|Bog Loop, San Bruno
County of San Mateo Parks,
San Mateo County
0.7 mile easy loop hike great for kids and beginners.
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 0.7 mile loop hike is on an almost flat trail, with one little hill, and is very easy.
Mixed shade and sun.
Dirt trail and paved trail.
1 hour or less.
Nice any time.
From southbound US 101 in San Francisco County, exit #429B Third Street/Cow Palace. Drive south on Bayshore to the junction with Guadalupe Canyon Parkway in Brisbane. Turn right and drive about 2 miles uphill 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, then take Market to Guadalupe Canyon Parkway and drive east to the park entrance on the left side of the road (it's about 3 miles from 280).
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 entry fee (self-register if kiosk unoccupied). Drive straight past the kiosk and park in the large parking lot (not really visible from the kiosk). Maps available at entry kiosk. Pay phone in lot. Restrooms near the picnic area, just north of the 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 Region 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 descriptions of trails (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 20 photos from this hike.
Go to Bay Area Hiker Home page
Loop, a short and easy circuit at San Bruno Park, is a
great trail for families with young children. The 0.7 mile loop is close
to restrooms, parking, and San Bruno's picnic area. Winter and early spring
bring muddy conditions, and the best time of year for a visit is probably
spring, when the grass is green and wildflowers are abundant. Some poison
oak is present, so be sure to educate children about the hazards of that
plant before you hit the trail.