Features: Views — Wildflowers — Wildlife
Family Friendly: It climbs gently through the preserve, where some of the best views of the San Francisco Bay come into view. The grasslands offer opportunities to see wildflowers and animals feeding in the evening.
Dogs: No Dogs
The Serpentine Trail
is located .1 miles north of the Edgewood Trail
and Sunset Trail
junction on the west side of the preserve. The Serpentine Trail
departs the Edgewood Trail
to the right and climbs gently up into the grasslands. Wildflowers can be seen on both sides of the trail in the spring time. The trail continues to climb and passes a great shade tree on the left hand side of the trail. As the trail moves deeper into the preserve, the noise from the interstate begins to fade. At .3 miles, the Old Stage Road
goes off to the left through the fields as views of the San Francisco Bay and the surrounding hills come into view. It's a great place to take a break and enjoy the views.
The Serpentine Trail
goes off to the right and drops down the hillside. The dirt track intersects with the Franciscan Trail
at roughly .5 miles as shrubs begin to crowd in on the trail. Hummingbirds can be seen resting on bushes and animals can be seen feeding in the fields in the evening. The trail enters the woods and continues until it emerges from the trees at the Sylvan Trail
intersection. In the woods, there are a couple of obstructed views of the San Francisco Bay, but the views open up at the intersection. The Sylvan Trail
goes off to the left at this point, while the Serpentine Trail
snakes its way up the hillside to the right. The trail is rougher and rockier in this .2 mile section that climbs to the Live Oak Trail
, which cuts back to the right. Continuing straight ahead, the trail levels off until it meets up with the Sunset Trail
From this point, you can return to the trailhead via the Sunset Trail
or use the other trails that have intersected with the trail along the way to explore other areas of the preserve.
Deer, coyotes, rabbits, turkeys, hawks, hummingbirds and other varieties of birds can be seen along the trail.
Wildflowers can be seen along the trail in the fields, especially in the spring.