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Springtime Wildflower Hikes

Friends of Edgewood will again be hosting our popular, free Spring Wildflower Hikes. The 2020 season begins March 14th and runs through June 7th, Saturdays and Sundays at 10:00 am.

Our expert volunteer docents will help you explore Edgewood Natural Preserve’s serpentine grasslands and oak woodlands. Edgewood is known for profuse spring wildflowers and rich biodiversity. You might see dozens of species of flowers in a single day! Our hikes vary according to what’s in bloom.

What to Expect

These hikes are rated moderate. We will be covering about 3 miles, in about 3 hours. The elevation gain from the main entrance is approximately 500’ and the elevation gain from the Clarkia Trailhead is about 250’. We’ll take frequent stops to look closely and learn about what we find. We welcome hikers of all ages, but our narrow, dirt trails cannot accommodate strollers.

Wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen, and bring a hat, if you wish.

Restrooms are available only at the Bill and Jean Lane Education Center and in the picnic area near the main entrance. Please be sure to use the restrooms before the hike begins.

Bring water. The only places to fill a water bottle are at the Bill and Jean Lane Education Center and the picnic area. There is no water on the trail.

We don’t stop for lunch, but picnic tables are usually available after the hikes in the picnic area near the main entrance. Picnicking is allowed only in the designated picnic areas. If you bring a snack to eat along the trail, please be sure to pack out all your trash.

We recommend getting here early; parking can be challenging. Check-in will begin at 9:45 am and hikes begin at 10:00 am. You will be required to complete an activity release form for each hiker.

Please don’t pick the flowers. The flowers at Edgewood are for everyone to enjoy. More importantly, Edgewood is a natural preserve and this year’s wildflowers turn into the seeds for next year’s wildflowers. Picking, collecting or removing anything from the preserve is prohibited.

Parking

Parking is very limited at Edgewood, especially on weekends when the weather is nice. Parking is allowed on the park-side of Edgewood Road, but be aware of all bike lanes and no parking signs. There is no parking along the north side of Edgewood Road. You may find parking off Crestview Drive or Cordilleras Road; please respect our neighbors’ driveways. Use extreme caution if parking on the street. Cars and bicyclists move quickly on this busy road.

Carpool when possible. Allow extra time to park. Alternate parking areas and entrances to the park can be found near the Park & Ride area at the intersection of Edgewood Road and Cañada Road, or near the Clarkia Trail entrance. Wherever you park, do not leave valuables in your vehicle.

Street Map of Edgewood Park

Where to Meet

Main Entrance: Saturdays and Sundays, March 14 – June 7, 10:00 am

Hikes will start near the picnic area at the main entrance off of Edgewood Road (red star on map). Look for the signs leading from the parking lot. Please check in at least 15 minutes before the hike. Allow extra time for parking. You will be required to complete an activity release form for each hiker.

Clarkia Trailhead: Saturdays only, April 4 – 25, 10:00 am

On Saturdays in April only, hikes will also start from the Clarkia Trailhead on Cañada Road (blue dot on map). Parking is available on the street near the trailhead. Please check in at least 15 minutes before the hike. You will be required to complete an activity release form for each hiker.

Note: Heavy rain cancels hikes.

Self-Guided Hike Options

You can find more information about self-guided hike options, including a bulletin board showing you what is blooming now at Edgewood, at the Bill and Jean Lane Education Center near the main entrance. Our hosts will be happy to suggest some routes and point out special features.

Groups of 10 or more

Groups of 10 or more should make a reservation. We will work with you to schedule a docent to lead your group on a private hike. Group hikes may be scheduled on weekdays or weekend afternoons, pending docent availability. Unfortunately, due to the popularity of our wildflower hikes, we cannot accommodate large groups on weekend mornings. For group reservations, please email docent-coordinator@friendsofedgewood.org and include information about your group and your desired dates and times. Please allow a few days for one of our volunteers to get back to you.

After Your Hike

If you have come in contact with poison oak, use hand sanitizer or an oil removing cleanser as soon as possible, and wash the area with cool water and a product such as Tecnu when you get home. Check your body (and clothes) for ticks. Click here for more information about ticks and what to do if you find one.

Please give us your feedback. Your wildflower hike docent will provide you with a comment card and we read each and every one! Your comments help us make our wildflower hikes even better, and our volunteer docents love to hear how you enjoyed your day at Edgewood Natural Preserve.

Support Friends of Edgewood

Friends of Edgewood is a 100% volunteer organization. All of our wildflower hike docents happily give their time to show you around the park we love. If you enjoyed your visit, consider supporting this program and becoming a Friend of Edgewood today.

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