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El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve (Redwood City)

The preserve has over 2800 acres and over 35 miles of dirt trails with small loops that are interconnected and elevation ranges from 2300 to 800 feet. The trails cover mixed evergreen and redwood forests, creekside trails, coastal and forest views and rare sandstone formations. The trails are shared with hikers, bicycles and horses. There is parking for about six cars. There are no toilet facilities or drinking water.

Huddart County Park (Redwood City)

Huddart Park covers 900 acres of hiking and equestrian trails with views of the valley.  Trails cover gulches, creeks, hillsides, coastal redwood forest, mixed evergreen forest and chaparral. Wildlife inhabitants include black-tailed deer, raccoons, black squirrels, jackrabbits, brush bunnies, chipmunks, lizards, a few bobcats, coyotes and grey foxes.  Birds that make their home here are acorn woodpeckers, chickadees, towhees, Steller's Jays, quail, scrub jays, and wrentits. Shrubs include manzanita, chamise, chaparral pea, yerba santa, sticky monkey flower, wild lilac, toyon, wood rose, and poison oak.  Wildflowers, such as western hound's tongue, indian warrior, and fremont's star lily (zygadene lily) also live here.

Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve (Redwood City)

This is a 3,360 acre preserve with 21 miles of trails shared by pedestrians, bicycles and equestrians.  Trails start at high elevation on Skyline Blvd and can go down by 1600 feet.  Most of the trails are shaded by redwoods so the canyon area is moist and a good habitat for banana slugs especially in the winter.  There are ferns, berries, wildflowers, coastal scrub and hardwood forests of tanoak, madrone, and Douglas fir.   On a clear day, there are beautiful views of the ocean and the hills that lead down to the coast.  It is recommended to bring water.  The parking lot is large enough for about ten cars.  There is a pit toilet less than one tenth of a mile from the start of the trail.