San Mateo County, California

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San Mateo County
County of San Mateo
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San Mateo County, California
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Location in California
Coordinates: 37°26′N122°22′W / 37.44°N 122.36°W / 37.44; -122.36 Coordinates: 37°26′N122°22′W / 37.44°N 122.36°W / 37.44; -122.36
Country Flag of the United States.svg United States
State Flag of California.svg California
Incorporated April 19, 1856 [1]
Named for Saint Matthew (English translation)
County seat Redwood City
Largest city Daly City (population)
Redwood City (area)
Area
  Total744 sq mi (1,930 km2)
  Land448 sq mi (1,160 km2)
  Water293 sq mi (760 km2)
Highest elevation
[2]
2,603 ft (793 m)
Population
  Total764,442
  Density1,704/sq mi (658/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific Time Zone)
  Summer (DST) UTC-7 (Pacific Daylight Time)
Area codes 415/628, 650
FIPS code06-081
GNIS feature ID 277305
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San Mateo County ( /ˌsænməˈt./ SAN mə-TAY-oh), officially the County of San Mateo, is a county located in the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 718,451. [3] The county seat is Redwood City. [4] San Mateo County is included in the San Francisco-Oakland-Berkeley, CA MSA (metropolitan statistical area), Silicon Valley, and is part of the San Francisco Bay Area, the nine counties bordering San Francisco Bay. It covers most of the San Francisco Peninsula. San Francisco International Airport is located at the northern end of the county. The county's built-up areas are mostly suburban with some areas being very urban, and are home to several corporate campuses.

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History

San Mateo County was formed in 1856 upon the division of San Francisco County, one of the state's 18 original counties established at California statehood in 1850. Until 1856, San Francisco's city limits extended west to Divisadero Street and Castro Street, and south to 20th Street. In 1856, the California state government divided the county. A straight line was then drawn across the tip of the San Francisco Peninsula just north of San Bruno Mountain. Everything south of the line became the new San Mateo County while everything north of the line became the new consolidated City and County of San Francisco. [5] San Mateo County was officially organized on April 18, 1857 under a bill introduced by Senator T.G. Phelps. The 1857 bill defined the southern boundary of San Mateo County as following the south branch of San Francisquito Creek to its source in the Santa Cruz Mountains and thence due west to the Pacific Ocean, and named Redwood City as the county seat. [6] San Mateo County then annexed part of northern Santa Cruz County in March 1868, including Pescadero and Pigeon Point. [7] [6]

Although the formation bill named Redwood City the county seat, a May 1856 election marked by "unblushing frauds perpetuated on an unorganized and wholly unprotected community by thugs and ballot stuffers from San Francisco" named Belmont the county seat. [8] The election results were declared illegal and the county government was moved to Redwood City, with land being donated from the original Pulgas Grant for the county government on February 27, 1858. [8] Redwood City's status as county seat was upheld in two successive elections in May 1861 and December 9, 1873, defeating San Mateo and Belmont. [8] Another election in May 1874 named San Mateo the county seat, but the state supreme court overturned that election on February 24, 1875, and the county seat has remained at Redwood City ever since. [8]

San Mateo County bears the Spanish name for Saint Matthew. As a place name, San Mateo appears as early as 1776 in the diaries of Anza and Font. [9] Several local geographic features were also designated San Mateo on early maps including variously: a settlement, an arroyo, a headland jutting into the Pacific (Point Montara), and a large land holding (Rancho San Mateo). Until about 1850, the name appeared as San Matheo.

Japanese Americans in San Mateo

The Japanese first arrived in San Mateo County and were part of a group guided by Ambassador Tomomi Iwakura back in 1872. [10] There were a number of all-male Japanese students who came to San Mateo to learn English and many other helpful skills to bring back to Japan. [11] These students were also some of the first Japanese to join American students in the Belmont School for Boys. These students had to work for their housing and food before classes and in the evenings. [11] Many of the first Japanese immigrants were able to find jobs as gardeners and landscapers In San Mateo. Most of them had a good educational background from their homelands, but their lack of knowledge of the English language made it difficult for them to find other jobs in the beginning. [12]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 741 square miles (1,920 km2), of which 448 square miles (1,160 km2) is land and 293 square miles (760 km2) (40%) is water. [13] It is the third-smallest county in California by land area. A number of bayside watercourses drain the eastern part of the county including San Bruno Creek and Colma Creek. Streams draining the western county include Frenchmans Creek, Pilarcitos Creek, Naples Creek, Arroyo de en Medio, and Denniston Creek. These streams originate along the northern spur of the Santa Cruz Mountains that run through the county. The northern and northeastern parts of the county are very heavy densely populated with largely urban and suburban areas, with many of its cities as edge-cities for the Bay Area, while the deep south and the west-central parts of the county are less densely populated with more rural environment and coastal beaches areas.

The Santa Cruz Mountains cross through San Mateo County. In comparison to the rest of the county, the area is quite rural and forested. Portola Redwoods State Park in March 2020.jpg
The Santa Cruz Mountains cross through San Mateo County. In comparison to the rest of the county, the area is quite rural and forested.

Features

San Mateo County straddles the San Francisco Peninsula, with the Santa Cruz Mountains running its entire length. The county encompasses a variety of habitats, including estuarine, marine, oak woodland, redwood forest, coastal scrub and oak savannah. There are numerous species of wildlife present, especially along the San Francisco Bay estuarine shoreline, San Bruno Mountain, Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and the forests on the Montara Mountain block. Several creeks discharge to the San Francisco Bay, including San Mateo Creek and Laurel Creek, and several coastal streams discharge to the Pacific Ocean, such as Frenchmans Creek and San Vicente Creek.

Año Nuevo State Marine Conservation Area and Greyhound Rock State Marine Conservation Area are two adjoining marine protected areas off the coast of San Mateo County. Like underwater parks, these marine protected areas help conserve ocean wildlife and marine ecosystems.

Flora and fauna

The county is home to several endangered species including the San Francisco garter snake and the San Bruno elfin butterfly, both of which are endemic to San Mateo County. The endangered Ridgway's Rail is also found on the shores of San Francisco Bay, in the cities of Belmont and San Mateo. The endangered wildflower Hickman's potentilla is found near the Pacific Ocean on the lower slopes of Montara Mountain. The endangered wildflowers White-rayed pentachaeta, Pentachaeta bellidiflora , San Mateo Woolly Sunflower, Eriophyllum latilobum , Marin Dwarf Flax, Hesperolinon congestum and the San Mateo Thornmint, Acanthomintha duttonii , are found in the vicinity of the Crystal Springs Reservoir.

In May 2014, a California condor was spotted near Pescadero, a coastal community south of San Francisco [14] —it was the first California condor spotted in San Mateo County since 1904. [14] The condor, tagged with the number "597", and also known as "Lupine", is one of 439 condors living in the wild or captivity in California, Baja California and Arizona. [14] [15] The three-year-old female flew more than 100 miles (160 km) north from Pinnacles National Park, in San Benito County, on May 30, and landed on a private, forested property near Pescadero, on the San Mateo County Coast, where it was photographed by a motion-activated wildlife camera. [14] Harold Heath, Professor Emeritus, of Stanford University was responsible for the 1904 sighting, 1 mile (1.6 km) west of the University campus. [14] [16]

Pumas (Puma concolor), also known as cougars or mountain lions, roam the county. [17]

Tule elk (Cervus canadensis nannodes) were native to San Mateo County and among the "favored foods" of the Ohlone people based on ethnohistoric and archeological evidence there. [18] The discovery of two elk specimens made news in 1962, one a royal elk (royal elk bulls have six tines per antler) from a peat bog excavated in Pacifica's historic Laguna Alta, and now in the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology collection. [19] [20] These may date from the time of Spanish settlement. [21] Laguna Alta lay just south of the Interstate 280 and Skyline Boulevard intersection, east of Mussel Rock. [22] The California Academy of Sciences also has an elk skull fragment collected one mile inland from the mouth of Purisima Creek in 1951. [23] Additional coastal elk remains dating from the Middle and Late Periods in Northern California were found in at least five more late Holocene archeological sites in San Mateo County: SMA-115 (Montara State Beach site), SMA-118 (Bean Hollow State Beach site), SMA-244 (Butano Ridge site), SMA-97 (Año Nuevo Creek site) and SMA-218 (Año Nuevo State Reserve site). [24] On the eastern side of the San Francisco Peninsula, elk remains were also unearthed at multiple archaeological sites along San Francisquito Creek. [25] [26]

National protected areas

Marine protected area

County parks

San Mateo County Parks 
  •  Parks and open spaces 
  •  Trails 
  •  Historic sites 

The County of San Mateo Parks Department operates 22 parks, trails, and historic sites spread throughout the county:

San Mateo County Parks [27]
NameImageEst.SizeCityRef.
1Coyote Point Zeppelin-ride-020100925-130 (5028699547).jpg 149 + 538 acres
60 + 218 ha [lower-alpha 1]
San Mateo/Burlingame [28] [29]
2 Crystal Springs Lake San Andreas - Sawyer Camp Trail (15916868610).jpg 17.5 mi
28.2 km
Burlingame [30]
3 Devil's Slide Devil's Slide Trail, which used to be an unstable part of California Highway 1 until they built bypass tunnels and turned it into a nature reserve. (26033922316).jpg 1.3 mi
2.1 km
Pacifica/Montara [31]
4 Edgewood Monday Night Birding (14177890134).jpg 467 acres
189 ha
Redwood City [32]
5 Fitzgerald [lower-alpha 2] JV Fitzgerald Marine Reserve 04 (11013086134).jpg 1969 Moss Beach [33] [29]
6 Flood 21 acres
8.5 ha
Menlo Park [34]
7 Friendship <1 acre
0.40 ha
Redwood City [35]
8 Huddart 974 acres
394 ha
Woodside [36]
9 Junipero Serra 103 acres
42 ha
San Bruno [37]
10 Memorial 1924673 acres
272 ha
Loma Mar [38]
11 Mirada Surf 15 + 34 acres
6.1 + 13.8 ha [lower-alpha 3]
El Granada [28] [29]
12 Moss Beach 2014467 acres
189 ha
Moss Beach [28] [29]
13 Pescadero Creek Entering the Park (5365626915).jpg 8,020 acres
3,250 ha
Loma Mar [39]
14 Pillar Point 220 acres
89 ha
Moss Beach [40]
15 Quarry 517 acres
209 ha
El Granada [41]
16 Sam McDonald Sam McDonald County Park (16121518351).jpg 850 acres
340 ha
Loma Mar [42]
17 San Bruno Mountain Aerial view of San Bruno Mountain.jpg 2,416 acres
978 ha
Brisbane [43]
18 San Pedro Valley 1,052 acres
426 ha
Pacifica [44]
19 Sanchez Adobe Sanchez Adobe exterior 2.JPG 5 acres
2.0 ha
Pacifica [45]
20 Tunitas Creek Beach Tuitas Beach and Ocean Shore Railroad.jpg Half Moon Bay [46]
21 Woodside Store Woodside store.jpg Woodside [47]
22 Wunderlich 942 acres
381 ha
Woodside [48]
Notes
  1. 149 acres of land, 538 acres underwater
  2. Wholly contained within the Montara State Marine Reserve
  3. Divided by State Route 1 into the 15-acre Mirada Surf West and 34-acre East.

Prior to the rebuilding of the San Mateo Bridge that began in 1996, the county had also operated Werder Pier for fishermen; it had been the western segment of the original 1929 vertical-lift bridge.

In addition to the county-operated parks, San Mateo County voters created the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District in 1972, administered by the Peninsula Open Space Trust, which owns several protected spaces within San Mateo County (as well as within Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties). San Mateo County protected spaces administered by POST include: [49]

State parks

State beaches

Demographics

As of 2012, San Mateo County had one of the largest Tongan communities outside of Tonga, with an estimated 13,000 Tongan Americans. [50]

2011

Places by population, race, and income

2010

Historical population
CensusPop.
1860 3,214
1870 6,635106.4%
1880 8,66930.7%
1890 10,08716.4%
1900 12,09419.9%
1910 26,585119.8%
1920 36,78138.4%
1930 77,405110.4%
1940 111,78244.4%
1950 235,659110.8%
1960 444,38788.6%
1970 556,23425.2%
1980 587,3295.6%
1990 649,62310.6%
2000 707,1618.9%
2010 718,4511.6%
2020 764,4426.4%
U.S. Decennial Census [59]
1790–1960 [60] 1900–1990 [61]
1990–2000 [62] 2010–2020 [63]

The 2010 United States Census reported that San Mateo County had a population of 718,451. The racial makeup of San Mateo County was 383,535 (53.4%) White, 20,436 (2.8%) African American, 3,306 (0.5%) Native American, 178,118 (24.8%) Asian (9.8% Filipino, 9.0% Chinese, 1.9% Indian, 1.2% Japanese, 0.8% Korean, 0.5% Vietnamese, 0.3% Burmese, 0.1% Pakistani), 10,317 (1.4%) Pacific Islander (0.6% Tongan, 0.3% Samoan, 0.2% Fijian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian), 84,529 (11.8%) from other races, and 38,210 (5.3%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 182,502 persons (25.4%); 15.7% of San Mateo County is Mexican, 2.7% Salvadoran, 1.2% Guatemalan, 1.2% Nicaraguan, 0.7% Peruvian, 0.6% Puerto Rican, 0.2% Colombian, and 0.2% Cuban. [64]

2000

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Age distribution (2000 census)

As of the census of 2009, [66] there were 714,936 people, 258,648 households, and 174,582 families residing in the county. The population density was 2,753/sq mi (825/km2). There were 284,471 housing units at an average density of 789/sq mi (432/km2). 7.4% were of Italian, 7.1% Irish, 7.0% German and 5.3% English ancestry according to Census 2000. 46.9% spoke English, 28.4% Spanish, 6.2% Tagalog, 4.0% Chinese or Mandarin and 1.1% Cantonese, and other language 4.2%, as their first language from estimate census 2009.

There were 258,648 households, out of which 30% had children under the age of 18, 48.6% were married couples living together, 14.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.7% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.79 and the average family size was 4.44.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 28.6% under the age of 18, 15.9% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 21% from 45 to 64, and 9.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.1 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $69,306, and the median income for a family was $77,737. Males had a median income of $48,342 versus $45,383 for females. The per capita income for the county was $36,045. About 6.42% of families and 9.51% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.01% of those under age 18 and 8.52% of those age 65 or over.

Government

San Mateo County has a five-member Board of Supervisors, representing five geographic districts, elected at-large until November 2012. On November 6, 2012, Measure B passed [67] to amend the San Mateo County Charter so that each member of the Board of Supervisors will cease to be elected by an at-large vote of all the voters in the County, but is instead elected only by the voters of his or her district. [68]

San Mateo County is split between California's 14th and 18th congressional districts, represented by Jackie Speier ( D Hillsborough ) and Anna Eshoo ( D Atherton ), respectively. [69]

In the California State Assembly, San Mateo County is split between three legislative districts: [70]

In the California State Senate, San Mateo is split between the 11th and 13th districts, represented by Scott Wiener and Josh Becker, respectively. [71]

Politics

Presidential election results and voter registration

United States presidential election results for San Mateo County, California [72]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.%No.%No.%
2020 75,58420.20%291,49677.89%7,1711.92%
2016 57,92918.43%237,88275.67%18,5735.91%
2012 72,75625.46%206,08572.13%6,8792.41%
2008 75,05724.75%222,82673.47%5,4091.78%
2004 83,31529.25%197,92269.48%3,6201.27%
2000 80,29630.95%166,75764.29%12,3464.76%

Cities by population and voter registration

Overview

The California Secretary of State, as of February 2019, reports that San Mateo County has 404,958 registered voters. [74] Of those voters, 202,341 (50%) are registered Democratic, 60,045 (14.3%) are registered Republican, 15,834 (3.9%) are registered with other political parties, and 126,738 (31.3%) declined to state a political party preference. Every city, town, and unincorporated area of San Mateo County has more registered Democrats than Republicans.

On November 4, 2008, San Mateo County voted 61.8% against Proposition 8, which amended the California Constitution to ban same-sex marriages. [75]

Crime

The following table includes the number of incidents reported and the rate per 1,000 persons for each type of offense[ when? ].

Cities by population and crime rates

Economy

A July 2013 Wall Street Journal article identified the Facebook initial public offering (IPO) as the cause of a change in the U.S.' national economic statistics, as San Mateo County—the home of the company—became the top wage-earning county in the country after the fourth quarter of 2012. The article revealed that the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the average weekly wage in the county was $3,240, which is 107% higher than the previous year: "That’s the equivalent of $168,000 a year, and more than 50% higher than the next highest county, New York County (better known as Manhattan), which came in at $2,107 a week, or roughly $110,000 a year." [79]

Additionally, San Mateo County hosts the headquarters of Visa Inc, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Electronic Arts, YouTube, Genentech, and Gilead Sciences, as well as a hub of venture capital firms in Menlo Park and several other technology-related companies.

In 2016, Peninsula Clean Energy began providing electricity to 20 percent of residential customers, all municipalities, and all small- to mid-size businesses in the county, as a Community Choice Aggregation program, an alternative to Pacific Gas and Electric. [80]

Education

The people of San Mateo County may use the services of San Mateo County Libraries along with the Peninsula Library System and its dozens of branches, bookmobile and Library-a-Go-Go machine at the Millbrae BART/Caltrain station.

The county is divided into several public school districts and is also served by the local Catholic diocese and many other private parochial and secular schools. The San Mateo County Board of Education oversees early education, special education, and the court and community schools program in the county, as well as serves as an appeal board for the adjudication of expulsion appeals, interdistrict attendance appeals, and charter schools.

Some students in San Mateo County's public schools attend outdoor education in La Honda. San Mateo Outdoor Education is a residential school that teaches major concepts of ecology via exploration of forest, pond, garden, tidepool, wetland, and sandy shore habitats. [81] The center's mascot is the banana slug, a large yellow gastropod. The school uses songs from the famous Banana Slug String Band.

Transportation

Major highways

Public transportation

SamTrans (San Mateo County Transit District) provides local bus service within San Mateo County. Local and commuter bus routes also operate into San Francisco.

Caltrain, the commuter rail system, traverses the county from north to south, running alongside the Highway 101 corridor for most of the way.

Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) trains serve San Francisco International Airport and the northern portion of the county, terminating at Millbrae.

Caltrain, BART, and SamTrans converge at the Millbrae Intermodal station.

Airports

San Francisco International Airport is geographically located in San Mateo County, but it is owned and operated by the City and County of San Francisco.

San Mateo County does own two general aviation airports: Half Moon Bay Airport and San Carlos Airport. [82]

Marine transport

The only deepwater port in South San Francisco Bay is the Port of Redwood City, situated along Redwood Creek, originally created as a lumber embarcadero in 1850. The San Mateo Harbor Harbor District manages the Pillar Point Harbor and Oyster Point Marina. Ferry connections connect Oyster Point to Jack London Square in Oakland and the Alameda Ferry Terminal in Alameda.

Notable structures

There are a number of well-known structures within San Mateo County:

Communities

Cities

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Population ranking

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of San Mateo County. [84]

county seat

RankCity/Town/etc.Municipal typePopulation (2010 Census)
1 Daly City City101,123
2 San Mateo City97,207
3 Redwood City City76,815
4 South San Francisco City63,632
5 San Bruno City41,114
6 Pacifica City37,234
7 Menlo Park City32,026
8 Foster City City30,567
9 Burlingame City28,806
10 San Carlos City28,406
11 East Palo Alto City28,155
12 Belmont City25,835
13 Millbrae City21,532
14 North Fair Oaks CDP14,687
15 Half Moon Bay City11,324
16 Hillsborough Town10,825
17 Atherton Town6,914
18 El Granada CDP5,467
19 Woodside Town5,287
20 Portola Valley Town4,353
21 Brisbane City4,282
22 Emerald Lake Hills CDP4,278
23 Broadmoor CDP4,176
24 Highlands-Baywood Park CDP4,027
25 West Menlo Park CDP3,659
26 Moss Beach CDP3,103
27 Montara CDP2,909
28 Colma Town1,792
29 Ladera CDP1,426
30 La Honda CDP928
31 Pescadero CDP643
32 Loma Mar CDP113

See also

Notes

  1. Other = Some other race + Two or more races
  2. Native American = Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander + American Indian or Alaska Native
  3. 1 2 Percentage of registered voters with respect to total population. Percentages of party members with respect to registered voters follow.

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The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is a U.S. National Recreation Area protecting 82,027 acres (33,195 ha) of ecologically and historically significant landscapes surrounding the San Francisco Bay Area. Much of the park is land formerly used by the United States Army. GGNRA is managed by the National Park Service and is the most visited unit of the National Park system in the United States, with more than 15 million visitors a year. It is also one of the largest urban parks in the world, with a size two-and-a-half times that of the consolidated city and county of San Francisco.

North Coast (California) Region of California in the United States

The North Coast of California is the region in Northern California that lies on the Pacific coast between San Francisco Bay and the Oregon border. The area is named after the dense redwood forests throughout the region. It commonly includes Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties and sometimes includes two counties from the San Francisco Bay area, Marin and Sonoma.

Montara State Beach

Montara State Beach is a beach located in the coastal region of California eight miles north of Half Moon Bay on State Route 1 in California, USA. It is operated by the California State Department of Parks and Recreation under the San Mateo Coast Sector Office. It is one of the cleanest beaches in the state and is known for surfing and fishing.

Pilarcitos Creek is a 13.5-mile-long (21.7 km) coastal stream in San Mateo County, California, United States, that rises on the western slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains and descends through Pilarcitos Canyon to discharge into the Pacific Ocean Half Moon Bay State Beach.

Pescadero Creek

Pescadero Creek is a major stream in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties in California, United States. At 26.6 miles (42.8 km), it is the longest stream in San Mateo County and flows all year from springs in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Its source is at 1,880 feet (570 m) above sea level on the western edge of Castle Rock State Park, with additional headwaters in Portola Redwoods State Park, and its course traverses Pescadero Creek County Park and San Mateo County Memorial Park before entering Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve at Pescadero State Beach and thence to the Pacific Ocean 14.4 miles (23 km) south of Half Moon Bay.

Memorial Park (San Mateo County, California)

San Mateo County's Memorial Park is located in Loma Mar and is operated by the San Mateo County Department of Parks. The park encompasses 673 acres (2.72 km2), and includes old-growth redwood trees, eight miles (13 km) of hiking trails, camping areas, picnic facilities, a visitor center, a camp store, a creek swimming area, and campfire programs. Pescadero Creek, which provides winter habitat for steelhead trout, runs through the park. Bloomquist, Hoffman, McCormick, and Peterson Creeks join Pescadero Creek within the park boundaries.

Pescadero Creek County Park

San Mateo County's Pescadero Creek Park is located near Loma Mar and is operated by the San Mateo County Department of Parks. The park complex of 8,020 acres (32.5 km2) also includes the neighboring Memorial, Sam McDonald and Heritage Grove parks. The park borders Portola Redwoods State Park with seamless trails, and connects to Big Basin Redwoods State Park via a trail easement across private lands.

Sam McDonald County Park

San Mateo County's Sam McDonald Park is located between La Honda and Loma Mar and is operated by the San Mateo County Department of Parks. The park is 867 acres (3.51 km2) of redwood forest, mixed woods and open meadows. Trails climb up to a ridgeline with views across the Pescadero Creek valley, Butano Ridge, and the Pacific Ocean. The park includes Heritage Grove and borders Pescadero Creek County Park through which it connects to Memorial County Park, Portola Redwoods State Park, and Big Basin Redwoods State Park. Horseback riding is popular here, and many use Jack Brook Horse Camp.

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