Due to the mild year-round temperatures and varied landscapes, the Half Moon Bay area is a popular destination for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts. There are countless places to enjoy the natural world near the Mill Rose Inn. From miles of sandy beaches, to redwood lined paths, you’ll find that San Mateo county has many striking backdrops for endeavors such as hiking. Huddart Park in nearby Woodside, CA is a wonderful place to explore the trails and get in tune with the natural wonder that is the Pacific Coast of California. Here is a bit of what you can expect when you visit Huddart Park.
Huddart Park in San Mateo County, CA encompasses over 900 acres of land which includes several different ecological features. Most of the park is covered by a mixed evergreen forest of douglas fir, laurel, and oak trees. This forest is bordered by coastal mountain and chaparral regions. The evergreen forest is home to black-tailed deer, squirrels, raccoons and a variety of birds. The coastal mountain environment has streams and gullies shaded by the famous redwoods of the region along with a variety of other leafy plants such as ferns, creating a cooler environment. The park also includes chaparral areas populated by shrubs like chaparral pea, yerba santa and manzanita. The wildlife in this region includes brush bunnies, jackrabits, chipmunks, and lizards. Finally, the lower end of the park is a foothill woodland with large oak and bay trees.
Huddart Park Hiking trails have varied lengths and degrees of difficulty, allowing you to customize your hiking experience. The Crystal Springs Trail is the only trail that goes from the top of the mountain to the bottom. It has a gravel surface and is fairly challenging at 4 miles long. The Dean Trail connects to many of the other park trails, making it a great place to base your hike around. For an easy hike that will take you through each of the ecosystems mentioned above, try the .7-mile-long Chickadee Nature Trail that is mostly level. From there you can also connect to the Redwood Nature Trail, which is partially paved and features markers for plants.
In addition to hiking, many of the trails in Huddart Park are open for equestrian use. If you feel like just kicking back and enjoying the beautiful surroundings in the park, there is ample space for that as well. There is a grassy meadow that is popular for picnicking, games, and just relaxing. Picnic areas and shelters with tables are also available for use within the park.
When making your plans to visit Huddart Park, booking a stay at our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast will provide you with a fantastic getaway experience. Our elegant and comfortable rooms and suites are the ideal place to retire after a day out on the trails. If your muscles are sore after hiking, you can schedule a massage or a soak in our garden jacuzzi. And our full gourmet breakfasts each morning will have you fueled up and ready to take on whatever the day has in store for you. We can’t wait to see you soon!
Photo courtesy Miguel Vieira.