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“Take a Hike” This Saturday with San Mateo County

Good morning –

Here’s a nice item for next Saturday, if you want to plan on getting outside and taking a great hike. It’s the next hike in San Mateo County’s “Take a Hike” program, this time on Sawyer Camp Trail. Read on for the details!


~ Malcolm


Sawyer Camp Trail Scheduled for Take A Hike, Saturday, July 21 at 9 a.m.

For the first time, Take A Hike will visit the popular Sawyer Camp segment of the Crystal Springs Regional Trail.  Walkers, joggers, skaters, bicyclists and parents pushing strollers appreciate this location for the long stretch of paved trail that offers spectacular views of the 23,000-acre Peninsula Watershed and the Crystal Springs Reservoir.  Early morning visitors often spot deer and raptors, including bald and golden eagles.

This Take A Hike offers families a chance to include even the youngest members who can be pushed in a stroller or ride their bikes – including tricycles. Mile markers are posted on the route to help hikers plan the length of their walk. The crisp mornings can warm quickly, so plan to wear hats and sun screen, and bring water bottles.  There are several restrooms located along the trail.

This stretch of trail is home to the Jepson Laurel, the state’s largest and oldest California laurel tree. The tree is estimated to be more than 600 years old and was named after Willis Linn Jepson, a botanist and author of numerous books, including the Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California, a valued resource for teachers and naturalists.

Be sure to stop by the information table and visit with representatives from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which owns and manages the Peninsula Watershed.

The hike will begin at the south end of Sawyer Camp Trail off Crystal Springs Road at 9 a.m..  Please plan to carpool and arrive early as parking is limited due to construction of the Crystal Springs Dam Bridge Replacement project.

For more information follow us on Facebook or call the Office of Supervisor Rose Jacobs Gibson at (650) 599-1009. Additional Park information and driving directions can be found at


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