Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve

Pulgas Ridge Open Space

Edmonds Rd.
Redwood City, California 94061
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Local Phone: (650) 691-1200
E-mail: info@openspace.org

Midpeninsula Regional Open Space logoThis 366-acre preserve has six miles of hiking trails, picnic areas and even an off-leash area where your dog can run free.

Part of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, it's located  in the hills above San Carlos and Redwood City.

Elevation gain on the trails is only about 300 feet, and the inclines are gentle. The Polly Geraci Trail winds along the Cordilleras stream bed and meets the paved Hassler Trail on the 650-foot hilltop.

The Blue Oak Trail begins just past the private Redwood Center and climbs through oaks to meet the paved trail at around 450 feet in elevation.

The paved road continues across the grassy hill to the edge of a roadside viewpoint on Interstate 280. Constructing a loop of the Cordilleras, Polly Geraci, Hassler and Blue Oak Trails constitutes about three miles.

New trails include the Dusky-Footed Woodrat Trail and Dick Bishop Trail. 

The Preserve also features an easy-access trail and a dog off-leash area.

• Please bag and remove all dog waste.
• Hours: The preserve is open from sunrise to sunset


• Exit Interstate 280 at Edgewood Road and turn east, towards San Carlos. At Crestview, turn left, and another quick left turn at Edmonds Rd. You'll see the Cordilleras trailhead just to the right of the entrance to the private Redwood Center on the right hand side of the road. A little further, you'll find a roadside pullout on your left and the Blue Oak trailhead on your right.

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Chasing waterfalls at  Uvas Canyon County Park <br/> Photo Credit: @adventuresofbearstorch
Chasing waterfalls at Uvas Canyon County Park
Photo Credit: @adventuresofbearstorch
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