San Jose, California
Sam McDonald County Park
San Mateo County
Sam McDonald, a descendent of slaves, was a respected member of Stanford University community and when he died, he left his land to Stanford, stipulating that it be made into a public park. This park, established in 1958, is a lovely place full of old growth Redwood, and gorgeous ridge top views of the San Mateo Coast.
We are going to meet in the Parking Lot and start our loop at the Town Ridge Trail Head, hiking up to Hikers Hut, which is close to the highest point in the park. Hikers Hut is owned and operated by the Sierra Club, and anyone can call the park ahead of time to rent it for a night or two. We will have our meeting on the porch of hikers hut. It’s lovely!
From San Jose, Take 280 north to Sand Hill Rd, heading West. Go Left on Portola Rd, making sure you veer left to stay on Portola, and continue on up to 84, a hair pin turn at the stop sign that will take up to Skyline (breakfast at Alices?) and then through La Honda. About 3 miles past La Honda is Pescadero. Turn left on to Pescadero, and Sam McDonald County Park will be on your left.
Know Before You Go
Dress in layers, temperature may vary.
Hazards are Poison Oak, Rattlesnakes,and Sun burn which is the most prevalent injury bring and use Sun Block.