Sam McDonald County Park

Giants of San Mateo

Sunday, October 9, 2016
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
$6 per vehicle parking fee (exact change required)
Sam McDonald County Park
San Mateo County

And by “giants,” we mean redwood trees, not the baseball players from further north (although, they’re cool too).

Enjoy a great outing in a primeval forest—we’ll hike the Big Tree and Heritage Grove trails beneath the shade of old growth redwoods. Along the way, historian and your outing leader Gael Erickson will explain how this precious natural landscape was preserved by Sam McDonald, a descendant of slaves. Check this link for more on the life of Sam McDonald

Photo: Ali Eminov via Flickr

Outing Leaders:
Gael Erickson
Total Distance:
This is a moderate 4-mile hike with a few hundred feet elevation change
Weather Policy:

Rain cancels

Where to Meet:

We’ll assemble at the parking area/ranger station in San McDonald County Park. [PDF park map]
There are restrooms at the meeting site.

Leaders Note:

Bring lunch, liquids, dress in layers and wear good hiking shoes. Bring hiking poles if you normally use them. If you have any questions about this outing, contact Ken Lavin at or call him at 415-543-6771 x321.


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