The San Mateo County park's trails traverse a redwood forest, an open meadow and chaparral. There are expansive views. Animals include jackrabbits, deer, squirrels, chipmunks, lizards and banana slugs. Among the birds are quail, jays and wrentits.
For equestrians, there are boarding stables and riding facilities.
With warm wet weather come ticks, one of which alighted on this reporter during the hike. The tick foolishly advertised its presence by waiting until the reporter was in the shower to bite him on the forearm, where it was easily noticed, removed intact and dispatched without consequences injurious to the reporter.
Poison oak is plentiful and easily spotted, and generally trimmed so as not to intrude into trail corridors.
The park entrance is located at 4040 Woodside Road and opens daily at 8 a.m. Closing times vary with the season.
Go to is.gd/Wpark for more information, and visit is.gd/Wcaution for information on staying safe in the park.
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