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New peninsula trails and map.

A wealth of parks and open-space preserves offers close-to-home escapes for denizens of the San Francisco Peninsula's unbroken chain of densely populated communities. Now, with two new trails and an expansive map, the nonprofit Los Altos based Trail Center has made these public lands even more accessible. The center also sponsors guided hikes on trails it has built; call (415) 968-7065 for details. Call, too, if you'd like to lend a hand with trail-building projects at Huddart County Park and other Peninsula sites this spring; the center can give you specific locations and work dates.

Polly Geraci Trail, Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve. This is the first trail built in the preserve, near San Carlos. From 1-280, take Edgewood Road east about a mile, turn left on Crestview Drive, then immediately left on Edmonds Road; park outside the gate of the Redwood Center. A preserve sign marks access to the trail. After paralleling a paved road along an easement past the Redwood Center, the trail joins the road (closed to private cars) on San Francisco Water Department property. Where the road curves uphill, the new trail continues straight, gently ascending a ridge through a tangle of small live oaks.

Long switchbacks take you up to a clearing with views of nearby ridges-some covered with chaparral, others with new houses. Continuing along the ridgetop through dense manzanita and coyote brush, the trail rejoins the road. Follow it back downhill for a 3 1/2-mile loop. Chickadee Trail, Huddart County Park. For a shorter hike, this trail-west of Woodside and just past the park's entrance station-makes a 3/4-mile loop through a small redwood grove and other plant communities. Volunteers constructed the trail with a smooth surface suitable for wheelchairs and a plastic-coated cable to guide sight-impaired hikers. From 1280, take Woodside Road west to Kings Mountain Road. Turn right to the park entrance (about 3 1/2 miles from the freeway); entry costs $3 per vehicle. New parklands map. The Trail Center's new map describes and shows locations of federal, state, county, and city parks as well as Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District preserves in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties. For a copy, try Bay Area outdoor equipment stores and bookstores. Or send a check for $6 to the center, 4898 El Camino Real, #205A, Los Altos, Calif. 94022.
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