|All Access Hike/Loop,
San Bruno Mountain State and County Park,
County of San Mateo Parks, San Mateo County
1.2 mile all access loop hike through coastal scrub.
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 1.2 mile loop hike is almost completely flat, and is very easy.
Mixed shade and sun.
Dirt trail and paved trail.
1 hour or less.
Nice any time.
From US Highway 101 in San Francisco County, exit #429B Third Street/Cow Palace. Drive south on Bayshore to the junction with Guadalupe Canyon Parkway. Turn right and drive uphill about 2 miles, to the park entrance on the right side of the road.
From northbound US 101, take Exit 426A toward the Cow Palace and drive north on Bayshore Boulevard; then turn left onto Guadalupe Canyon Parkway.
From Interstate 280 in San Mateo County, exit #50 Mission Street. Take Market to Guadalupe Canyon Parkway, and drive east to the park entrance on the left side of the road.
Get driving or public transit directions from Transit and Trails:
GPS Coordinates* for Trailhead:
(* based on Google Earth data, shown as degrees, minutes, seconds)
Gas, food, and lodging:
Gas, stores, and restaurants on Mission and Bayshore. No camping.
$6 entrance fee (self-registration if entrance kiosk is unstaffed). Once past the kiosk, drive straight a few feet, then turn right just before the gated fire road, into the parking lot. Three designated handicapped parking spots, and lots more parking. Restrooms near picnic area, north of the parking lot. Maps available at the entrance kiosk. Pay phone in parking lot. There is no direct public transportation to the park.
Bikes permitted on a few trails. Horses and hikers share the rest. No dogs.
The Official Story:
CSMP's San Bruno page
Park office 650-992-6770
Map Choices/More Info:
Use AAA's San Francisco Bay Area map to get there.
Map from CSMP
Afoot and Afield: San Francisco Bay Area, by David Weintraub (order this book from Amazon.com) has a great map and descriptions of a San Bruno hike.
Trails of the Coastside and Northern Peninsula (map) is a good guide (available from Pease Press).
Peninsula Trails, by Jean Rusmore, has a simple map and trail descriptions (order this book from Amazon.com).
The Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Book, by Tom Taber, has a simple map and trail descriptions (order this book from Amazon.com).
Bay Nature article about San Bruno Mountain
View photos from the hike
Go to Bay Area Hiker Home page
a short drive from San Francisco, San Bruno Mountain offers wheelchair
users* a pleasant jaunt through the typical plant communities of the park's
north section. Technically, the wheelchair-accessible Bog Trail is an
out-and-back path, but you may be able to navigate a short uphill grade
on a path that connects to the paved flat Old Guadalupe Trail, creating