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Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve



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    366.12 acres


Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve is a 366-acre site near the City of San Carlos and provides trails for hiking and walking one's dog, including an off-leash area. The Preserve's six miles of trails offers access to cool canyons and a ridge top with views toward the bay and surrounding hillsides.

Dog Access: Dogs are allowed on ALL trails in this Preserve. Must be on a leash except when in off-leash area.

Allowed Activities
Dog Walking
Good For
Rules & Regulation
Dogs Permitted
No Biking
No Illegal Substances
Dogs On Leash
No E Bikes

Additional Information

Accessibility Description

Cordilleras Trail • 0.8 mi.: The trail parallels a service-only road and later breaks away from the road and brings visitors to a quiet wooded valley with a bench, next to the Cordilleras Creek.

Visit the Easy Access Opportunities page for additional information.


  • Hours: Open half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset.
  • Dogs: Dogs are allowed only on designated trails in this Preserve. Must be controlled on a maximum 6-foot leash at all times. Dogs are allowed only in designated preserves or areas as posted. Dog walkers are required to bag and remove all dog waste from the Preserve by packing it out. Moving dog waste off trail is not permitted.  In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Midpen accommodates service dogs in Preserves wherever we allow public access. For more information visit the Dog Access page.
  • Bicyclists: Bikes are NOT allowed in this Preserve. For information on preserves open to bikes visit the Bicycle Access page.
  • Equestrians: Horses are NOT allowed in this Preserve. Helmets are recommended for all equestrians. For information on preserves open to horses visit the Equestrian Access page.
  • Groups: For safety reasons, permits are required for all groups of 20 or more people.
  • Permits: A use permit is required for any activity or event which: may be attended by twenty (20) or more people; OR is advertised or noticed in any publication, poster, electronic posting or flyer; OR requests/requires a fee be paid for participation. Visit the Permit page for more information.
  • Fires: Fires are prohibited on preserves.
  • Smoking: Smoking is prohibited on preserves.Weapons: Weapons of any kind are prohibited on preserves.
  • Plants and Animals: Please leave plants and animals undisturbed. This not only preserves the natural environment, but is also a safety precaution.
  • Water Areas: Swimming wading, or engaging in any water-contact activity in any water areas of the District is prohibited.

Off-Leash Dog Area

Visitors can let their dogs off-leash in the 17.5-acre area located in the center of the Preserve, accessible from the Cordilleras Trail, Polly Geraci/Hassler Trails, and the Blue Oak Trail. While in this area, visitors must have a leash in their possession and their dog must be under voice control.

Note: Area is fenced and signed at entrances, but there is no fencing around the off-leash area.