The Sawyer Camp segment of the Crystal Springs Trail is one of San Mateo County’s most popular outdoor destinations. On Saturday, July 21, you are invited to learn about the history of the area and the plants and animals along the route from rangers and trained volunteers during a free guided hike.
Meet at 9 a.m. at the trail entrance west of San Mateo at Highway 35 and Crystal Springs Road (Google map link). The hike is part of the popular Take A Hike series that encourages residents to explore a new County park each month.
The trail parallels the Coastal Range ridge, the backbone of the Peninsula and offers spectacular views of the Peninsula Watershed and the Crystal Springs Reservoir. More than 180 different species of birds have been sighted in the area, including hawks and eagles. Hikers often see deer and squirrels along trail.
The pristine Watershed area surrounding the trail is recognized by the California Department of Fish and Game as a Fish Wildlife Refuge and is considered a Biosphere Reserve.
Come along and test your knowledge of local history. Midway along the Sawyer Camp segment you will find the Jepson Laurel, a tree that has been established to be more than 600 years old and is now the oldest and largest known Laurel in California. In 1923, this tree was named in honor of Willis Linn Jepson, a noted California botanist.
Due to the popularity of this location, parking spots fill quickly. We highly recommend sharing a ride with fellow Take A Hike participants.
Call 650-599-1009 for more information.
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