San Andreas Lake Trail

EASY 27 reviews

San Andreas Lake Trail is a 7.2 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
7.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
639 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.

hiking
10 days ago

road biking
17 days 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.

mountain biking
1 month ago

hiking
3 months ago

walking
3 months ago

4 months ago

4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

4 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

7 months ago

walking
7 months ago

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.

walking
9 months ago

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Loved

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Sunday, April 10, 2016

mountain biking
Friday, March 18, 2016

Sunday, September 07, 2014

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.