San Bruno Mountain is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Brisbane, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Hike to the summit of San Bruno Mountain (1,314). Enjoy picturesque views of the entire Bay Area from the top. Take the Summit Loop trail for the most gradual way to the summit.
Very misty and windy when we went so can't comment on the views but a nice easy little hike not far from San Francisco. Would come back on a clearer day for a quick afternoon stroll.
Amazing view, good trails kid friendly took my 2 kids with me
San Bruno Mountain End to End
Start at the end of Hoffman street in Daly City. Go up and hike along the ridge trail towards Brisbane. As you near the end start looking down the Brisbane side for what looks like a white water tower along Arthur Drive and Beatrice Road.
Take a lyft or head towards the main plaza to take a bus.
Relatively easy hike with spectacular, albeit often hazy panoramic views of the Bay Area. An abundance of California wildflowers pepper the landscape. Clouds steam in over the mountain, and from the peak they seem close enough to reach out and touch. Can be quite cold, especially when fog rolls in and wind picks up. Watch out for poison oak.
*** Leave no trace *** Please take back water bottles and trash on all trails.
-You can drive to the top and do the Ridge trail. It's popular with trail runners and tourists.
-The Summit loop is used by sightseers and trail runners.
-You can start from the main entrance and go up Dairy trail to Ridge Trail and come back down.
If you like elevation you can go up Bayside Boulevard and hike the Ridge Trail, into the Summit loop and come back for about 9 miles.
-Ridge trail has really nice views of the SF Bay area
I start from Fire Road 2. It starts off Hillside Blvd, I then move to the trail and which leads back to the fire road to the ridge trail. It gets a bit steep and loose rocks make for an interesting decent but I love it. Amazing views of the bay area.
Note that the only trail that allow bikes is the Saddle Loop which is a hair under 3 miles. A cool place to take a quick ride if you're pressed for time, but just want to get on the bike. The climb is very moderate and will last you about 1.5 miles. Then is a quick decent back to the parking lot. Most experienced riders will do this loop in about 30 minutes or less. Nothing technical. Just a wide fire road that is shared by bikes and hikers.
One of my daily trails when I was living in the city. You can avoid the $6 parking fee by parking at the trailhead on Crocker. I usually take the trailhead on Crocker to the Bog Trail (can get muddy after a rain) and then go right, pass the clean bathrooms, and left up to Summit Loop and then back down again.
Beautiful views of the city, across the bay, and ocean. Many neighborhood regulars here. During late Spring/summer, wild berries line the trails and you'll see many neighborhood folks walking in with baskets and plastic bags in hand.
Great views of the entire Bay Area. San Francisco, Oakland, Pacifica, Marin, SFO, Lake Merced, Ocean Beach....just to name a few of the sites. There are a few different loop trails here, we took the Summit Loop. Parking is $6. The trailhead for the summit loop is actually a short walk from the pay booth parking lot, or you can bypass the first lot and drive under the main road to park in front of the trailhead. As others have mentioned, it was windy which made it hard to take pics with my phone. Another plus is the clean bathrooms.
Great views along the way and especially at the top. Minimal crowds. $6 parking. Plenty of wildflowers in spring and lots of birds slicing through the gusty winds. Take a light wind breaking jacket.
I would do it again.
Amazing views all around (you get a view of the coast and a little later the trail wraps around and you get a great view of the city). Easy hike. I would've given it 5 stars but the trail is poorly maintained, especially for having paid $6 for parking there; you have to make your way through a lot of bushes and stuff that looks like poison ivy (they have signs saying there's poison ivy around there).
Great views of the City and the Bay. It's also a good bike ride from the BART station up to the top of the mountain. It can be VERY windy on portions of the ridgeline.
Great view of the area and SFO from up there.