San Mateo County Parks Open Once Again

Real Estate Agent with Compass CA DRE# 01215160

Our abundant open space preserves and park lands are a huge attraction to living on the San Francisco Peninsula. It's not hard to realize how happy hundreds, if not thousands, of residents were when parks were opened again last week, on May 4, -- with precautions.

One of the wisest choices park administrators made was to designate some of the narrow hiking trails, where keeping 6' distance isn't feasible, as one-way.

On Thursday I had real estate business to attend to in San Mateo County, so took advantage while I was there to get my exercise by stopping by Huddart County Park, in the hills behind the town of Woodside, for a lovely hike through the redwoods, madrone trees and tan oaks. Due to the one-way trails, our hike changed from the planned one, and added a couple of extra miles, but to us that was a plus.

Huddart County Park, SMC, one-way trail

Close behind the towns of Redwood City and San Carlos is Edgewood County Park, which now features many one-way trails as shown on the map at the top of this post. Parks located close to urban areas see lots of visitors. These one-way trails is one way to give additional protection to hikers and runners.

Enjoy this beautiful month of May safely as you remain aware.

Comments (18)

Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
& Host of Postcards From Success Podcast

Good to see the trails opening up. The first time I ever got truly lost, as in park rangers and a helicopter searching for me was in  Huddart Park-Woodside, CA. It was a school field trip. 

May 16, 2020 12:55 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Lottie Kendall I'm glad your trails are open now..... be safe and use distancing and masks.....  I'll be happy when my gym is open again and I can get into a new routine.....

May 16, 2020 04:02 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Lottie... I know you, for one, are excited for the park reopening. Ours opened last Saturday with lots of limitations.

May 16, 2020 04:37 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Lottie Kendall - San Mateo County Parks looks so healthy and peaceful. Taking a hike there would be so refreshing! That photo you took of the trail you were on helps me to see things from a different perspective. 

Thank you. 

May 16, 2020 05:04 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Lottie - when parks are abundant, people can be become frustrated when they are no longer accessible so it's good to read that San Mateo County has reopened their park facilities.  

May 16, 2020 05:25 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Lottie. Chicago has a long way to go before parks are open and semi-normal returns. Enjoy your hikes!

May 16, 2020 05:28 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

That is wonderful news and I am anxious for the day when everything will be back up and running again.  I heard that my gym is opening back up on Monday, so I will get to swim my laps!

May 16, 2020 07:01 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Lottie, I am sure people will be able to get back to nature and enjoy life but remember all most stay 6 feet away from out.


May 16, 2020 10:11 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

I'm glad your experience at Huddart Park turned out well -- maybe you'll write about it here at some point, Thomas J. Nelson, Realtor e-Pro, CRS, RCS-D, Vets 

Barbara Todaro - yes, distancing and face masks are used on the trails, and the one-way trails help keep people apart. Our gyms aren't opening yet either, much to my husband's dismay--he's missing his water aerobic classes.

May 16, 2020 11:33 AM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets

I actually did in one of my blog posts many years ago.

May 16, 2020 12:29 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Nina Hollander - do you enjoy trail hiking/walking? Our area is quite steep in many cases, resulting in a great workout. I appreciate the meditative aspect of hiking here as well as the physical ones.

That photo was at a fairly level spot, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP - I should have taken some of the hills! It's all good and I'm happy to be back.

May 16, 2020 11:36 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP

Lottie Kendall - By the way the trees grew, I could tell you were not on a flat ground. Your photos always tell a story. I felt like I was inside that photograph and took notice of the trees and the winding road. 

May 16, 2020 05:42 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Michael Jacobs - yes, it was especially hard when Edgewood County Park was closed since so many homes are close by. A number of my friends now walk from their homes, meet at the trailhead keeping 6+' apart and wearing masks, and once again enjoy a good hike.

Absolutely, this is no time to toss caution to the wind, Wayne Martin and Will Hamm - we don't want to see virus numbers swell again, forcing a return to more restrictive living.


May 16, 2020 11:41 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

It's great that your pools are opening again, Brian England . Ours are not yet, much to my husband's dismay; he'd love to return to his water aerobic classes. Being patient isn't easy. Enjoy your swims!

May 16, 2020 11:42 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lottie it is good to hear that CA is beginning to open a few things up.  They keep people locked up forever.

May 17, 2020 05:21 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Lottie Kendall - There is nothing like going on a hike.  The smartest thing the states can do is let people out for walking and hiking! Huddart looks like a wonderful area to enjoy some time. 

May 17, 2020 06:11 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Some are so depressed from being stuck at home, they need the parks. Then these parks get closed again because they people flock to them. The endless cycle...

Oh well, happy Sunday Lottie Kendall 

May 17, 2020 09:36 PM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Good morning George Souto and Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS - with the virus not contained, my fervent hope is that people will continue to respect it and follow good practices. As long-time hikers, we have a good idea which areas attract fewer people and that's where we head. We've learned to avoid many areas on weekends. A cautious approach is my approach.

May 18, 2020 08:37 AM
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Good morning Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - a good hike is always my favorite way to relax, to think, to recharge. Fortunately for us we have many choices here, so can pick lesser visited trails and parks. The one-way trails at Huddart Park are an excellent idea, and there's something about the peace of a forest that soothes the soul. Happy Monday to you.

May 18, 2020 08:40 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lottie, bet this is wonderful news for you, knowing you love hiking.   We had some open, then visitors were not social distancing, and they shut them down again.

May 21, 2020 07:43 AM