Looking for a great trail in San Mateo Canyon Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 17 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 11 moderate trails in San Mateo Canyon Wilderness ranging from 1.5 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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Did this hike in January. Hidden jewel with amazing views.

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rocky
scramble
3 days ago

Favorite Peak trail. Never too crowded! Last .25 mile is a hard scramble up and difficult to come down.

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muddy
washed out
3 days ago

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bugs
3 days ago

Done this trail a few times. Short quick hike out and back. Beware of TRASH. I bring my dog with me on hikes and I do not appreciate when it looks like someone has literally thrown glass bottles just to shatter them for fun all along the top of the falls. Lots of graffiti as well. Not sure what people gain out of destroying the falls. Lots of bugs in the summer time from the creek, mostly nats but pesky nonetheless. Some cool little secret spots along this trail my pup led me too, like a swing and open camping site, and an abandoned vehicle. More to look into if you’re into exploring off the main trail. The drive there for me is not really worth the hike. The hike doesn’t take very long and it feels like the hike is as long as the drive from the freeway to get there lol. The road is not well maintained, especially since the government has been shut down, and is a 1 way with a lot of blind corners that people speed around. Never been in an accident but seems like it could easily happen. Stay safe on the trails!

good hike, great views

We went 2/18/19 after a couple weeks of rain. I've never been on this hike but I've been assured that usually the river crossing is an easy rock hop, and that the waterfall is usually more of a trickle. Today was swiftly flowing water! We saw some people do the river crossing straight through the river, but if you go south a bit, you'll see a bent log. It doesn't look easy to go over but it's doable. Dirty butt vs. wet shoes... Overall, very pleasant inclines and currently has a bunch of shaded areas.

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washed out
5 days ago

Awesome falls with tons of water right now. Went this weekend, and the stream was a torrent. Most people were not able to get across to hike to the waterfall without getting soaked to the waist. We found a place down a ways from the main crossing where we were able to carefully pick our way across on rocks, but it was time-consuming, and we were very close to falling in multiple times. Worth it, though. Watch out for poison oak. It's just starting to grow and there are many plants with tiny leaves that you can hardly see, but they will get you.

I will lead a troop of girls in Scouts BSA on their first backpack. But we plan only to hike about two miles and then camp off trail. Any recommendations for sites? From what I have read here and elsewhere, a possible location is the first stream crossing about two miles in. We will do a day hike to Chiquito Falls the next day.

Great trail, easy peak

Hiked this trail yesterday Tuesday 2/12/2019. No snow, no ice, some muddy spots, some animal "land-mine" on the trail so watch your step. Pretty much empty trail on Tuesday. Very nice on the peaks. A little challenge getting steep uphill at the last quarter mile but is very doable.

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muddy
11 days ago

Great trail. I went all the back to the falls which was flowing pretty good. I took some great pictures along the way.

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muddy
rocky
scramble
12 days ago

Awesome tough day today! The trail is definitely hard at times. It was raining the first couple hours. We learned a valuable lesson about rain gear. The temp got cold on bear ridge as we were soaked through. This time of year had the most amazing foliage and greenery everywhere. All the trails are very well marked. The last section where you turn off the main trail and assent to the summit had some pretty slippery muddy spots. We don’t hike very fast but we really enjoyed climbing this peak!

the water fall was flowing! good hike. little over 9 miles. good workout but not very hard. weather today was perfect.

Went here mid January and really liked the hike. We started at the candy store, that has really good banana bread, and made it to the peak in a couple of hours. The hike was not hard until you get pass the giant water trough then the incline begins. There are some airplane wing parts just pass the water trough. Many parts of the trail are uneven so make sure you wear high top hiking boots to prevent an ankle sprain. The views from up top were awesome.

I may have given this another star but I hiked this the day after hiking Bedford Peak. You have many more view points at Bedford. The best view on this hike is only at the peak. There's a lot of hiking where you see nothing. And, if you hike on a Sunday morning like me, there will be a large noisy crowd at the top.

Nice hike not to bad until last half mile which is a steep climb, put away the poles for that ascent, coming down tricky a little work on about a mile up on way back then nice hike back. Was warmer than expected shorts and t shirt good. Fantastic view at top could even see San Clemente Island along with Catalina and all the so cal peaks

Awesome

It was amazing! The falls were awesome the dogs had a blast. Watch out for ticks! Well worth the hike. No potty areas until the gov is back up tho.

Great hike just a bit steep as you get close to the peak but overall loved it.

Wonderful little hike. The falls are very mellow but there is some water there. Low level of traffic on the trail, although the parking lot was already completely packed by 8:30 am. We made it up and down in about three hours but we were booking it the whole way.

I would recommend this hike for trail running and more exercise related activities (I.e. it isn’t too spectacular for views); there is an extension past the middle, I suppose you could make it more like 10-12 miles overall. It’s not overly exciting, but nothing short of pleasant. We had a great view of the ocean and Catalina island. It was a little windy, we wore jackets most of the way up. The parking lot required an adventure pass. Dog friendly.

The bottom loop portion is fairly well covered, with a little creek and some foliage. After you head towards the stick of the lollipop so to speak, way less coverage so wear a hat and bring sunscreen. The trial was a bit washed out in sections and there was a few trees down, but nothing too intense. Moderate is a perfect rating for this hike, it’s a bit rocky and might be challenging on the way down for the less athletically inclined.

26 days ago

took my kids and my dog on a leash and it was an awesome hike for all. the road to the trail is narrow and has a lot of curves but worth the view. get there in the am... it gets crowded.

on Sitton Peak Truck Trail

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27 days ago

The hike was beautiful as it was about four days after a rain storm. The trail was easy to find and marked well. The only really tough part was the last 1/2 mile as others had stated was steep. The views were amazing, was able to see Catalina on this day. It was very peaceful at the top, enjoying my snacks, and the quietness when a large loud crowd made their way up. They blasted their music, being obnoxious when others were there to enjoy nature and the peacefulness away from the city crowds.
I think it is tough to go down than it was to go up since it was kind of slippery. I did have a small slip going down. As you head back out after the steep hill down there are hills to hike out again.
All in all this is a nice hike if you can do it on the weekday (which I cannot) I would suggest, to avoid the crowds.

Such a beautiful Hike. Little steep going up but really not that bad. anyone can do this Trail.

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Very well kept trail even with the federal shutdown. The LNT has been adhered to by hikers. only a small wrapper at the top which ended up in my trash bag. a few muddy areas due to the recent rains but nothing major. A few ups and downs and you go and very steep last quarter mile before the summit.

Beautiful hike! 3 days after 4 very full days of rain and Chiquito Falls did not disappoint. It was flowing beautifully. This was quite a hike, felt like more than 9 miles. Some shade but mostly not. Found trail to be pretty clean, especially the second half. Bring lots of water.

Nicely maintained trails and great view especially after rains last few weeks. So green and good volume at The fall! My husband and I managed to complete this hike in 4.5 hours with few breaks.

hiking
1 month ago

I attempted this last year and like a previous reviewer, we took a wrong turn as the correct trail was covered with brush and through a small stream. Needs better trail markers or any at all! We walked over rocks and poison ivy for quite a while before realizing and turning around.. it was too hot for my dog to try again but I hope to try this again soon!

Trail conditions were ideal! There were only a few remaining puddles/mud patches. This was a mellow hike until the last 1/2 mile, when it turned into a steep scramble. The view up top made it so worth the climb

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