Hike in Huddart Park


Hike Date: 10:00 am, Wednesday, July 26, 2017
4.44 miles, 1.5 hours, 890 feet 

Crystal Springs Trail “With barbecue pits, a playground, grassy meadows, and hiking and riding trails, Huddart Park makes a great place to have a picnic or explore a redwood forest.” (test source: smcgov)

FEATURES

Mixed evergreen forest comprising trees like coast redwoods, coast live oaks, and douglas firs.

ABOUT THE HIKE

I went for this one with the San Jose Mid-Week Hiker’s meetup group. It is a relatively brisk-walking group. Met new people, had awesome conversations, and exchanged stories and ideas – all while hiking. In all, there were fourteen hikers. There were no rest stops.

I loved this park because it so lush and shaded, really an excellent place to hike in summers. It has got to be my second favorite after El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve.

Here is a link to the official website of this county park that comes under San Mateo.

  1. Parking Lot: Zwierlein Picnic Area (second right after the pay station), ample parking space
  2. Parking Fee: $6 (cash only, exact change required)
  3. Restroom: Two, both next to the parking lot/trailhead (‘A’ in the route below)
  4. Trailhead: Next to the parking lot
  5. Exposure: Completely shaded
  6. Route (anti-clockwise):
    • Trailhead (A) –> Left at Crystal Springs Trail (B) (this is a fork-junction and both left and right trails are named Crystal Springs Trail)
    • Left at the fork –> Dean Trail (C)
    • Right at the fork –> Campground Trail (D)
    • Left at the fork –> Crystal Springs Trail (E)
    • Right at the fork –> Dean Trail (F) (stay on Dean Trail at all forks)
  7. Route Map:
  8. Terrain Profile:

HIKE STATS

  1. Distance: 4.4 miles
  2. Time: 1 hour 45 minutes (Moving Time: 1 hour 30 minutes)
  3. Avg Moving Pace: 20:45 min/mi
  4. Elevation Gain: 890 feet
  5. Elevation Profile:

SHOTS FROm THE HIKE 

Crystal Springs Trail

Crystal Springs Trail (B)

At the Junction of Campground Trail and Crystal Springs Trail

At the Junction of Campground Trail (D) and Crystal Springs Trail (E)

Crystal Springs Trail

Crystal Springs Trail (E)

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