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New Meetup this Sunday: 5.5 mile dog-Friendly hike at Pulgas Ridge in Woodside @ 1:45PM

From: Bob S.
Sent on: Friday, January 8, 2010 4:33 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Bay Area Everything Outdoors Club for 20,30,40 year olds!

What: 5.5 mile dog-friendly hike at Pulgas Ridge in Woodside

When: Sunday, January 10,[masked]:45 PM

Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve
174 Edmonds Rd Preserve entrance on Edmonds Road
Redwood City, CA 94062

This preserve is supposed to be the most dog-friendly park on the Peninsula. We'll meet at the parking lot for at 1:45 PM and then get started on the hike at 2 PM. Total distance is 5.5 miles and at about 5 miles into the hike, we'll stop at the 17 acre off-leash area where you can let your dogs run free. Sunday is supposed to be sunny with a high of 63 degrees.

Here's the link to the park home page with directions. Basically it's right off 280 at the Edgewood Road exit and across from the Edgewood County Park

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.

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