Pulgas Water Temple - Woodside, California
The enhanced Pulgas Water Temple site was finished in 2004 -- adding some landscape manicuring and parking. The entrance to the temple is shown here, where a short path leads visitors to the water temple site.
The original Pulgas Water Temple was built as a monument to the engineering feat that brought water from the Sierras to San Francisco in 1934. The damming of the Tuolumne River in Yosemite's Hetch Hetchy Valley was at the time, and continues to be, a controversial proposition. (See next page for information on historical efforts to save Hetch Hetchy.)
On my last visit, the trail head area was literally swamped with hummingbirds feeding on nearby nectar plants. Depending on the season, you may see a variety of birds such as raptors (hawks) and woodpeckers.
Pulgas Water Temple Location
Pulgas Water Temple is located in Woodside, California, on Cañada Road, near Crystal Spring Reservoir and just west of I-280.
See Pulgas Water Temple on a map of San Mateo County attractions.