Explore the most popular trails near San Mateo with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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rocky
2 days ago

We went up the reverse route. Really liked the ascent. The decent was VERY steep. Not gonna lie, I ate it once. The trail as marked also does takes an odd path that goes to a dead end and makes you double back to walk right back up to the summit. This was beautiful, but a bit odd.

hiking
22 days ago

Good little local hike in the middle of an urban area. Lots of poison oak.

on Sugarloaf Hill

hiking
29 days ago

Did as short mini hike just to get out. Pretty nice view at sunset w 360 degree view. Was actually pretty steep to get up to the little peak so wouldn’t have rated as Easy.

not too windy, not as many speeding bikes as is usual.

Flat trail and the right distance for kids. The Magic Mountain playground a great destination. Great area for a picnic.

windy and nice... enjoyed walking part of this waterfront path. Wish I'd had time to walk the whole thing.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

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over grown
scramble
2 months ago

Trail up Sugarloaf was nice. Beautiful views. Path downhill is very steep - don't attempt without good shoes, and can be challenging for your knees.

hiking
3 months ago

Took a wrong turn and made this way harder than it needed to be. It was a nice trek back down though.

windy much of the time.

Stroller friendly all the way for days

This portion of the bay trail is great for meandering. Every morning is different with the tides.

hiking
no shade
6 months ago

Easy, paved trail with great views of the bay, San Francisco, SFO (including watching the planes taking off and landing). Planes fly right by you and you can also walk by the Coyote Point marina. It is a more heavily trafficked trail, but the path is wide and easily allows for passing.

Been here! it's a great place to jog. one side of the trial has dogs play area and the other side it has children's play area. it's crowded in evening.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice trail. Muddy in a lot of places (we’ve had a lot of rain this winter), so be sure to have good shoes. Great playground for the kids at the start/end. I started recording from the top of Sugarloaf peak bc I forgot to start recording at the beginning.

hiking
no shade
7 months ago

It is a very, VERY dirty trail in spring. There is a lot of slippery and wet places. Shoes have to be washed after hiking. The best place is a top of hill. You could use a shorter path than this route.

running
8 months ago

I opted for the loop portion—1.2-miles w/ 343’ gain. Going clockwise the ascent was gradual, the descent sharp. Views were pleasant but unremarkable. I passed 3 people on my jog. Would return if I were in the area again with 30-60min free.

my go to trail for everyday runs.

Very flat and great to walk with kids (stroller friendly). Beautiful views of the Bay and landing planes.

Nice trail along the bay. Lots of foot and bike traffic.

hiking
Saturday, October 06, 2018

Scenery: 2 Views: 3.5 Difficulty: 2 Crowds: 2 Shade: 2.5 My 1-5 Rating Scale Comparisons for above: 5 for Scenery; Mcway Falls Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP 4.5 for Scenery: Berry Creek Falls Big Basin State Park 4 for Scenery: Steep Ravine Trail 5 for Views: Nimitz Trail Tilden Park 5 for Views: Ridge Trail San Bruno Mtn Park 4.5 for Views Montara Mtn Summit San Pedro County Park 4 for Views Rancho Canada Del Oro Bald Peaks trail 5 for Difficulty: Junipero Serra Peak 4 for Difficulty: Mount El Sombroso Loop Trail

hiking
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

nice easy trail with some great views

Sunday, July 22, 2018

pretty easy trail, kids can take bikes and there is a park along the way.

This is a fantastic bike trail. There were some rough roads before the airport hotel area but other than that it was perfect. I started at around 3 pm and it was a little too windy then, but on the way down south it became much better. Watching airplanes ascending/descending is a bonus. Definitely will do it again.

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