Salamander Flat Loop

San Francisco, California

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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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"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."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running
Nearby City: San Francisco
Distance: 2.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Wunderlich County Park
Local Maps: USGS: Woodside
Driving Directions: Directions to Salamander Flat Loop

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May 2018