Guest authored by Doug Silverstein You bet they are! Unfortunately. Inconveniently. And sadly. Coyote Point Recreation Area sits at sea level. Crystal Springs Regional Trail parallels an active reservoir. And dozens of other SMC Parks — like Huddart, Wunderlich and San Pedro Valley — dot the expanse of our mature local forests. Now 12 weeks and 6 hikes into the 2019 SMC Hike-a-Palooza, 40+ community leaders have collectively hiked 250+ miles of amazing San Mateo County Park trails. We’re lucky to have these 22 wonderful open spaces that cross 16,000 acres, and the dozens of County Parks staff members committed to excellent stewardship. But will these parks be here for us in our lifetime – 10, 20 or 50 years? How about for our kids and their kids? Hopefully.
Guest authored by Doug Silverstein Oh, the benefits of hiking… aerobic exercise, budding friendships, and beautiful landscapes… especially at Edgewood County Park and Natural Preserve (see below). But it’s absolutely clear, halfway through 10 treks, the 2019 SMC Hike-a-Palooza is providing huge additional benefits — building the network of 29 environmental sustainability leaders who’ve joined so far.