My favorite places to run are in the mid-peninsula area of the San Francisco Bay Area. Specifically I run Huddart Park or Wunderlich County Park almost daily. If I'm not stomping these trails then I can be found running Water Dog Lake Park, Edgewood County Park, or Windy Hill Open Space Preserve. That's just a few of the awesome parks I have within 10 or 15 minutes of where I live. I have run almost every other park in the bay area, at least the major ones, and can honestly say I think the trails and the views in the mid-peninsula are every bit as spectacular as those found elsewhere. I realize that in the Marin Headlands you get the Golden Gate Bridge and that's unrivaled. Nothing can compete with its majestic grandeur. Besides that one iconic landmark I can't think of another that warrants any special mention. You can mention the sweeping views of San Francisco but in the mid-peninsula you get sweeping views from South San Jose to South San Francisco with the Mission Hills in the background.
I think most people gravitate to the Marin Headlands because the Dipsea trail and Miwok trail have become synonymous with trail running. People come from all around to run those iconic trails and the world famous races that are held on them. Ditto for the Mt Diablo area to the east and it's multiple write ups in various running magazines. I know that a lot of races are held up there but I think just as many are held in Huddart Park and the surrounding trails just to the south. I have run in the mid-peninsula with PCTR, Inside Trail, Coastal Trail and Norcal AR. All races were well attended, aid stations were not too far apart and the park facilities were clean and well kept when compared to other park facilities.
|View from Hickory Oaks Trail in Long Ridge OSP|
My love of trail running runs deep and my bias towards the mid-peninsula is obvious. I will write about all things trail running, especially that which is bay area centric but if you notice all my posted routes and stories are from the mid-peninsula trail system you will know why.
See you in the woods.
Here is one of my favorite routes from Rob at BayTrailrunners.com .... Ole Buckeye