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Best trails in San Francisco Peninsula Watershed

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Looking for a great trail in San Francisco Peninsula Watershed, California? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, trail running trails, wild flowers trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in San Francisco Peninsula Watershed ranging from 2.7 to 9.6 miles and from 305 to 659 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Top trails (8)
#1 - Crystal Springs to Pulgas Water Temple
San Francisco Peninsula Watershed
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 18 m
Note: As of September 2020, access to the Pulgas Water Temple and Gardens are closed. Check here for more information: https://sfwater.org/index.aspx?page=93Show more
#2 - Canada Road Trail
San Francisco Peninsula Watershed
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 3 h 27 m
On Sundays, this 3.8 mile section of Cañada Road closes to vehicle traffic between the Filoli entrance and Highway 92, allowing for non-motorized activities including jogging, bicycling, hiking, roller-skating, and walking. For more information, please see https://parks.smcgov.org/bicycle-sundayShow more
#3 - Upper Crystal Springs Reservoir
San Francisco Peninsula Watershed
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
#4 - Pulgas Water Temple Area Exploration
San Francisco Peninsula Watershed
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 1 h 54 m
The Pulgas Water Temple was built at the terminus of the Hetch Hetchy aqueduct as a monument to the new water system. It's located within the watershed, just south of Crystal Springs reservoir. An inscription at the top reads, "I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people," a biblical quote from Isaiah. The San Francisco Peninsula Watershed, managed by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, is home to trails that offer access to remote wilderness, Northern California geology, and opportunities to enjoy ridge-top vistas of our watershed lands, reservoirs, the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. The newly-opened portion of the SFPUC Peninsula Watershed's Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail, accessible through guided tours, starts at Skyline Quarry on Highway 92 and extends northward to the watershed boundary at the Portola Ridge Gate. Pulgas Water Temple and its parking lot are open to the public on weekdays, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. The parking lot is closed on weekends. Show more
#5 - Cañada Road Trail
San Francisco Peninsula Watershed
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 4 h 19 m
#6 - Ralston Avenue Bike Trail
San Francisco Peninsula Watershed
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 18 m
This is a paved bicycle, hiking and jogging trail connecting the community of Belmont with the Crystal Springs Trail. It extends from Ralston Avenue interchange with Highway 92 over I-280, across Canada Road to the Crystal Springs Trail.Show more
#7 - Crystal Springs Trail
San Francisco Peninsula Watershed
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
#8 - Fifield Cahill Ridge Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
San Francisco Peninsula Watershed
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Length: 10.1 mi • Est. 4 h 55 m
NOTE: Reservations required to access this trail. Trained volunteers head excursions three days a week. Local nature lovers can enjoy the rare opportunity to hike, bike, or ride their horses through pristine stands of old growth Douglas Fir, evergreen and fragrant coastal scrub while enjoying ridge-top vistas of our watershed lands, reservoirs, the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. Small groups of hikers, bicyclists, or equestrians can now make reservations for guided excursions along the Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail. Because of environmental restrictions within the fragile ecosystem, groups must be accompanied by a volunteer trail leader and are limited to approximately 20 people (fewer on horseback), scheduled no more than three times a day on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. You can reserve spaces for as many as five people for any one event. Sign up for an event using the online reservation system. For more information visit: http://sfwater.org/index.aspx?page=147Show more