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A trail through the woods that traverses the preserve. Great for wildflowers in the spring.

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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.


The Edgewood Trailhead is located on Edgewood Road west of I-280. There is a parking lot on the left and right hand side of the road at the Cañada Road intersection. Additional parking can be found along Cañada Road. Cañada Road is a popular road for cyclists on the weekend, so the parking lot might be full on the weekend.

The Edgewood Trail leaves the parking lot as a narrow dirt path. As the road rises above the trail on the left hand side of the trail, it gently climbs uphill following a chainlink fence on the right. The trail cuts to the right and follows the interstate for a little bit as wildflowers can be seen on both sides of the trail in the spring. At roughly .5 miles, the trail cuts underneath the interstate, where there is some shade to rest, and enters into the Edgewood Park and Nature Preserve. The trail continues until it meets up with the Sunset Trail at an informational kiosk where maps and info about the preserve are posted.

The trail widens as it cuts to the left and begins to climb the hillside deeper into the preserve. The Ridgeview Trail cuts off to the right shortly departing the kiosk. Views of homes, hills, and mountains spread out before you at top of the hill. Flowers line both sides of the trail as the Serpentine Trail goes off to the right as the Edgewood Trail narrows to be a singletrack trail. At roughly .9 miles, the trail enters the woods and provides a great amount of shade for a majority of the rest of the way. The hill drops off steeply on the left hand side of the trail as the trail winds its way along the contours of the surrounding hills.

At roughly the 1 mile mark, the trail begins to descend through the woods as it makes its way toward the Bill and Jean Lane Education Center. The trail is slightly overgrown in this section with grasses growing into the trail. Wildflowers can be seen in open areas in the woods. At 1.4 miles, the Franciscan Trail cuts off to the right while the Edgewood Trail continues to descend. At 1.5 miles, the trail crosses the Old Stage Road and descends more steeply via a series of switchbacks. Emerging at the education center, the trail terminates at the parking lot adjacent to the picnic area.

From here, you can return to your car via the path that you just traveled. You can also take the Sylvan Trail, Serpentine Trail, and the Sunset Trail back to where the Sunset Trail meets the Edgewood Trail, roughly 2.1 miles.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, coyotes, rabbits, turkeys, hawks, hummingbirds and other varieties of birds can be seen along the trail. Lizards scramble underfoot and along the trail. Rattlesnakes and other reptiles can be encountered, so watch your step. Several varieties of birds can be seen in the trees along the trail.

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


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David Hitchcock

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The trail as it heads uphill and away from the interstate.
Apr 27, 2016 near Emerald…, CA
Wildflowers, including California Poppies, can be seen along the trail.
Apr 27, 2016 near Emerald…, CA
The Serpentine Trail begins to make its way from the Edgewood Trail.
Apr 27, 2016 near Emerald…, CA
The trail meanders through the grasslands toward the Serpentine Trail.
Apr 22, 2016 near Emerald…, CA
The trail as it makes its way into the grasslands.  The trail levels out at this point.
Apr 22, 2016 near Emerald…, CA
A couple of placards sit beside the trail and provide information on the flora and fauna found in the preserve.
Apr 27, 2016 near Emerald…, CA



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May 19, 2022
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Jul 23, 2020
Gary Ulibarri
total of many trails in the park. 4mi — 1h 40m
Mar 31, 2019
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Mar 17, 2019
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Jun 16, 2018
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May 20, 2018
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