Get off at Howard and Fourth Street, and walk south on Fourth Street to the Caltrain station at Fourth and King streets. (Note that on the way back you will pick up the Golden Gate Transit bus on Folsom rather than Howard. Take Caltrain south to Redwood City. Walk to the bus stop area adjacent to the train tracks to the waiting area for SamTrans 274. Take the bus to the end of its line at Cañada College.

Notes:

  • Make sure to pack a lunch for this hike, as there are no food options near the start and end point on Saturdays and limited options at campus food vendors during the week. If you take the bus from the Redwood City Caltrain station, the adjacent shopping center has a Safeway and takeout food options. Across the street from the shopping center (on El Camino Real) is a Whole Foods market and deli.
  • The hike as described can be done on weekdays and Saturdays. The SamTrans 274 route does not run on Sundays. As of this writing the last bus leaves Cañada College at 5:05 pm on Saturdays.
  • You can use this basic route to get to Edgewood County Park, but vary your route through the park. The suggested route is ideal for wildflower viewing. The Sylvan Trail loop is a nice shady option during the summer months. It would also be possible to take trail along Cañada Road to or from Edgewood, but I don’t recommend this option. The trail runs right alongside Cañada, which is a very popular bike route on the weekends. Along portions of the Crystal Springs Trail you’ll have some freeway noise, but you may have the trail to yourself save for the occasional equestrian.

Directions:

  • From the bus stop, continue straight along the road where the bus has dropped you off, passing athletic facilities on your left.
  • Shortly, turn right at the next intersection, Campus Circle. The sign here points to Cañada Road.
  • Pass parking lots on your right and left, and continue down the road. Keep to the side of the road and watch for cars.
  • Follow the road as it makes a sharp switchback to the right.
  • Follow the road as it starts to veer left.
  • Turn left at the next intersection, West Entry (straight is the loop back to the campus).
  • At the T, Cañada Road, carefully cross straight and turn left at the other side of the road.
  • Walk along the dirt path on the side of the road, crossing under the highway.
  • Shortly after you have crossed under the highway, turn right at Runnymede.
  • Walk along the left side of the road on the wide dirt path.
  • After about 3/4 mile, the road curves left. Here you will continue straight ahead through a short paved section to reach the entrance to Crystal Springs Trail.
  • Continue straight on the dirt trail as it parallels the highway.
  • Continue on the trail as it drops down and away from the highway.
  • Continue straight as the trail meets up with Cañada Road. Note the plaque on your left signifying the town of West Union.
  • Stay on the left side of the road, watching for cars and trucks pulling up or away from the road in this section.
  • Turn right at the next intersection, Edgewood Road. Use the crosswalk, and walk on the right side of Edgewood.
  • Just past the parking area, continue on the dirt trail to the right of the road, the Edgewood Trail.
  • Continue on the trail as it curves right and then left to pass under the freeway.
  • Turn right at the fork that comes shortly after you have crossed under the highway, the Serpentine Loop.
  • Turn left at the fork to continue on the Serpentine Loop.
  • Turn left to continue on the Serpentine Loop.
  • Stay right at the next fork to continue on the Serpentine Loop.
  • Shortly turn left to continue on the Serpentine Loop.
  • Continue straight at the next intersection to stay on the Serpentine Loop.
  • Continue straight past the service road to stay on the Serpentine Loop.
  • Turn left at the Edgewood Trail.
  • Shortly, make a left at the Francisco Trail.
  • Stay right at the intersection with the Ridgeview Loop.
  • Continue straight on the Ridgeview Loop until the scenic viewpoint.
  • Make a sharp right to go the to view point. This is a good spot to stop for lunch.
  • When you are ready, head back from the viewpoint and make a sharp right at the Live Oak Trail.
  • Shortly, continue straight (downhill) onto the Serpentine Loop.
  • Make a left at the next intersection and then very shortly make a right onto the Clarkia Trail.
  • Stay to the left at the next intersection, continuing on the Clarkia Trail.
  • At the end of the Clarkia Trail, at Cañada Road, carefully cross Cañada and turn right.
  • Continue along Cañada past the freeway onramp, underneath the freeway and past another onramp. The onramps here are not usually busy, but keep an eye out for traffic.
  • Just past the onramp, head on to the dirt trail to the left of Cañada Road. The trail starts just to the left of the I-280 sign and veers away from the road here.
  • Shortly, turn left at the Crystal Springs Trail.
  • Follow the Crystal Springs Trail back the way you came earlier. When the trail ends, continue straight along the side of Runnymede Road.
  • Turn left at Cañada Road and follow it under the freeway.
  • Carefully cross the street and turn right at West Entry Road.
  • Turn right at the intersection to continue back to Cañada College.
  • Follow the road as it switchbacks to campus, watching for cars.
  • Turn left at Loop Road and back to the bus stop. Congratulations, you made it!
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  1. February 7, 2010 at 6:02 am

    One of the great things about this blog is the introduction to new places, like Canada College.

  2. February 8, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    Please let me know the next time you do this hike, I’d love to hike it with you.

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