Hiking Sugarloaf Mountain
Three day weekends are not for sitting around. With the constant downpour California has been receiving, there was no place dry this past weekend within a reasonable driving distance. Josh and I got out on Sunday for a little bit, and suddenly, I remembered what it was like to be outside and not sloth-y. Josh had school on Monday so I was stuck at home sans car. Try as I might, I laid in bed, watched TV, made biscuits… but by the time noon rolled around, cabin fever had hit. It was time to get out of the house. Luckily, there’s a good number of parks within walking and biking distance of where I live. I put on all the waterproof stuff I own and headed out into the downpour to Laurelwood Park.
I entered the park from Laurelwood Dr and took the paved Tenderfoot Trail to the Natural Amphitheatre Trail. This trail ascends some extremely muddy steps and is signed to Sugarloaf Mountain. The Natural Amphitheatre Trail winds up the vibrant green hill before it joins the Laurelwood Park Trail to summit. Lots of fungi and moss were to be seen. There were a ton of social trails and some other spur trails branching off the Laurelwood Park Trail. None of these trails are signed. It was also pretty difficult to tell what was an actual trail and what wasn’t, so I mostly just left them alone. It was an incredibly wet day and I wanted to minimize my impact if I went down something that wasn’t an official trail. Heading back down, I retraced my steps for a total of 2 miles on the trail.
The summit offers 360 degree views of San Mateo and the Bay Area. On a rainy Monday, I only saw one other person, but I imagine it gets fairly busy when the weather is dreary. The summit was flat, spacious and open, a perfect place for a picnic, sans alcohol, as it’s not allowed in the park. Laurelwood Park is dog friendly and family friendly. The park sits in the middle of a few neighborhoods and has multiple access points.
Gear: Mountain Hardwear Scrambler 30 Pack, Sierra Designs Hurricane Pants, Outdoor Research Aspire Jacket, Sealskinz Waterproof Sock, Patagonia Performance Better Sweater Hoody, Altra Lone Peak 2.5 Trail Shoe