Summit San Bruno Mountain

San Francisco San Bruno Mountain SP

Added by Brian Heifferon

Duration: 2 hours, 3.5 mile loopRidge top views are beautifulWildflowers

The Summit Loop Trail is a fun, mellow hike that climbs easily on a well-graded path to the ridge line, and then drops back to the trailhead, about a 3.5 -mile circuit. Along the way, the trail runs along a creek, ascends through chaparral, and provides excellent views of downtown San Francisco, the East Bay hills, and the Santa Cruz Mountains from the ridge. The spring wildflowers are outstanding; lots of variety and something blooming just about everywhere.

$6 entrance fee (self-registration if kiosk is unstaffed). Maps available at the kiosk. Once past the kiosk, drive past the first lot, under the parkway to the trailhead on the south side of Guadalupe Canyon Parkway. Parking for about 20 cars. Restroom and pay phone available near the trailhead on the north side of Guadalupe Canyon Parkway.

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  • Sun protection
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7 months ago

Wander Around :)

Beautiful hike, it is more of a wandering adventure than a "I'm getting to the top" adventure, although it can be both. My friend and I hiked the summit and saw several ravines, you might think the bay fog would hinder the view/experience but it adds a lot. Pretty magical place. We ended up at a road at the top of the mountain, a pretty isolated place with a few buildings and satellites. Great pictures, great little adventure.

7 months ago

almost 2 years ago

Great spot to hike as it's close by with a handful of trails w/various levels of ability. We only did summit loop and the trail gets pretty narrow toward the top so not ideal for 4 year olds but still doable. Would go back to check out the other trails!

almost 2 years ago

about 2 years ago

NO DOGS - not even on a leash. Be warned. We weren't even allowed to leave her in the car and hike ourselves.

about 2 years ago

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