Looking for a great trail in San Mateo Canyon Wilderness, California? AllTrails has 19 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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scramble
5 days ago

Got here at 3 pm and the weather was perfect. Walked 8.29 miles. The views are humbling.

hiking
bugs
scramble
6 days ago

hiking
off trail
private property
10 days ago

beautiful scenery if you like rocks believe its 2 miles out n back bc i had an elderly dog with me we did half mile up half mile down it is a strenuous uphill to the top but at the top theres a cool creepy gate like barn ive only seen at night. THIS IS PRIVATE PROPERTY AND U NEED PERMISSION TO PASS

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bugs
over grown
washed out
12 days ago

love it

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bugs
no shade
over grown
rocky
scramble
13 days ago

good trail. Last quarter mile is steep, tough requiring a bit of scrambling.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
15 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

The trail isn't difficult per se, but it is pretty Rocky and there are several felled trees at the end. The trail isn't terribly well marked at the beginning either. We went in late September and the falls were lack luster lol but worth the view for the short walk :)

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rocky
19 days ago

Sitton Peak was lovely and full of solitude. Completed this yesterday afternoon in just under 3 hours. Half run/walk. Didn't even wear my hiking shoes just normal gym shoes. Not huge and the only big incline is at the end, but if you're looking for a peak to bag that isn't too strenuous and not time consuming hit up sitton peak. I had the top to myself and it was glorious and actually a bit chilly!

hiking
20 days ago

Technically I did the Bear Canyon Ridge one direction in the middle and enjoyed both sides of the loop, but I wanted to post a review here to provide my impression of the trail which differs from what others have recently had. It was my first time here and I'm glad I didn't let the current reviews scare me off. I think this is a little gem for moderate hiking or trail running. The grades were mild (except last half mile that everyone mentions) and varied. No continuous strain of up or down either direction. The single track trail was pretty and yes, some heavy vegetation on the sides at times but I could always see the trail and where I was stepping. I wore shorts and short sleeve shirt and did not mind some plants brushing on me on the occasions that they did, unless I develop poison oak.  For that reason only, I'd recommend covered arms and legs or make sure to bring wipes/ soap for after the hike just in case. Bugs were not present for me this AM, possibly because it was overcast. Maybe the bugs are fair-weathered pests only. Parking and pit toilets available across the street from the trailhead. Signage on the trail was perfect. Many trail options for future hikes/ runs.

We went early in the morning. The weather was overcast but it was perfect for the hike. We had to stop ourselves from going any further. Great hike.

hiking
bugs
washed out
20 days ago

At the end of September, creeks and falls are dried up. I need to come back after Spring.

hiking
bugs
over grown
21 days ago

It was raining when we hiked. We didn’t get a view, but it feels like we were in a rainforest. The mist. The clouds. It adds allure to the trail. There are bugs on the trail. We just walked fast. Bring water. I would go back again for the peak view. It took us 3 hrs and 40 mins round trip.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
22 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

Did this trail 9/22/19. The gps coordinates for driving directions take you directly to the actual trail head for this hike. AllTrails recording wants you to walk back along the paved road and do the first bit off the actual trail. This trailhead was nowhere to be found- and I tried. 20 minutes of bushwhacking and being right on the trail according to the recording, but in the middle of dense overgrown vegetation. Save yourself the hassle (and the ten minutes picking plant daggers our of tour boots and socks, and take the nice,well marked Morgan Trail. There were also 3 times along the portion I did that the recording will ping you for being off route, but just keep following the very nice, well maintained, well marked trail! A late start from home, and half an hour wasted at the beginning means I didn’t finish the hike, due to time constraints, but it was nice and I will come back another time. The first mile is very nicely shaded, as it’s down low in the canyon following the (currently dried out) creek bed. The shade, however, comes with lots of persistent gnats, so bring your spray or your bandana, if you do t want to eat them. After the first mile, you climb out of the canyon and lose the bugs and a lot of the shade, at least for the section I did. Very lightly trafficked also. Saw a handful of people in the first mile both coming and going, but absolutely no one for the rest of the hike.

hiking
bugs
no shade
27 days ago

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