- Location: Wunderlich County Park
- Date: 2 June 2018
- Distance: 6 miles
- Info: County of San Mateo
- Toxic newts: Presumably plentiful
Forty minutes from home, Wunderlich County Park’s claim to fame is its historic horse stable and museum, but I found its algae-covered toxic newt breeding pond interesting too. But unlike other hikes, I didn’t see any dangerous fauna.
Knowing this would be my warmest hike so far this year, I arrived around 9am. The parking lot was already full, but I found a shady spot on Woodside Road. From a practical standpoint, this park is in good shape for an easy walk, with wide, well-marked trails. Numbered trail markers denote every intersection, and the free paper maps made planning on the fly easy. The county takes signage seriously.
Skinny redwoods abound, but Wunderlich has few scenic views compared to other parks I’ve hiked this year.
After hiking up to the meadow and back, I stopped at the single-room (and wonderfully air-conditioned) Carriage Room Museum. A friendly docent chatted with me about the stable’s history. At one point this was the summer home for the Folger family — Folger, as in coffee. The buildings were restored in 2010 and today serve as a destination for school kids and casual riders.
For next time
- Until they find more volunteers, the free museum is only open Saturdays from 10am – 4pm.
- If you want great views, look elsewhere. But if you’re in or near Redwood City, this is conveniently located for an easy walk — or ride.