This preserve is supposed to be the most dog-friendly park on the Peninsula. We'll meet at the parking lot at 1:00 PM. Total distance is 4.3 miles and at about 3.8 miles into the hike, those with dogs can stop at the 17 acre off-leash area where you can let your dogs run free.
This hike is co-listed with Fun/Fit/Unite meetup group so there should be a comparable amount of hikers from that group. After the hike, there's a great Mexican Taqueria called Sancho's which is only 1.5 miles away at 3205 Oak Knoll Dr, Redwood City, CA 94062 . We can meet there for some après-hike food and beverages. There are some outdoor tables so those with dogs can sit outside. Check out the reviews from Yelp and you'll want to try the fish tacos: http://www.yelp.com/biz/sanchos-taqueria-redwood-city
Here's the link to the park home page with directions. Basically it's right off 280 at the Edgewood Road exit, then take your first left on Crestview Dr and then a quick left on Edmonds Rd:
Here's a little history about the park:
Pulgas Ridge is a 366-acre preserve that was once the site of Hassler Health Home, a tuberculosis sanitarium owned by the City of San Francisco. The sanitarium operated from 1926 to 1972. When it closed, several uses were suggested, including housing and an art center that would use the existing buildings. Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) purchased the property in 1983, with financial assistance from nearby residents of San Carlos, who formed a tax assessment district. The site was cleared of its buildings in 1985, and the land returned to open space—well almost. The hillsides and canyons are “open,” but not totally “clear,” which makes this such an interesting area for hiking. Areas on both sides of the Hassler Trail (an old asphalt road that serviced the sanitarium) provide evidence of the former use. Hydrants, rock retaining walls, concrete stairways, a wood lattice house, galvanized water pipes, an old gardening dumpsite with broken pots and plant stakes are visible as you wander through the 17-acre off-leash area. You will also notice some interesting non-native vegetation: ornamental trees, cacti, and shrubs brought from places far away and planted by residents who spent many years at this place recovering from tuberculosis.