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Sunday, April 21, 2013


Mailbox for Wile E. Coyote, Cañada Road, Woodside, California

Cañada Road, A Haven for Bicyclists, Runners, and Walkers

The seven-mile stretch of Cañada Road, between Highway 92 on the north and Woodside Road on the south,  is always pleasant for runners, hikers, and bicyclists. Scenic and popular. On Sundays, the road is closed to vehicular traffic and streams of bicyclists enjoy it without worrying about cars.  It offers great views of Upper Crystal Springs Reservoir, and the hiking trail, which is parallel to the road, leads to Huddart County Park and Phleger Estate. Once you are in Huddart Park there are other trails to explore. Recommend hiking up to Skyline via Miramontes or Raymundo trail accessible from Phleger Estate.  

In summer months, rattle snakes like the trails.  Watch for them; keep your distance.

      Wile E. Coyote Mailbox
                                                                         @ Musafir

The Wile E. Coyote mailbox opposite the gate to SF Water District Rangers' Quarters never fails to make me chuckle. Easy to miss if you are driving by. Must have been there for years. The box is built to last but there is no mail delivery for Wile E. Coyote. Whoever put that up had a sense of humor.  Thank you.

View of Upper Crystal Springs Reservoire across from the mailbox

                                                                        @ Musafir

Although Huddart Park is part of the San Mateo County park system, Phleger Estate is under GGNRA (Golden Gate National Recreation Area). So, maps for Huddart Park do not show details of that segment.

Between Highway 92 and the T-Junction of Cañada Road/Edgewood Road, approximately halfway to the Woodside end, there are other points of interest. Filoli requires admission fee. 

Starting at the northern end, Pulgas Water Temple would be on your right, about 1 mile  from Highway 92.  Half a mile further, on the left, is a small gate to Sheep Camp Trail (no bicyclists permitted).  Sheep Camp Trail leads to the Cross Country Course.  One can exit the trail by going past the gate, crossing St James Road and continuing on to Water Dog Lake or, at the foot of the trail, turning left on Hallmark Drive to access Ralston Road. Go left on Ralston for about half a mile and take bike path next to the commuter parking lot to return to Cañada Road.   

Note: During Fall when competitive events are scheduled, the Cross Country Course of Sheep Camp is restricted to participants. Hikers and runners can still use the trail from Cañada Road to St James Road.


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