Old Stage Road
ElevationAscent: 449' 137 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 687' 209 m
Low: 237' 72 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 26% (14°)
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“A strenuous climb to the fields in the upper reaches of the preserve.”— David Hitchcock
Just past the .3 mile mark, the Edgewood Trail cuts across the trail as the Old Stage Road continues to climb uphill. The grade of the trail is 10-25% through the first .5 mile. In another .1 miles, the Franciscan Trail cuts across the trail before the Old Stage Road emerges into the open fields. At this point, the trail begins to level off as it makes its way through the fields. Views of the San Francisco Bay and the surrounding hills come into view. The trail gently dips before it climbs again to the Serpentine Trail.
From this point, you have several options. You can follow the Serpentine Trail to the left to the Franciscan Trail and work your way back to the Old Stage Road. If you follow the Serpentine Trail to the right, you can follow it to the Edgewood Trail, take a right, and then follow that back to the Old Road Trail. Finally, you can follow the Old Stage Road back to your car.
Wildflowers can be seen along the upper portions of the trail in the fields, especially in the spring.
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Land Manager: San Mateo County Department of Parks