ElevationAscent: 40' 12 m
Descent: -135' -41 m
High: 1,125' 343 m
Low: 1,012' 309 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)
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“A trail running underneath a canopy of redwood and eucalyptus trees from Redwood Flat to the Meadow Trail junction.”— David Hitchcock
From Bear Gulch Trail, the trail takes off to the left and passes a bench that sits just off the right-hand side of the trail. The redwoods provide a lot of shade, which makes it a good trail to take even on a sunny day. The trail weaves through the trees, with vegetation thick in places. Deer may be seen early in the mornings or in the evenings as they work their way through the woods feeding.
The double-wide dirt trail descends slightly for the first 0.3 miles before essentially leveling out under the canopy of redwoods. The trail rises slightly around the 0.4 mile mark as the redwood trees begin to thin and a wider variety of trees can be seen. The trail dips again as it approaches Salamander Flat. Through the trees, you can see the algae-covered reservoir that used to provide water for the Folger Estate. Today, it provides a home for the rough-skinned newts that call it home.
After you pass the pond, the trail winds around a corner and emerges at a junction with the Meadow Trail, where a grove of eucalyptus trees rise above you instead of redwoods. From here, you can go to the right and climb higher into the park, or take a left and descend back to the parking area via the Loop or Alambique Trail.
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Land Manager: San Mateo County Department of Parks