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Temporary Closure of Sawyer Camp Trail South Half Weekdays, October 9-27, 2017

The San Mateo County Parks Department will close the south half of the Sawyer Camp Trail from Monday, October 9 through Friday, October 27 , for public safety due to San Mateo County construction activities. The closure will be in effect from the Crystal Springs entrance to the gate just beyond the Jepson Laurel at the trail’s approximate midpoint.

The entire trail will be open for public use on the weekends, Friday evening, October 13, 5 p.m., through Sunday, October 15, 8 p.m., and Friday evening, October 20, 5 p.m., through Sunday evening, October 22, 8 p.m.

Information: Coyote Point Ranger Station: 650-573-2592;

The SFPUC Peninsula Watershed—23,000 acres of diverse and unique habitats ranging from oak woodlands and coniferous forests to serpentine grasslands —is carefully managed to protect the quality of the water in the reservoirs and an abundance of native plant and animal life, including many rare, threatened or endangered species. The Peninsula Watershed is also a State-designated Fish and Game Refuge and a protected area within the UNESCO Golden Gate Biosphere Reserve.

hiker standing next to large old growth redwood tree

Because of its 150-year history as a protected source of safe, high-quality municipal drinking water, much of the watershed is not open for recreational activity. However, members of the public can still experience for themselves the watershed’s pristine old-growth forests, intimate meadows , and ridgetop vistas by visiting our 10-mile Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail, or the 17.5-mile Crystal Springs Regional Trail managed by the San Mateo County Parks Department.

Ridge Trail Extension Coming

We are also developing a new and enhanced Ridge Trail extension that will link the existing trail with the Golden Gate Recreation Area (GGNRA) Phleger Estate to the south. It will create a single 16.5-mile trail across the 23,000-acre watershed and provide more educational opportunities within the watershed that are compatible with the need to protect drinking water quality and the watershed’s fragile ecosystems.

Access Other Nearby Public Lands

For more information, contact Michele Liapes; (415) 554-3211

Last updated: 10/6/2017 2:53:47 PM