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