Crystal Springs — Chinquapin Trail — Dean Trail
8.2 miles     1400 ft
9 Sep 2012
Summary

A relaxed walk amid second growth redwoods.

Location: Huddart County Park

Elevation Profile
Trip Planning

Trail Maps

» Official Trail Map: Good map showing various trails.

» Redwoodhikes Trail Map: Great map showing many parks like Purisima Creek, Huddart, Wunderlich, El Corte De Madera, Foothills, Hidden Villa and Rancho San Antonio. Trail maps for individual parks are available online for free. However, the RedwoodHikes map shows the big picture and is helpful for planning hikes that go through multiple parks.

Route

To Skyline Blvd (4.0 miles): From Zwierlein Picnic Area, follow Crystal Springs Trail (3.6 miles) → right on Summit Springs Trail (0.1 miles) → left on Richards Road (0.3 miles).

To Zwierlein Picnic Area (4.2 miles): From the intersection of Richards Road and Skyline Trail, turn left on Skyline Trail (0.8 miles) → left on Chinquapin Trail (1.8 miles) → right on Dean Trail (1.4 miles) → right on Crystal Springs Trail (0.2 miles).

Notes:

  1. The entire route is gently graded and shaded by tall trees.
  2. There are too many intersections along the route. So a good trail map would be handy. The official trail map is excellent. In September 2012, almost all intersections were marked by good quality signs.
  3. The intersections along Crystal Springs Trail near Toyon Group Camps are unmarked.
  4. At the point where Chinquapin Trail runs very close to Archery Fire Road, the two trails actually intersect and there are no signs.
  5. Trails in the western and southern sections of the park are near city roads: Skyline Blvd and Kings Mountain Road, respectively. So traffic noise is perceptible. Trails in the northern and eastern sections of the park are much quieter, amid second growth redwoods.
  6. An alternative trailhead for the same route is the parking lot for Purisima Creek Redwoods on Skyline Blvd. Parking is free here.
Trailhead

Location: along Huddart Park Rd in Redwood City, CA 94062 . No street address. Parking area is visible in Google Maps if you zoom in sufficiently.

Directions: From I-280 North, take exit 25 for Woodside Rd, then turn left onto Woodside Rd and drive for 1.6 miles through the town of Woodside. Turn right onto Kings Mountain Rd and drive for 1.6 miles. Turn right onto Huddart Park Rd and drive for 0.3 miles to reach the entrance kiosk.

Google Maps:

Parking Fees: $6 per vehicle (last visited: Septembrer 2012)

Capacity: Dozens of cars may be parked inside the park.

Latitude: 37.439897     Longitude: -122.291881

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