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Trail Center

A network of trails...

A network of trail users.

From ancient redwoods to sandstone caves, from the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Southern Diablo Range, the Trail Center is your connection to outdoor recreation on the San Francisco Peninsula and South Bay Area.

The Trail Center is run by and for its volunteers and members.

Join this exciting network of outdoor enthusiasts and become a part of your parklands!

The Trail Center
3921 E. Bayshore Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Creek Trail, San Mateo CountyThe Trail Center and its volunteers give back to the land much needed care and maintenance of trails. Trail work is the perfect blend of community service, outdoor awareness, conservation, physical exercise and camaraderie set in places of natural beauty. You, too, can be part of this effort. Read on.

The Creek Trail (see photo) is located in Memorial Park, San Mateo County, California. The Trail Center helps to maintain this trail and others located on San Mateo County, Santa Clara County and California State Parks lands. This is just one of our many Trail Project sites. For ongoing activities, check out the planned events below:

September 10, 2016 - Saturday
San Mateo Memorial Park - Mt. Ellen Trails
Mt. Ellen Trails



October 08, 2016 - Saturday
Wunderlich County Park
Bear Gulch Trail



November 05, 2016 - Saturday
Bay Area Ridge Trail - San Mateo County
Bay Area Ridge Trail - REI Service Day



November 19, 2016 - Saturday
Tool Party and Annual Meeting
Tool Repair and Trailer Cleanup



December 03, 2016 - Saturday
Alum Rock Park
South Rim Trail - Sycamore Switchback Trail



Support Our Work - Become a Member

If you're not already a Trail Center member, help us improve trails throughout the San Francisco Peninsula, Santa Cruz Mountains and South Bay Area, produce excellent trail and park locator maps, provide a wealth of trail-related information via our website, publications and email/phone trails reference services, provide great volunteer opportunities for supporting our area parks and trails.

Memberships begin at $35. See Membership Information for details.

Join Our Mailing List

The Trail Center Workday announcement and the Trail Center News & Events newsletter are sent out in advance of each trail work event (usually monthly), and at other times as needed. Both include detailed information on the upcoming trail work event. The newsletter also includes a schedule of future trail work events and selected park and trail news. You may sign up by clicking the link below.

Privacy Notice: We do not trade or sell our mailing list. You may cancel your subscription at any time using the unsubscribe link included at the end of each newsletter.

Visiting the Trail Center Office

The Trail Center office is only occasionally staffed and we do not have regular office hours. Please e-mail us or call (650) 968-7065 if you have a question. If you are looking for maps, maps are available through Wilderness Press and through local bookstores and outdoor stores (see our Maps & Publications page for more details). The Trail Center no longer sells maps.

The Trail Companion Newsletter

The Trail Companion features reports on the Trail Center's recent projects, trailbuilding book reviews, upcoming Trail Center events, and more.


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