Particulars

The tale

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.

Views

A hiker walks among redwoods at Wunderlich Park.
A hiker walks among redwoods at Wunderlich Park.
New growth on middle-aged trees at Wunderlich Park.
New growth on middle-aged trees at Wunderlich Park.
Museum exhibit at Wunderlich Park.
Museum exhibit at Wunderlich Park.
Wunderlich Park has great trail signage.
Wunderlich Park has great trail signage.
Horses at Wunderlich Park.
Horses at Wunderlich Park.

For next time

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June 2, 2018