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Huddart Park

Date: (Sun.) Nov. 7, 2021
Location: Woodside, CA
Event Director: - 650.321.9713
Course Setter: John Richardson
Type: B; Standard 7-course B-meet in this beautiful redwood park (pending park approval)

Please note that fees and time limits apply. Events are typically not canceled due to bad weather.

More information will be available closer to the event. The information below is subject to change.

BAOC returns to the dramatic redwood forests of Huddart Park ( on the eastern slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains above Woodside. We will offer all seven standard courses, so there will be something for everyone from beginners to advanced orienteers. The usual event schedule and fees will be in effect, and electronic punching will be used.

Huddart is a steep park. The club map from the 1990s had a contour interval of 7.5 meters, and suffered from some imprecision in contour lines (typical of redwood forest). We now have a new map that is based on 5-meter LIDAR data! That makes the map more precise, but unfortunately does not make the slopes any less steep.

Huddart is popular with equestrians, and it is mandatory that all runners yield to horses. If you encounter people on horseback, you must stand by the side of the trail and let them go by. It has been suggested that when approaching a horse and rider, say “Hello” to the rider at a distance so that the horse knows you are a human being, and so will not be spooked. If you are about to emerge from the woods onto a trail, look and listen for horses first, and wait if they are nearby. The worst thing you could do is burst out of the woods onto a trail near a horse.

There are likely to be hikers and other group events in the area. Please be considerate of them, too.

No dogs are allowed in the park.

Remember that Daylight Saving Time ends at 2:00 AM the day of this event (i.e., “fall back”).

For more information, or to volunteer to help (😉), please contact , the Event Director.

Note: The course setter will appreciate the help of one or more vetters. That would be an opportunity to enjoy the park by somebody who will not be able to attend the event.

What is Orienteering?

An adventure! Discover the outdoors and discover yourself! You can explore a course by yourself or go as a team with your friends. You will get a highly detailed orienteering map, probably unlike any map you have seen before. The map will have a lot of detail on it, such as fences, boulders, lone trees, vegetation boundaries, and anything else you might see. Your course will be printed on the map.

Orienteering is easy to learn, a challenge to master, and incredibly fun!

COVID-19 Precautions

We will be following the San Mateo County health ordinance guidelines on the day of the event. That generally means that we can hold the event without social distancing and wearing masks. Nevertheless, we should all be cognizant of the ongoing risk of contracting COVID-19, even for those who have been fully vaccinated. Please stay home if you are feeling unwell in any way. If you are not vaccinated, we ask that you wear a mask while you are in the assembly area, including at the Start and the Finish.

Also, no food or water will be provided at the assembly area (except possibly for a nearby drinking fountain), and no water will be available on the courses. Please bring what you need.

Location In The Park

The assembly area will be at the Werder Shelter. From the entrance station, proceed straight ahead at the first stop sign; the road will take you to the area of the shelter.

Parking, the Start and Finish, picnic tables, restrooms, and a kids’ playground are all nearby.


  9:00 AM – 11:59 AM: Registration open
  9:30 AM – 10:30 AM: Beginners' clinic instruction (free)
 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Starts open
                  2:00 PM: Courses close, checkpoint control pick-up begins
Note: At on-site registration, all juniors must be accompanied by parents or legal guardians, or bring with them a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian (the registration form is available here [PDF/12KB]).

You can register and start on courses anytime during the open times above. Thus, for example, you do not need to be “punctual” at 9:00 (you can if you want, but please don't show up early and expect to be served).

Beginners' clinics are short, repeating sessions that introduce the sport of orienteering, and provide enough instruction to be able to complete the beginner (White) course.

Please note that everyone must return to the Finish by 2:00 PM, and check in at E-punch, even if you don't complete your course. We need to account for all participants, because otherwise we must organize a search party for you.

After you finish, stick around and socialize with other participants (at a distance?)!

Registration and Costs

Online registration (and payment) might be available sometime before the event. Check back here for details.

At on-site registration, all juniors must be accompanied by parents or legal guardians, or bring with them a waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian (the registration form is available here [PDF/12KB]).

The following fees apply at this event:

  $3 for each junior on beginners (White) and advanced beginners (Yellow) courses
  $8 for each adult on beginners and advanced beginners courses
  $5 for each junior on intermediate (Orange) and advanced (BrownBlue) courses  
$15 for each adult member on intermediate and advanced courses
$20 for each adult non-member on intermediate and advanced courses
  $1 for a compass rental (optional)  
  $5 for an electronic fingerstick rental (if you don't own one; you'll need one to complete the course)
$15 for the lowest-cost individual one-year BAOC membership (optional)  


More information about event pricing is available in the club FAQ. All the prices are also shown on the standard entry form (PDF/12KB), which you can print and fill out in advance to save some time at the event. (You will need one entry form for each group of people going on a course together.)

What to Bring

For the beginner (White) course, comfortable outdoors attire is fine, but you should wear sturdy running or hiking shoes. Hiking boots with an aggressive tread are recommended for the advanced beginner (Yellow) course.

Due to the dry weather, matted leaves, and loose soils, we recommend O-shoes or shoes with cleats on the intermediate (Orange) and advanced (Brown through Blue) courses.

We recommend long pants and gaiters on all the courses, except White.

A compass is not necessary, but can be helpful. We have compasses available for a $1 rental fee.

We time the courses with the SPORTident system, so each entry/team needs to have a SPORTident fingerstick. If you don’t have your own, you can rent one at registration for $5 (note that there’s a significant charge for a lost rental). (Use of the “E-punch” system is easy. You can learn how at the event, or read about it here.)

Note: The controls will be set up to respond to SPORTident SIAC “touchless” fingersticks. That type of fingerstick might be available for rent at the event, but note that the charge for a lost SIAC stick will be $80, not the amount shown on the entry form.


The course details will be posted here closer to the event. Be sure to read the Course Setter’s Notes after they are posted (they will be linked here).


Poison Oak: Participants on all except the beginner (White) course will encounter some poison oak, which you will be able to avoid. There are photos and comments here. Washing clothes and shoes and bathing exposed skin with dish-washing soap or a commercial product such as Tecnu is recommended to remove the irritant oil.

Ticks: Although the course setter has not seen any (yet), ticks are found in this area and may carry Lyme disease. Be sure to check yourself after completing your course.

Non-Hazard Items

Horses always have the right of way. If you encounter a horse, you must stop running and respond to the rider’s direction.

Request for Volunteers

The course setter will appreciate the help of one or more vetters in the weeks before the event. That would be an opportunity to enjoy the park by somebody who will not be able to attend the event.

As usual, we need many volunteers at this event. In particular, we will need people for these tasks:

Please contact , the Event Director, to reserve your spot before they're all taken! 😉

Driving Directions

From the Bayshore Freeway (US 101) or Interstate 280 on the Peninsula, go west on Highway 84 (Woodside Road). About a mile west of 280, you will come to a stop sign at the intersection of Mountain Home, Cañada Road, and Woodside Road (near Roberts Market). (Heed the 25 mph speed limit in Woodside!) Continue straight for 0.7 miles to Kings Mountain Road. Turn right (northwest) and follow Kings Mountain Road for 2.1 miles to the park entrance.

Pay your fee at the entrance station and follow the park signs to the Werder Picnic Shelter (proceed straight ahead at the first stop sign). Park in any of the designated areas along the road. (The road loops around the area of the shelter, with parking available all the way around the loop.)

There is a park entry fee of $6 per vehicle. If the entry kiosk is not staffed, you must use a self-service process nearby (which involves putting exact cash in an envelope).