A mid-section of the Sawyer Camp Trail, from approximately mile 1-1/4 to mile 3-1/2 (by the Jepson Laurel) will be temporarily closed on weekdays for public safety during tree removal in preparation for habitat restoration over the following period:
Monday-Friday, August 1 through October 28, 2016
The trail will be fully open on weekends and holidays.
Though through use will not be available on weekdays, the trail will still be open on those days for about the first 1-1/4 miles from the south entrance at Crystal Springs Road, and for 2-1/2 miles from the north entrance at Hillcrest.
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This work includes the physical removal of approximately 22 acres of non-native invasive trees that have choked out and displaced the original watershed forests. It is part of a long-term project throughout the watershed to bring back and maintain about 180 acres of native oak woodland and grassland habitats, and the diversity of plant, bird, butterfly, and other wildlife species that depend on them.
Looking for an alternative?
Check out the San Andreas Trail, just across the paving from the Sawyer Camp north entrance at Hillcrest. The first 0.7-mile southern segment is unpaved and not open to cyclists (who can take the frontage road just east of I-280). The rest is paved and extends all the way to San Bruno Avenue. You’ll pass through a variety of habitats, from evergreens to coastal scrub and grassland, and the further north you go, the better the vistas of our northernmost reservoir, the San Andreas.
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