In this morning’s Mercury News:

Huddart County Park, built on a Santa Cruz Mountains hillside west of Woodside, is better known for family reunions and Fourth of July barbecues than hikes. The racket of car engines and rowdy kids takes it off many veterans’ must-see lists, but the main gripe about Huddart dissolves within minutes of venturing into the woods beyond the party zone.

The farther you go, the more likely you’ll have a vibrant forest of redwood, oak and madrone mostly to yourself (you might have to share with a few joggers and equestrians). A stroll to the neighboring Phleger Estate promises one of the nicer redwood hikes on the Peninsula.

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