San Jose, California
Sam McDonald Park
July 2nd, 2005
Walking the Walk
Sam McDonald Park lies between Memorial Park and Portola Park in the beautiful coastal redwoods of San Mateo County. We will meet at the Sam McDonald ranger station off Pescadero Rd. at 10:00 AM. We go from 400 feet to 1000 feet as we hike along the Towne Trail up to Hikers Hut, which is the site of our meeting. We are going to hike a 4 mi loop. It is a level 2.5 hike.
The Towne trail has some great views of the coastal mountains. There are a couple of points where you can see the Pacific. We will head back down to the Ranger Station on the Heritage Grove trail, which is a cool and woodsy trek.
I love the coastal redwoods, and this hike is sure to please. In Loving Service, your host, Jennifer N.
Know before you go
There are no dogs allowed in this park. The meeting site offers many places to sit and eat, but we will not have access to the bathrooms, because you have to reserve the Hikers Hut in order to get that key.
It takes about an hour to get there from San Jose. Parking is $5.
From 101 or 280: Take Highway 84 (Woodside/La Honda/San Gregorio Road) west to La Honda. Or, take 280 to Sandhill Road WEST, turn onto Portola, and take that up to Highway 84. Turn left 1/2 mile past village center in La Honda onto Pescadero Road. The park entrance is on Pescadero Road and 6 miles from the turn-off.
From Highway 1: Take Pescadero Road turn-off. Go east on Pescadero Road about 11 miles to the park entrance.
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