Exploring El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve, San Mateo County, CA

Exploring El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve, San Mateo County, CA

El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space PreserveOne day recently we gathered up our granddaughter and headed out for an adventure at El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve in San Mateo County, CA, a scenic 30-minute drive from San Carlos.

Much favored by mountain bicyclers, this park makes a great hiking destination, too, with numerous criss-crossing trails allowing for short or long hikes, rugged ones and more gentle ones.

Our destination this day was the Tafoni Sandstone outcroppings, rather rare features in the Santa Cruz Mountains on the Peninsula. Not many years ago one would scramble on and around the rocks, but the delicate nature of the "lace" prompted the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space Preserve to declare these off-limits in hopes that future generations can enjoy their amazing delicacy. Today, there's a nice deck near the base of the rock which proved to be a nice spot for a snack while enjoying the beauty of the forest and the "lace" of the rock.

Tafoni Sandstone Formation, El Corte de Madera Creek OSP


We ended our hike in El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve with a short jaunt to see the Methuselah Tree, an ancient coastal redwood estimated to be approximately 1800 years old! This tree, w
hich somehow escaped the saws of the timber companies in the 1800s, is located right off Skyline Boulevard so even non-hikers can be impressed with its grandeur.

To cap off our day of adventure, we made a quick stop at the convenience store at Skylonda, at the junction of Highways 35 and 84, for a summertime treat -- ice cream!

Real estate is often pricey in San Carlos and other nearby communities, but living in San Mateo County and the Silicon Valley offers many fun adventures -- I hope you can take time to enjoy one of them soon.

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®

Today | Sotheby's International Realty

San Carlos, California, 94070

CA BRE#01215160; 650-465-4547

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Comment balloon 9 commentsLottie Kendall • July 27 2010 05:46PM

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Lottie, you and your husband truly embrace the opportunities in San Mateo County and Silicon Valley AND show the area off so well to those considering a move!  Great pictures of the trip. Looks like your granddaughter knows she's a lucky kid.

Posted by Mary Kay Hopkins, e-PRO,GRI,CRS (Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB) almost 8 years ago

Lottie - I have had the pleasure of enjoying many of Northern California's scenic areas.  Especially the North Bay-Sonoma and Mendocino.  Nice job highlighting the beauty of the bay area!

Posted by Nevin Williams, Raleigh Mortgage Pro (Sierra Pacific Mortgage Raleigh) almost 8 years ago

Been through there a few times myself, first in the Summer of 1973, then again in April 1993. When I worked in the East Bay in 1994, I spent a lot of weekends over there on the other side of the Bay.

Posted by Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer (Russel Ray) almost 8 years ago

Hi Mary Kay -- I love taking time out and enjoying everything we have here for us. Thanks for your nice comments.

 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) almost 8 years ago

Nevin --- I know you love this area! You're overdue for a trip, I think!

Russel --- fun to learn of your Bay Area connection, too. My trips to San Diego ended when my daughter graduated from USD in 1997! I was so sorry that the San Diego Rain Camp didn't work for me; it would be nice to visit there again.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) almost 8 years ago

Wow - as always - envying you that nearby hiking and greenery.  It's great you take time to "smell the roses" of your environment.  Your photos and stories really inspire visitors, I'm sure!  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY (Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ) almost 8 years ago

Hi Cara -- we have so many nice destinations nearby it's a shame we forget to enjoy them in the busyness of the day.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) almost 8 years ago

Lottie, now THIS is a perfect example of what a hyper local post should look like about an area!  You share with us a bit about your area and about yourself.  Well done!!

Posted by Lee & Pamela St. Peter, Making Connections to Success in Real Estate (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices YSU Realty: (919) 645-2522) almost 8 years ago

Thanks for your nice words, Lee and Pamela. Now if I could only get my wonderful husband to smile for the camera! I'm working on it, and meanwhile, he's a great sport. We have lots of fun hiking in our many, many local parks.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Today | Sotheby's International Realty) almost 8 years ago

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