San Mateo County Parks,
San Mateo County
1.2 mile out and back hike through old quarry grounds in El Granada. The park has a frightening amount of invasive plants, mostly notably eucalyptus.
Distance and difficulty:
This 1.2 mile out and back hike is easy, although there is one short moderate climb. Total elevation change is about 400 feet.
Wide dirt trails.
Under an hour.
Nice any time.
From CA 1 in El Granada (San Mateo County, 4 miles north of Half Moon Bay), turn at a traffic light onto Alhambra. Drive southeast on Alhambra about 0.3 mile, then bear left onto The Alameda. Drive about 0.5 mile to a junction with Avenue Cabrillo, turn left, then almost immediately, turn left onto Alhambra, drive one block, then turn right onto Santa Maria. Drive about 0.2 mile, then turn right onto Columbus, and make an immediate left turn into the parking area.
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, and lodging:
Stores, restaurants, gas, and pay phones are available in nearby Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Pillar Point Harbor, Princeton-by-the-Sea, and Moss Beach. No camping.
Small dirt roadside parking lot. No parking or entrance fees, although you can make a donation to the park at a dropbox near the playground. There are portable toilets, but no drinking water. You can study the park map at an information signboard, but there are no paper maps to take with you. SamTrans bus #17 stops within walking distance of the trailhead. Visit the Transit Info website for details.
Park is open from dawn to dusk. Dogs are permitted on leash only. Fire roads are multi-use, while the park paths are open to hikers and equestrians only.
The Official Story:
San Mateo County Parks' Quarry Park page
Use AAA's San Francisco Bay Region map to get there.
Map from SMCP
Trails of the Coastside and Northern Peninsula (map) has a good map of the park, and is helpful in getting there (available from Pease Press).
Quarry Park in a nutshell -- a printable, text-only guide to the featured hike.
View photos from this hike.
Go to Bay Area Hiker Home page
a glance, Quarry Park doesn't seem to provide
much for bay area hikers. It's a small park with a few fire roads and
trails which wind through an old quarry property. Hillsides are tangled
with mostly exotic vegetation, including ivy and broom, and the dominant
plant is eucalyptus. However, a glance at Ben Pease's Trails of the
Coastside and Northern Peninsula offers a different perspective. Although currently Quarry Park is restricted by private
property to the north and east, if that property ever becomes publicly
held (and recreation use of the Peninsula Watershed opens up), hikers,
equestrians, and cyclists could use the park as a gateway to long treks
along the spine of Montara Mountain. If this dream becomes a reality in our lifetime, existing ranch roads which travel the
2 miles from Quarry Park to the watershed and ridge would make perfect
trails. Until then El Granada residents use Quarry Park as a daily destination
for dogwalks and jogs.