Trail Alerts

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Trail closures July 9 and 10

The Sawyer Camp Trail will be closed for mowing tomorrow, July 9, from Hillcrest to Jepson, and Thursday, July 10, from Jepson to South Gate.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Rescheduled Trail Closures

Previously scheduled trail closures in June for annual mowing were postponed to the following dates: July 2: San Bruno Ave. – Larkspur; July 9: Hillcrest – Jepson; July 10: South Gate – Jepson. For further information, please call San Mateo County Park Service, 650-573-2592.

Friday, June 20, 2014

The WSIP Turns 10!

This year the Water System Improvement Program (WSIP) turns 10! One of the largest infrastructure projects in the nation, the WSIP is repairing, replacing and upgrading our aging water infrastructure to ensure we can deliver water to customers following an earthquake. We’ve gotten a little nostalgic about how far we’ve come in the last 10 years, and we would like to share this video with you.

Now 80 percent complete, the WSIP has already provided increased reliability to the water supply for customers as a result of the completion of some of the program’s major projects. The program has created over 6 million construction craft hours to date, employing more than 11,000 workers since 2007. Nearly half of those workers live in our four-county service area.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Creek Clearing Work Party on June 14—Free Barbeque Afterward

Join environmentalists, community members, the City of Hillsborough, and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission for the first San Mateo Creek cleanup work party, followed by a free barbeque on Saturday morning, June 14. Meet at 9 a.m., South School, 303 El Cerrito Avenue, Hillsborough, and come back for lunch afterward.

San Mateo Creek—now clogged with trash from the highways and other dumpsites—is the only bayside creek in San Mateo County that’s a designated steelhead stream.

Help us bring this small but vital waterway back to life.

Please RSVP to Wednesday, June 11, 5 p.m. so that we have enough food. Also let us know if you have questions or special food requirements.

(Bring sturdy shoes, layers, sunscreen, work gloves--and an appetite.) See you there.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Sawyer Camp Trail Closure June 17-19

The Sawyer Camp Trail will be closed June 17, 18, and 19 for annual mowing. For further questions, please call the San Mateo County Park Service at 650-573-2592.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Lane Closure on Crystal Springs Road in San Mateo – May 29 to June 10

Crystal Springs Road between Skyline Blvd. and Polhemus will close to one lane from May 29 to June 10.

Flaggers will direct drivers, cyclists and runners through one open lane. Visitors to the southern trailhead of Sawyer Camp Trail should expect delays during these dates.

Construction workers who were connecting a new water pipeline discovered damage beneath the roadway.  This condition requires emergency repairs to be completed as soon as possible.

Please call (866) 973-1476 with any questions.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sawyer Camp Trail Partial Closure: April 21 through 25

The northern section of Sawyer Camp Trail will be closed from Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25 for seasonal maintenance by San Mateo County Parks.

The trail will be closed from Hillcrest Avenue in Millbrae to just north of the Jepson Laurel area (a 2.5 mile section).

The southern trailhead at Skyline Blvd. and Crystal Springs Road will remain open, with no through-access to Hillcrest.

This work is necessary for fire prevention and general trail safety. Additional closures for maintenance and repairs are likely this spring and summer. For automatic updates, please subscribe to this blog by entering your email address into the box on the right-hand side of this page.

Trail updates are also posted on Twitter: @sawyercamptrail.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sawyer Camp Trail Open

The entire 6-mile Sawyer Camp Trail is now open.

San Mateo County Parks recently completed seasonal fire prevention and maintenance work. No closures are currently planned, but additional closures for maintenance are likely this spring.

Please subscribe (see right) or Follow us on Twitter: @sawyercamptrail for upates.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Important Update: Sawyer Camp Trail Partial Closure

The southern trailhead at Skyline Blvd. and Crystal Springs Road is now closed from the south gate to the Jepson Laurel picnic area. It will reopen for weekend visitors at 6 a.m. Saturday, March 1 and remain open all weekend.

Next week from Monday, March 3rd through Friday, March 7th, this same 3.5 mile section of Sawyer Camp Trail will close again. Park Rangers are removing hazardous foliage to prevent fires during the upcoming dry season.

The northern section of the trail is now open and is expected to remain open next week. The northern section may be accessed from the trailhead located at Hillcrest Blvd. in Millbrae. The Jepson Laurel picnic site is a 2.5 mile walk south from Hillcrest.

Additional trail closures for maintenance work are likely this spring. Please subscribe (see right) for automatic email updates or Follow us on Twitter: @sawyercamptrail.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sawyer Camp Trail Partial Closures for Hazardous Tree Removal

The southern section of Sawyer Camp Trail is closed now through Friday, February 28th for emergency tree removal by San Mateo County Park Rangers and Calfire. The trail is closed at Crystal Springs Road and Skyline up to the Jepson Laurel picnic area.

The northern section at Hillcrest Blvd. is now open, but there is no through access to Skyline.

Tree removal is scheduled for the northern section next week. From March 3rd through March 7th, Sawyer Camp Trail will be closed at Hillcrest Blvd., with the southern trailhead open to the 3.5 mile marker.

The entire trail will be open Saturday and Sunday.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Temporary Trail Closure

On Tuesday, February 4th, the southern section of Sawyer Camp Trail will be closed from the trailhead at Crystal Springs Rd., north 3 miles to just before the Jepson Laurel. The trail will be closed all day for maintenance. The northern trailhead at Hillcrest Blvd. will remain open.

No further closures are scheduled at this time.

Please call us at (866) 973-1476, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Trail Closure & Opening!

Temporary Trail Closure
On Tuesday, Jan. 21st, the northern section of Sawyer Camp Trail will be closed from the Hillcrest Drive entrance, south 2.5 miles to just before the Jepson Laurel. The trail will be closed all day for Water System-related maintenance. The southern trailhead at Crystal Springs Road will remain open.

Trail Re-opening
San Andreas Trail's southern section, between Hillcrest Dr. and Larkspur Dr., has been repaired and is now open! It is gravel-surfaced, so cyclists must detour via the bike route along Skyline Drive. This section connects Sawyer Camp Trail to San Andreas Trail.

San Andreas Trail, Hillcrest trailhead

Please call us at (866) 973-1476, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.