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green Clarkia Trail

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0.9 mile 1.4 kilometer point to point
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 237' 72 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 746' 227 m
Low: 509' 155 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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Trail shared by David Hitchcock

A trail from Cañada Road up to the Sunset Trail with great views of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

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Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly The trail is a gentle climb with great views. Wildlife can be seen in the evenings during feeding time.

The Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve is open from 8 am to sunset every day. Check the San Mateo County website for more information regarding closing times.

Description

The Clarkia Trail starts at a parking area on Cañada Road, which is popular with cyclists on the weekends, and climbs up the side of the road and into the Edgewood Park and Nature Preserve. It is a narrow dirt trail as it begins to move away from the interstate. Trees provide shade along the trail at this point as it moves uphill and away from the grasslands.

Around .4 miles, the trail passes by a rock field on the left hand side of the trail as the environment begins to change from grassland to shrubs and trees. As it approaches the ridge, the lower portion of the trail begins to erode away in areas before it emerges at a connector that leads to the Sunset Trail. At this point, the fields open up and views of the surrounding hills spread out before you. The Clarkia Trail continues to go off to the right.

The trail gets noticeably rougher through this portion of the trail. Shrubs line both sides of the trail and there are limited views of the hills and homes in the area. The trail emerges from the shrubs at the junction with the Sunset Trail, where the Clarkia Trail ends. There is an information board at the end of the trail that provides trail information and other important news related to the Edgewood Park and Nature Preserve. Going to the right, the trail exits the preserve at Hillcrest Way and Sunset Way. Following the Sunset Trail to the left, you can either explore the Sunset Trail or Serpentine Trail. In order to get back to your car, follow the path back to your car.

More information on the trail can be found at the park's website.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, coyotes, rabbits, turkeys, hawks and other varieties of birds can be seen along the trail.

Wildflowers can be seen along the trail, especially in the spring.

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Mar 26, 2019
Benjamin Lefaudeux
Nov 4, 2018
Fraser Street
Apr 16, 2016
David Hitchcock
Good climb to the hill tops and fields. 0.9mi

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