March 24, 2023
Recent storms that hit the Bay Area prompted the closure of San Mateo County Parks for public and staff safety.
You can stay safe and protect the environment when visiting open parks during or after rain by following these tips:
- Avoid hiking on dirt trails that are saturated with water and where you may have to step off trail. Stepping off trail causes trail rutting and erosion that can also impact plants and animals dependent on the area’s ecosystems.
- Paved trails with standing water can hide hazards, including sink holes or large divots that can cause tripping. Using trails under these conditions also contributes to further damage of the trail.
- Use caution near large trees during high winds and following a storm. Rangers have seen large and even healthy looking trees come down when soil becomes super-saturated after years of drought.
- Coastal bluffs are great locations that may seem safe to take in ocean action during storms, but please use caution and stay away from the edge. Heavy weather can cause bluffs to give away and fall onto the beach below.
We encourage you to keep current with park and trail conditions and safely enjoy parks that are open especially during breaks in the weather. Remember to please respect park and trail closures.
Thank you to park visitors that have been reporting downed trees, washed out areas, and other storm damage. If you wish to report damage please leave a message at our main line (650) 363-4020 or send an email to ParksandRecreation@smcgov.org. Staff will not be able to return your call unless they need further information.