ElevationAscent: 112' 34 m
Descent: -259' -79 m
High: 736' 224 m
Low: 526' 160 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 15% (8°)
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“Hugging the hills of the preserve, the trail works its way through the grasslands and woods.”— David Hitchcock
The trail continues its descent until the Serpentine Trail intersects with the trail. The Franciscan Trail continues straight ahead as it transforms from dirt to gravel. The trail rises and falls as it wraps around the hillside. The fields on either side of the trail are feeding areas for wildlife in the evenings and good for seeing wildflowers in the spring. At roughly .7 miles, there is a bench to enjoy the views of the preserve and bay area. Entering the woods, the trail narrows and at .8 miles, the Baywood Glen Trail goes off to the right while the Franciscan Trail continues to the left and circles back around the hills. The trail weaves in and out of the woods until it crosses the Old Stage Road. Entering the woods again, the trail narrows as it descends via a set of switchbacks until it terminates at the Edgewood Trail.
At this point, you can return to your car via the path you traveled. If you want to take the Edgewood Trail, go to the left and follow that trail back to where the Ridgeview Trail starts. You can also follow the Franciscan Trail back to any of the trails that intersect with the Franciscan Trail and use those trails to explore more of the preserve.
Wildflowers can be seen along the trail in the fields, especially in the spring.
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Land Manager: San Mateo County Department of Parks