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All Midpen Preserves are open to the public free of charge, 365 days a year from dawn until one-half hour after sunset.
Wheelchair accessible Pulgas Ridge, near the City of San Carlos provides trails for hiking and walking one's dog, including an off-leash area where visitors' dogs can run free. This Preserve's six miles of trails offer access to cool canyons and a ridge top with views toward the bay and surrounding hillsides.
DIRECTIONS & PARKING
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.
The Preserve 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.
Visitors may let their dogs roam off-leash in the 17.5-acre area in the center of the Preserve.
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. The trail extends 0.8 miles at a very slight grade. The first part of this trail parallels a paved road. This paved road continues to the top of the hill and the grade exceeds 10% and may be too steep for wheelchair use. The accessible trail leads away from this road, bringing visitors into a quiet wooded valley with a delightful little clearing and bench, next to the 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.
The 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 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.
Below is a list of some basic regulations that will help to ensure a safe, enjoyable visit.
Scenic Aerobic Hike
Dusky-footed Woodrat and Friends
What Makes it Chaparral?
Nature at Night
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: 5/7/2015