Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve is located in the hills above Redwood City, making it a convenient location for our Doogler crew. Once home to a tuberculosis sanitarium, the buildings were demolished in the 1980s, but there are still a few remnants, like some out of place stairs.
While the history is slightly creepy, we loved the trails here! There are some loop trails that are always nice for hiking and there is also an off-leash area for dogs, which makes Pulgas unique. Trails are well marked and there are maps available at the parking lot; it’s also hiking only, so no bikers or horses.
We took the Polly Geraci Trail, which winds through some pretty dense forest… Red Birch scattered amongst Coast Live Oak, Bay Laurel and California Buckeye provided some welcome cover from the sun as the trail ascended mildly through switchbacks before reaching a small clearing that offered a nice view looking north.
We connected to Hassler Trial, which lead us to the off-leash area where we found some interesting Tipi structures.
Maybe we will try some off-leash adventures here next time... and explore Dusky-footed Woodrat Trail for a longer hike in the future...