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Enjoy a midpeninsula nature walk on Filoli's country trails.

The gorgeous gardens and stately mansion of Filoli--a landmark listed with the National Trust for Historic Preservation--are closed for the season. But in January, you and your family can enjoy the hilly, forested lands on docent-led walks, following the trails that wind through the Woodside estate's 650 acres. Walks last a couple of hours, passing through the ecosystems represented here--broad-leaf oak forest, redwood grove, chaparral. Docents point out plant and animal life along the way. You might see the nest of a pack rat, or learn what plant makes California's hills golden, why you don't hear many birds sing in a redwood forest, and how a manzanita tree protects its broad evergreen leaves from the sun's heat.

You'll see what's left of an archeological dig that uncovered remnants of Indian cultures occupying the site between A.D. 800 and 1300. And several times you'll cross over the San Andreas fault zone.

January walks are on Saturdays at 10. Reserve a week in advance--and check if any weekday hikes are scheduled--by calling (415) 364-2880. Cost is $3 for adults, $1 for children with an adult.

Filoli's house and garden tours reconvene in mid-February; it's not too early to make reservations for a spring visit ($6; no children under 12). Filoli is about 25 miles south of San Francisco. From Interstate 280, take the Ecgewood Road exit west to Canada Road; turn right and continue 1-1/4 miles to the entrance.
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Date:Jan 1, 1986
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