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Cañada Road & Crystal Springs Trail
Cañada Road & Crystal Springs Trail
42 miles     2400 ft
5 Apr 2015
Summary

Scenic ride with awesome views of Lower Crystal Springs Reservoir and San Andreas Lake. Best done on Sundays between 9am and 3pm when Cañada Road is vehicle free.

Elevation Profile
Trip Planning

Route: MapMyRideStrava. The entire route is also drawn clearly on trail maps: here and here.

Traffic: Light traffic in the morning along Cañada Road. Crystal Springs Trail is a bike trail. It is quite popular among walkers, joggers and cyclists. No vehicular traffic.

Climbing: Both Cañada Road and Crystal Springs Trail are gently graded. Great for beginners. However, the roads that connect them (Bunker Hill Drive → Polhemus Road → Crystal Springs Road) have some moderately steep sections.

Bike Trails: Cañada Road has a comfortably wide bike lane throughout. Bunker Hill Road and Crystal Springs Road are bike friendly, with light traffic. Polhemus Road has a bike lane.

Crystal Springs Trail is a well maintained bike trail except for a short half-mile section along Skyline Blvd, between Hillcrest Blvd and Larkspur Drive (clearly shown in this trail map).

Views: Gorgeous views of Lower Crystal Springs Lake and San Andreas Lake. See photos.

Water stops and restrooms? Restrooms are available at Roberts Market, the starting point. Restrooms are also available at four locations along Crystal Springs Trail. See trail map. No water is available at any of these locations.

Good time to visit? Any time of the year. Sundays are best because the County of San Mateo makes Cañada Road vehicle free from 9am to 3pm on Sundays. See Bicycle Sundays (Yelp reviews).

Trailhead

Location: Roberts Market at the intersection of Cañada Road and Woodside Rd, Woodside, CA 94062 . No street address. Parking area is visible in Google Maps if you zoom in sufficiently.

Directions:

Google Maps:

Parking Fees: None. Free parking. (last visited: March 2015)

Capacity: Street parking along Woodside Rd for about ten cars. About 0.2 miles away, there are large parking lots near Whiskey Hill Road (see Google Map). About 0.8 miles away, there is a free parking lot for about 25 cars near I-280 and CA-84 (Google Map).

Latitude: 37.429629     Longitude: -122.254058

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