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Sunset Trail

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Trail

1.0 mile 1.5 kilometer point to point
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 9' 3 m
Descent: -194' -59 m
High: 767' 234 m
Low: 573' 175 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 8% (4°)

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Trail shared by David Hitchcock

A trail through fields of flowers with views of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

David Hitchcock

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly A relatively short route through open fields with the opportunity to view wildlife feeding in the evenings.

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 Sunset Trail starts at the entrance to the preserve at the intersection of Hillcrest and Sunset Ways. Parking is available along the road as long as you don't block the driveways of the private residences.

The trail enters the preserve on a wide gravel road that leads to a power station on the left of the trail. It narrows slightly as it moves deeper into the preserve and comes to an informational kiosk that has maps and activity information. At this point, the Clarkia Trail goes off to the left and descends to Cañada Road while the Sunset Trail continues straight ahead. Shortly after passing the Clarkia Trail, the Serpentine Trail breaks off to the right where a limited view of the San Francisco Bay comes into view. The trail moves its way through the open fields where wildflowers can be seen blooming in the spring. As the trail descends slightly, there appear to be several manmade paths up the surrounding hills, but these trails should not be followed as it damages the fields and ecosystem of the preserve.

The trail passes a small connector trail that leads off to the left and meets up with the Clarkia Trail again. Good views of the interstate and Santa Clara Mountains stretch out before you. Working its way through the fields, the Ridgeview Trail can be seen on the right above the trail. There are some trees and shrubs that provide a little bit of shade. The trail remains wide as it mades continues to descend to the intersection of the Edgewood Trail, which comes into the preserve from the left from Cañada Road.

At this point, you can return to your car by turning around and following the Sunset Trail. If you want to explore further, follow the Edgewood Trail straight ahead until the Ridgeview Trail cuts off to the right. Follow the Ridgeview Trail back to the Serpentine Trail and then back to the Sunset Trail. It's roughly a mile roundtrip, but offers great views and opportunities to see wildlife in the evenings.

Flora & Fauna

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.

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Dec 26, 2017
Fraser Street
May 28, 2017
Fraser Street
Apr 16, 2016
David Hitchcock
Easy hike from trailhead to the Ridgeview Trail. 1mi

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The sunset trail as it winds its way through the fields in the preserve.  Wildflowers bloom in the fields in the spring, and animals feed in the fields in the evenings.
Apr 27, 2016 near Emerald…, CA
The Sunset Trail winds through the preserve as fields of wildflowers can be seen on either side.  The gentle climb on the Ridgeview Trail offers great views.
Apr 19, 2016 near Emerald…, CA
The trail hugs the hillside, as views of the fields below the trail spread out before you.  You can see the yellow flowers blooming in the spring in the distant fields.  Deer have been seen feeding in these fields.
Apr 19, 2016 near Emerald…, CA
Even though it looks like a trail to the terminus of the Ridgeview Trail, you should not take this trail as it is a shortcut through the field.
Apr 27, 2016 near Emerald…, CA
Deer feed in the fields alongside the trail.  In the evenings and mornings, animal can be seen feeding in the fields.
Apr 27, 2016 near Emerald…, CA
Hikers can be seen on the Ridgeview Trail, which runs parallel to the Sunset Trail on the hillside above.
Apr 27, 2016 near Emerald…, CA

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