San Francisco: Table Mountain Loop

This brisk 5.2-miler loops through shaded gullies to the famously photogenic foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains.
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This brisk 5.2-miler loops through shaded gullies to the famously photogenic foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 7.7

Waypoints

TML001

Location: 37.2696838378906, -122.14136505127

Wind E downhill on connector spur of Bay Area Ridge Trail under shade of black oaks, madrones, CA bays

TML002

Location: 37.269115447998, -122.137130737305

L @ 4-way through deep sand pit, locally dubbed "the sandbox"

TML003

Location: 37.2694511413574, -122.13680267334

R @ Y onto Charcoal Road, heading N along steadily rising crest

TML004

Location: 37.2750663757324, -122.134452819824

Views SE toward Mt. Hamilton and the green­belts of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

TML005

Location: 37.2786483764648, -122.132316589355

L @ T; begin sometimes-steep descent through Douglas oaks, manzanitas

TML006

Location: 37.2848510742188, -122.13355255127

L @ T onto Table Mtn. Fire Rd. under redwoods

TML007

Location: 37.2870826721191, -122.137619018555

R @ Y to loop around N end of Table Mtn.'s broad crown

TML008

Location: 37.2881317138672, -122.139053344727

Continue straight

TML009

Location: 37.2872657775879, -122.138786315918

R @ Y onto Table Mtn. Trail

TML010

Location: 37.283016204834, -122.132766723633

Intersect creeklet and begin 600-ft. ascent on shaded switchbacks

TML011

Location: 37.2783508300781, -122.138465881348

Climb's big payoff: views E over Monte Bello Ridge, SF Bay, and rugged creases of Santa Cruz Mtns. to SE

TML012

Location: 37.2706985473633, -122.137496948242

Bear R @ Y back on Charcoal Rd.; return S to WPT 3; retrace to car