Best bird watching trails in San Mateo Canyon Wilderness, California

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Explore the most popular bird watching trails in San Mateo Canyon Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of bird watching trails in San Mateo Canyon Wilderness, California
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Top trails (8)
#1 - Tenaja Falls
San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 1.5 mi • Est. 49 m
#2 - Bear Canyon Loop Trail to Pigeon Spring
San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 12 m
#3 - Morgan Trail
San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 10.3 mi • Est. 4 h 59 m
#4 - Tenaja Trail
San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 21 m
#5 - Fisherman's Camp Loop and Tenaja Falls
San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 13 m
#6 - Tenaja Falls from Ortega Oaks
San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 16.2 mi • Est. 8 h 10 m
Download map ahead of time for this trail as the trail can be hard to follow.Show more
#7 - Fishermans Camp Trail
San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 31 m
This out-and-back hike follows a well-maintained trail down into Tenaja Canyon, where it terminates at Fisherman's Camp, a small but nice backcountry campsite that requires advanced permission to use. Parking is limited so get there early. There are a lot of mosquitos in the area so you may want to bring along some bug spray. Camping is allowed in this area but NO FIRES.Show more
#8 - San Mateo Canyon Trail
San Mateo Canyon Wilderness
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Length: 13.8 mi • Est. 6 h 29 m