Looking for a great trail in San Mateo Canyon Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 18 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views 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. Ready for some activity? There are 10 moderate trails in San Mateo Canyon Wilderness ranging from 2.1 to 16.2 miles and from 1,328 to 2,956 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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waterfall

hiking
bugs
over grown
1 day ago

hiking
4 days ago

Great quick moderate trail. It took me and my husband an hour. My husband was wearing a weight vest. The all trails map worked great! The river was dry but it was still beautiful out with perfect weather.

hiking
over grown
4 days ago

Its not a bad trail, quite overgrown. They do need better trail markings. Today we tried to go from Fisherman’s Camp trailhead to meet up with and do Tenaja Falls hike but when we chose the fork to “Tenaja Creekside” split I stead of the High Trail we ran into a “dead end”. Perhaps the sign should tell you this so as not to waste time. I also feel that the mileage listed should be more accurate. With a little work, it could be great!

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bridge out
over grown
8 days ago

k5hmmk Lehman going pull ^

hiking
10 days ago

Tenaja trailhead Top five best trail. Came early around 9:00 with my dog. Tree blocking path half way; walked around it. I had to stop myself from walking it was so breath taking. This is waterfall forest. I’ll be back after rain to here and see it in action.

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
15 days ago

Overall, very enjoyable hike. I had a family member visiting from out of town who wanted to hike a 'peak', and since Saddleback peak is currently closed, this fit the bill. definitely bring sunscreen - you are fairly exposed for much of the hike. also, there was a section with intense bugs - I would recommend bugspray. finally, the last 0.3 miles is pretty tough - trekking poles was really helpful for that section. I would recommend this hike. p.s. my GPS was buggy during the hike, so my route looks off. overall, took 4 hours for the hike itself, and we stopped at the top to rest and eat. 5 hours with the stop.

Great trail, bring plenty of water because most of the trail is not shaded. You get some beautiful views of the forest from this trail.

hiking
bugs
over grown
washed out
20 days ago

Fuck this peak

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
scramble
21 days ago

I DO NOT recommend this trail, severely overgrown and I never knew if I was on the trail or not. I decided to walk up the dried creek bed hoping for a better outcome but was only led to a dead end.

hiking
bugs
over grown
scramble
washed out
21 days ago

Got off trail trying to cross the stream without getting wet. Watch out for poison oak. Lots of bugs! At the top of the waterfall, a large tree has fallen over and is blocking the trail. Overall, nice views. Saw lizards, quail, and frogs. Will do it again when there is more water.

best hiked in winter or on a cool day. did this both uphill and down. rode horses but stayed off the rocky part near the candy store. Actually rode all the way to Round Potrero and back. Easier on horses. Beautiful scenery. Bring water and trail mix. Carrots too.

hiking
bugs
no shade
off trail
over grown
rocky
29 days ago

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