Bluewater Traverse Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"From Ortega Highway on the north to Tenaja Road on the south, this route traverses the heart of the San Mateo Wilderness by way of old roads and primitive trails. Carry a full backpack and plan to spend a night out in Oak Flats or San Mateo Canyon, or go light and make this simply a long day’s outing.
Without a doubt, March and April are the most rewarding times: knee-high grasses ripple across the potreros, chaparral blooms release their potent fragrances, and water trickles down the shady ravines. Depending on its state of maintenance, the Bluewater Trail may be quite overgrown by encroaching vegetation, so it would be wise to contact the Forest Service before attempting this route."