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Have you visited Pulgas Ridge lately?

Thanks to grant funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, the District has been busy constructing new features, including a parking lot and restroom and two new trails.

The new parking lot, located just off Edmonds Road, was completed in 2005. There are 21 standard parking spaces, 2 wheelchair-accessible parking spaces, and a restroom facility.

The new 2-mile Dusky-footed Woodrat Trail reaches from the western end of the Hassler Trail, ascends to the ride that adjoins San Francisco Water Department lands, and descends to the easternmost end of the Cordilleras Trail.

The new Dick Bishop Trail, named in memoriam of a former District Board member, extends from the Blue Oak Trail through the Preserve’s south canyon, and eventually connects with the Polly Geraci Trail.

Pulgas Ridge

The Preserve also features an easy-access trail and a dog off-leash area. The Cordilleras Trail, which is designed to accommodate wheelchairs, strollers, or visitors desiring a less strenuous open space experience, adjoins the parking lot and travels through a meadow to a bench located in a quiet, wooded area by Cordilleras Creek. Across the creek, the one-mile Polly Geraci Trail ascends an oak-covered hillside to the top of the Preserve, where vegetation changes to chaparral, providing a great place to enjoy the view. The Polly Geraci Trail meets the paved Hassler Trail, which in turn connects to the Blue Oak Trail and Cordilleras Trail, creating an easy two-mile loop. Visitors may let their dogs roam off-leash in the 17.5-acre area in the center of the Preserve.


Dog walkers are required to bag and remove all dog waste from all popular dog-friendly preserves, including Pulgas Ridge. Moving dog waste off trail is not permitted.

  • Please bag and remove dog waste from the Preserve by packing it out.
  • Do NOT leave bagged waste at the Preserve or outside Preserve restrooms; the plumbing cannot tolerate plastic.
  • Leaving bagged waste is considered littering, and failure to comply may result in a fine.


Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve is located in the hills above the towns of San Carlos and Redwood City. From Highway 280, exit Edgewood Road. Travel 0.75 miles northeast on Edgewood Road toward Redwood City. Turn left (north) on Crestview Drive, then immediately turn left on Edmonds Road. Follow Edmonds Road to the preserve entrance on the right.

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Trail Conditions

The cutover trail from the Preserve parking lot to the Cordilleras Trail is now OPEN.

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that seasonal trail closures may change from day to day without notice, based on changing weather conditions. Also note that during winter storm season high waters can make creek crossings hazardous, so plan your outing accordingly.

Last updated on: 4/23/2014

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