|Chickadee and Redwood Nature trails,
Huddart County Park,
San Mateo County Parks and Recreation,
San Mateo County
2.4 mile balloon hike on gently-graded trails.
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 2.4 mile balloon hike is very easy. Trailhead elevation is about 760 feet. The park's highest point is about 2000 feet, but this hike is nearly flat, with minimal elevation change.
About an hour.
Nice any time.
From Interstate 280 in San Mateo County, exit Woodside Road (CA 84). Drive west about 1.5 miles, then turn right onto Kings Mountain Road. Drive about 2 miles on this narrow road (watch for cyclists, motorcyclists, and deer), then turn right into the park. Once past the entry kiosk, look for the Chickadee Trailhead on the right side of the road (park in the large lot to the left unless you have a handicapped placard).
Get driving or public transit directions from Transit and Trails:
GPS Coordinates* for Trailhead:
(* based on Google Earth data, shown as degrees, minutes, seconds)
Gas, food, lodging:
Gas, restaurants, and picnic supplies at Woodside, about 3 miles away. The only overnight option in the park is youth group camping.
Two designated handicapped parking spots; more general parking across the street. $6 entrance fee (self registration if kiosk unattended). Maps available at the entry kiosk. Phone next to trailhead. No accessible restrooms near the trailhead, but there are are restrooms near the picnic areas. There is no direct public transportation to the park.
Most trails are open to equestrians and hikers only. A few are designated hiking only. No bikes on trails. No dogs permitted.
The Official Story:
CSMP's Huddart page.
Park office 650-851-1210
Use AAA's Palo Alto/Redwood City map to get to the park.
CSMP's Huddart map
The Trail Center's Trail Map of the Central Peninsula is a good guide to this hike (order this map from Amazon.com).
Tom Taber's The Santa Cruz Mountain Trail Book has a simple map (order this book from Amazon.com).
Peninsula Trails, by Rusmore, Spangle, and Crowder, has a simple map and trail descriptions (order this book from Amazon.com).
View 28 photos from the featured hike. (old loop shown)
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Chickadee and Redwood Nature trails make a wonderful 2.4 mile balloon hike. Parents hiking with children
may find Chickadee a great venue for nature study -- posts along the way
identify plants and the park has a brochure with which to
follow along. There are a few benches along the
path where you can rest and soak in the sunshine or shade. Chickadee used to be a loop, but a bridge washed out and trail is closed at that spot.