Salamander Flat Loop

San Francisco, California 94128

Salamander Flat Loop

Salamander Flat Loop Professional Guide

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"An easy climb through redwood glens and stands of eucalyptus leads to Salamander Pond, a reservoir for the Folger Estate and the stomping grounds of the adorable roughskinned newt. Bygone moguls of San Francisco have left remnants of their estates scattered about the Bay Area. Barons of railroads, sugar, coffee, and banking often held vast tracts of former Spanish ranchos in the countryside surrounding the fog and bustle of the city. Though most likely not their intent, the moguls preserved woodlands and grasslands in private ownership with minimal, albeit extravagant, development. Mansions, waterworks, stables, bathhouses, pleasure palaces—sometimes all of the above—were sprinkled on sprawling estates from Sonoma County to Woodside and beyond."

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Hiking Through History San Francisco Bay Area (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourré
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"An easy climb through redwoods and eucalyptus leads to Salamander Pond, this was once a reservoir for the Folger Estate and now the stomping grounds of the rough-skinned newt. The loop to Salamander Flat follows wide trails that were once carriage roads, farm roads (dating back to the ranching days), and haul roads (built when the hillsides were being logged; the property was also the site of a sawmill in the mid-1800s, and redwood harvested from the property was used to build the stable). The inclines and declines are never too steep, and the width allows hikers to walk side by side, making this a great option for families and friends. Salamander Flat is dominated by Salamander Pond, a former estate reservoir that serves as habitat for rough-skinned newts. About the cutest creepy-crawly you’ll ever see, the orange-bellied newts emerge in wet weather and meander across hillside and trail to the pool. They can, at times, be a plague on the trail: Once you spot one, you’ll see them everywhere, causing any conscientious hiker to dance and leap along the path to avoid squishing them." Read more

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Trail Information

San Francisco
Nearby City
2.6
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Wunderlich County Park
Local Contacts
USGS: Woodside
Local Maps

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Dec 2018