|Mills Canyon Nature
City of Burlingame,
San Mateo County
1 mile loop squeezes between housing developments in Burlingame.
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 1 mile loop hike is easy, however there are plenty of trail obstacles on the lower, creek portion of the trail. Steps and rocks can be slippery.
About 1/2 shaded, 1/2 exposed.
Under an hour.
From Interstate 280 in San Mateo County, take the Trousdale Drive exit. Drive east about 0.5 mile, and turn right onto Sebastian Drive. Continue about 0.5 mile, then turn right onto Arguello. Look for a gate on the left side of the road after about 0.2 mile.
Get driving or public transit directions from Transit and Trails:
GPS Coordinates* for Trailhead:
(* based on Google Earth data, shown as degrees, minutes, seconds)
No entrance or parking fees. There is decent roadside parking in a residential neighborhood, but no maps, drinking water, or toilet facilities. No designated handicapped parking, and trails are not wheelchair accessible. This trail is not suitable for strollers. This nature area is so small I doubt you'd go out of your way to visit, but if you are so inclined, you can take SamTrans bus #242, get off on Trousdale, and walk to Mills Canyon.
Gas, food, and lodging:
Gas, pay phones, stores, and restaurants in surrounding communities, but there's nothing within walking distance. No camping.
No bicycles. Dogs are permitted on leash. The posted rules don't mention horses, but I doubt you'd encounter any here. The nature area is open from 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
The Official Story:
City of Burlingame's Mills Canyon page
City of Burlingame Park Department: 415-558-7330
Use AAA's San Francisco Bay Region map to get there.
Peninsula Trails, by Jean Rusmore, has a map and descriptions of the trails (order this book from Amazon.com).
View photos of this hike.
Go to Bay Area Hiker Home page
Canyon is the kind of place I'd like to hike after a
Thanksgiving dinner. You know what it's like, you eat a lot, and
then want to walk outside a little, but not any great hike or anything.
Just an hour or so of gentle strolling. Mills is perfect for that. It's
a small area with one real trail, fairly level, but with enough elevation
gain to make you sweat a bit. On the negative side, the trail is
narrow and can be overgrown, and the locals seem to use Mill Canyon as
a late night party stop judging from all the beer bottles and cans.
Total distance: 1.07 miles