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  • San Mateo County, California

    San Mateo County, California, is home to some of the best trails and outdoor activities. A must-visit is the Sawyer Camp Trail, a scenic 6-mile path that winds along the Crystal Springs Reservoir. It's a top spot for walking, jogging, and cycling, with views of the sparkling water and unique rock formations. Another notable trail is the Devil's Slide Trail, a 1.3-mile path with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. For those who enjoy bird-watching, the Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve is a must-visit. Here, you'll find a variety of bird species and a network of trails that meander through the marsh. These outdoor adventures in San Mateo County offer a unique and scenic way to enjoy the great outdoors.

    Top Spots in and near San Mateo County

    • Bolinas, California

      Backpack to Coast Camp in Point Reyes via Palomarin Trailhead

      20.5 mi / 2705 ft gain
      Spanning from just north of the small town of Bolinas (about an hour north of San Francisco) across Inverness ridge and to the top of Tomales Point, Point Reyes National Seashore is as stunning park featuring breathtaking ocean views and solitude among the grassy hillsides and forested ridges. Th...
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    • Gilroy, California

      Redfern Pond via Hunting Hollow

      7 mi / 1263 ft gain
      Henry W. Coe State Park, northern California's largest, provides outdoor enthusiasts with over 89,000 acres of land to explore, as well as 22,000 acres of designated wilderness area. With all of this space, the outdoor adventures are seemingly endless. We recommend a multi-day backpacking trip to...
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    • San Rafael, California

      Terra Linda Sleepy Hollow Ridge Trail

      5.85 mi / 1089 ft gain
      This San Rafael neighborhood trail is quite popular, but there is plenty of room for everyone and the parking is easy. After you park at the trailhead, you walk (or bike) up a relatively short and steep path that takes you to the beginning of the trail.  This hike takes you along a scenic ridge ...
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