San Andreas Lake Trail

EASY 39 reviews

San Andreas Lake Trail is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Millbrae, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
488 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

lake

views

no dogs

A popular destination for joggers and mountain bikers, San Andreas Lake offers access to the paved section of the San Andreas Trail.

walking
18 days ago

easy trail to run or walk. great to bring the kids on their bikes.

3 months ago

easy little trail

hiking
10 months ago

The trail in the map here actually includes the northern tip of Sawyer Camp Trail -- the south end of San Andreas Lake. The San Andreas Lake Trail itself contains two parts: the northern part is a paved road next to San Andreas Lake, starting at San Bruno Ave and Skyline Blvd and ending at the west end of Hillcrest Blvd; the southern part follows. It's a narrow primitive trail in the woods next to Interstate 280. Slight curvy and no spectacular view. Overall it's a short easy walk, but I prefer Sawyer Camp Trail, which is three times longer.

walking
10 months ago

Very flat 7 mile stretch which I got to do with a fellow pregnant friend. We are both in our third trimesters and it was perfect for us -- there were a number of benches and restrooms! Thank goodness.

road biking
11 months ago

The paved path runs parallel to Skyline Blvd and there is a lot of noise from the road. It's scenic, but you don't really get close to the lake as the watershed is fenced off. The views of the lake are scenic and the part close to the damn is nice. I think the Sawyer Camp trail further south is much better. There is very little shade. There are restrooms at two locations and a water fountain by one of them.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

I've only walked the San Andreas Trail portion from its start at San Bruno Ave @Skyline to the Trousdale/280 exit in Millbrae. That's a little over 5 miles roundtrip. Mostly flat & paved, it's an easy walk with a beautiful view to the west (the reservoir). The drawback is the incessant, loud traffic noise from 280. And no dogs allowed so I can't bring my best friend. There isn't anywhere to picnic on this stretch & only one place to sit, but this trail is all about exercise.

walking
Saturday, January 28, 2017

Traffic noise. The San Andreas Trail is the northernmost segment of the Crystal Springs Regional Trail. From the start of the trail at San Bruno Avenue to Larkspur Drive the trail is paved and mostly very level. From Larkspur Drive to the end of the San Andreas segment at Hillcrest Boulevard the paved trail turns into a true dirt trail. Hiking boots are needed. This portion makes up 20% of the total San Andreas segment. As you walk south you have the beautiful scenic San Andreas Lake and Sweeney Ridge on your righthand side. To the left you have Route 35 and Highway 280. Traffic noise. You feel somewhat caged in as there are fences on both sides of the trail. The traffic noise can be loud enough at times to drown out conversations with your hiking partner. Sometimes that could be a positive. The main purpose of the trail is aerobic exercise. Yes, there are a few pine trees, ducks, and deer can be sighted at the northern end, but most walkers are thinking of calories being burned. A restroom on the trail is neat and clean and there are benches to sit on as you enjoy your lunch and view the lake. Traffic noise.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Loved

hiking
Sunday, August 10, 2014

Not recommended unless you're going for a quick bike ride. There are two paths here: one that runs along the lake and one that runs along Highway 35. The path along the lake is closed, which means you have to resort to the other path. Since that path runs along the highway, you get to enjoy the pleasant noise of car whizzing by while on your hike. If you must be on this trail, bring lots of friends or generous headphones.

road biking
Monday, November 04, 2013

I only go here for an exercise ride since I live just down the street. Nice place for joggers and roadies. Pretty much all paved trail. Don't expect any mountain biking fun.

hiking
Friday, October 04, 2013

the trailhas been closed for years big disappointment

hiking
Monday, October 01, 2012

Walked on the paved trail for about 2miles out&back. It had a nice view and weather, but it was too close to the freeway for my liking. Kind of noisy, but I tuned it out after awhile. Walked up the other side of larkspur exit(south of it) on the way back for a little and enjoyed it. Nice dirt path & more secluded. Going to give that side a try next time. Watch out for the poison ivy!

hiking
Sunday, April 22, 2012

Paved trail probably good for a quick bike ride. No access to the reservoir & sticks way too close to the 35 for casual hiking. Exposed most of the way down.

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