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Visit Beautiful Crystal Springs Reservoir

August 3rd, 2014 by Mill Rose Inn

Crystal Springs ReservoirThere is seemingly no end to California’s natural beauty. The varied landscapes of the state the Mill Rose Inn calls home is indeed wondrous to behold. One point of interest you may be inclined to visit during your stay at our Half Moon Bay bed and breakfast is Crystal Springs Reservoir. Activities such as nature observation, hiking and more are popular endeavors at Crystal Springs Reservoir. Read on to find out the potential fun you can have if you choose to visit.




Crystal Springs Reservoir is actually a pair of artificially created lakes in San Mateo County. Upper Crystal Springs Reservoir in the south was formed first when construction caused an earthen dam to collapse and joined Laguna Creek and Laguna Grande. The Lower Crystal Springs Reservoir was created when Crystal Springs Dam was constructed. The two reservoirs were connected in 1924. After passing from owner to owner, Crystal Springs Reservoir is no the property of the city of San Francisco, and for safety reasons is not open to the public.


Crystal Springs Park

Just because the reservoir itself is not open for boating, swimming and the like, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the beauty of the area and surrounding forests and ecosystems. Crystal Springs Park is a county park located between San Bruno and Woodside, California. It has recreation areas, hiking trails, and an abundance of beautiful plants and wildlife to observe.


Flora and Fauna

Crystal Springs Reservoir contains several environments for important local animals and plants to thrive. Several endangered plant species grow around the reservoire such as Marin Dwarf Flax, San Mateo thornmint, and San Mateo Woolly Sunflower. Two notable residents of the area are a pair of Bald eagles who built a nest there in 2012.



Crystal Springs Reservoir is home to the Crystal Springs Regional Trail, which is separated into three connecting segments. The San Andreas Segment has a paved portion that is often used by bicycle riders, but the lower part is gravel so if you want to hike without worrying about cyclist, this might be a good option for you. The Sawyer Camp Segment is probably the most well known of the trail segments, and is therefore the most frequently hiked. Sawyer Camp is paved and has lanes for two way traffic. Jogging, cycling, walking, and horseback riding are popular on the trail and it is also handicap accessible. The Crystal Springs Segment is a bit more remote, but no less enjoyable. It passes several points of interest including the Phleger Estate, Edgewood County Park, Pulgas Water Temple, and the Filoli Center. Hikers, joggers and equestrians have access to this trail.


When planning your activities for your visit to Crystal Springs Reservoir, be sure to book your stay at the Mill Rose Inn. You can continue to enjoy the wonders of nature in our gorgeous gardens and relax in our lushly decorated guest rooms and suites. After an active day, you can book a massage or a soak in our garden jacuzzi. The Mill Rose Inn is the ideal place to pamper yourself while surrounded by the natural beauty of San Mateo County. We hope to see you soon!



Photo courtesy Marc Smith.