San Francisco: San Bruno Mountain Loop

Hike 3.8 miles through a quiet oasis of undulating hills to a 1,076-foot summit overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Bay Area. Bonus: Trailhead is less than 9 miles from city center.
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Hike 3.8 miles through a quiet oasis of undulating hills to a 1,076-foot summit overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Bay Area. Bonus: Trailhead is less than 9 miles from city center.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.9

Waypoints

SBM001

Location: 37.6969184875488, -122.433731079102

Summit Loop trailhead: Park just beyond pay station and follow sidewalk at south end of lot

SBM002

Location: 37.6951179504394, -122.434448242188

Summit Loop trailhead: Park just beyond pay station and follow sidewalk at south end of lot

SBM003

Location: 37.694751739502, -122.435653686523

Paralleling Guadalupe Canyon Parkway, bear R again at second Y and cross creek

SBM004

Location: 37.6965484619141, -122.446815490723

After a 500-foot climb, rest and enjoy the cityscapes of Daly City and San Francisco visible to the N

SBM005

Location: 37.6893844604492, -122.441253662109

Straight through 4-way, continue up switchbacks
toward summit

SBM006

Location: 37.6888656616211, -122.43717956543

Cross road and continue straight through 4-way; bear L @ Y; strong winds likely ahead

SBM007

Location: 37.6903648376465, -122.43431854248

Climb past satellite dishes and head straight through 4-way @ San Bruno Mtn. summit

SBM008

Location: 37.6904335021973, -122.434616088867

Turn R onto windy Dairy Ravine Trail. Caution: Watch out for poison oak, which is thick here

SBM009

Location: 37.6927833557129, -122.4326171875

Turn R onto Eucalyptus Loop Trail; as trail flattens
out, look E for view of San Francisco Bay

SBM010

Location: 37.6950340270996, -122.433532714844

Bear R @ Y; turn R back onto sidewalk under overpass