EDGEWOOD COUNTY PARK
Leader: C. Scott López
Leader Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Leader Phone: 415-589-9352
Meeting Date and Day: Saturday, October 17, 2020
Meeting Time: 09:45 AM
Departure Time: 10:00 AM
Rating: Level 3
Mileage: 8.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft
Description: WE'RE FINALLY DOING HIKES AGAIN!! As we mentioned recently, San Mateo County has relaxed its group-size restrictions a bit. But all of the usual directives (e.g., masks and social distancing) MUST be followed. This hike - like the others in recent months - will be limited to 12 people.
Below are the regulations:
· We need to stay at least 6 feet apart at all times;
· You need to keep whatever type of mask you prefer around your neck at all times - and be prepared to put it on at a moment's notice when encountering others. Some people prefer to wear a mask at all times; and if this is you, even better! The easiest solution some of us have found is to wear a bandana around your neck, shifting it up over your nose and mouth when passing or speaking with others;
· Unless you are all members of one household, only one passenger should be allowed in a vehicle - and in the back right seat only. Drivers and passengers can decide what they feel comfortable with. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU NEED A RIDE AND/OR CAN TAKE A PASSENGER - AND WHAT YOUR COMFORT LEVEL IS.
· This is a link to the full list of regulations issued by San Mateo County a few weeks ago.
Nestled between Redwood City and the Phleger Estate – and immediately south of the Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve - is the extraordinarily accessible, incredibly pleasant, and readily navigated Edgewood County Park. Home to fields at the high altitudes and wooded areas in the lowlands, the route will be an incredibly circuitous and comprehensive coverage of practically all of the park’s winding trails around its edges and through its nucleus, all made easy given the park’s compact geography.
The hike begins at the parking area outside the restrooms adjacent to the Bill & Jean Lane Education Center and the terminus of the Edgewood Trail. The route – which as noted above will be extraordinarily circuitous - will initially take a clockwise route around the eastern and southern edges of the park before looping around its nucleus and heading down its northern and western edge. After going downhill, we will then head back up north toward the nucleus of the park before taking a series of switchbacks back down to the base of the park before looping back around to the northwestern corner and – if nobody has gotten too dizzy from the extraordinarily meandering and winding route – circling back and ending back where we started!
Bring/Wear: Lots of water (there is no place to refill), solid hiking shoes, a hat, lunch, snacks, and a durable MASK (as noted above). The highlights are also very exposed, so bring sunscreen if you use or need it.
Rain Policy: Hike will take place rain or shine.
Driving Distance: 60 miles roundtrip from San Francisco
Entry Fees: $0 (Free)
Car Pool Contribution: $7
Meeting Place: Parking area of Edgewood County Park immediately outside the restrooms adjacent to the Bill & Jean Lane Education Center and the terminus of the Edgewood Trail.
If this parking area is full, there are additional spaces outside the entrance on Edgewood Road.
To get there, take I-280 S to Exit 29 (Edgewood Road) and left onto Edgewood Rd. Go 1.1 miles east and the park entrance will be on your right in Emerald Hills.
GoogleMaps Link: https://goo.gl/maps/pcnkLfFE4vb9gnL2A
What-3-Words Geolocator Link: https://what3words.com/dent.thick.ended
Suggestion: Download the maps connected to the links in case you lose the connection en route to the park.
Note also the What-3-Words location links to a single 3x3 meter square (denoted by 3 unique words) where we will start the hike - precisely; and the What-3-Words website is the best around for precisely finding places, people, and things - along with an accompanying free app for your phone. (Simply search for "What 3 Words.") After using What-3-Words - and treated to the convenience of needing only three single words to find any spot on earth - you may never (and probably not) want to use a Google Maps Link or any other type of street address ever again.
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