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greenBlue Franciscan Trail


1.3 mile 2.1 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 112' 34 m
Descent: -259' -79 m
High: 736' 224 m
Low: 526' 160 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)


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Trail shared by David Hitchcock

Hugging the hills of the preserve, the trail works its way through the grasslands and woods.

David Hitchcock

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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 Franciscan Trailhead is located .2 miles from the start of the Ridgeview Trail. The Franciscan Trail cuts to the left as it climbs the hillside. Although the views are obstructed to the west, the noise of the interstate reminds you that you are near a major population area. Lizards scurry along the trail as the trail curves around the hill through the woods and the sounds of the interstate fade the deeper you get into the preserve. At roughly .25 miles, the Live Oak Trail cuts back to the right and climbs the hill while the Franciscan Trail continues straight ahead. The trail emerges from the woods and views of the Serpentine Trail, Old Stage Road, and Bay area spread out before you. A short distance past the intersection, a small trail on the right leads uphill to a bench where you can enjoy views of the preserve and bay area to the east.

The trail continues its descent until the Serpentine Trail intersects with the trail. The Franciscan Trail continues straight ahead as it transforms from dirt to gravel. The trail rises and falls as it wraps around the hillside. The fields on either side of the trail are feeding areas for wildlife in the evenings and good for seeing wildflowers in the spring. At roughly .7 miles, there is a bench to enjoy the views of the preserve and bay area. Entering the woods, the trail narrows and at .8 miles, the Baywood Glen Trail goes off to the right while the Franciscan Trail continues to the left and circles back around the hills. The trail weaves in and out of the woods until it crosses the Old Stage Road. Entering the woods again, the trail narrows as it descends via a set of switchbacks until it terminates at the Edgewood Trail.

At this point, you can return to your car via the path you traveled. If you want to take the Edgewood Trail, go to the left and follow that trail back to where the Ridgeview Trail starts. You can also follow the Franciscan Trail back to any of the trails that intersect with the Franciscan Trail and use those trails to explore more of the preserve.

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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Mar 31, 2019
Javier Ruiz
Dec 8, 2018
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Jun 16, 2018
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Jul 1, 2017
Fraser Street
Apr 17, 2016
David Hitchcock
Hike through the woods that snakes its way through the preserve. 1.3mi

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