Hiking near San Mateo, California

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Batteries to Bluffs Trail
Batteries to Bluffs Trail
San Francisco, California, United States (18.2 miles away)
 
Moderate: 0.7 miles, 1 hour or less
A short hike along the batteries and bluffs in the Presidio of San Francisco

This short trail provides a great way to see the bluffs near the Presidio and offers views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin that are hard to beat. The trail is marked moderate because there are several places with steps and some climbing if you decide to take the side trip down to Marshall Beach. The trail is pretty short, which allows for you...
Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail Exploration
Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail Exploration
San Mateo, California, United States (6.8 miles away)
 
Moderate: 10.0 miles, Half day
Although this trail is not open for walk-in use by the general public, volunteer trail leaders head trips 3x a week.

Local nature lovers can enjoy the rare opportunity to hike, bike, or ride their horses through pristine stands of old growth Douglas Fir, evergreen and fragrant coastal scrub while enjoying ridge-top vistas of our watershed lands, reservoirs, the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay. Although this trail is not open for walk-in use by the general public,...
Pulgas Water Temple Area Exploration
Pulgas Water Temple Area Exploration
Woodside, California, United States (5.5 miles away)
 
Easy: 2.1 miles, Half day
"I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people,"

The Pulgas Water Temple was built at the terminus of the Hetch Hetchy aqueduct as a monument to the new water system. It’s located within the watershed, just south of Crystal Springs reservoir. An inscription at the top reads, "I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people," a biblical quote from Isaiah. The...
Edgewood Park Serpentine Trail
Edgewood Park Serpentine Trail
Emerald Lake Hills, California, United States (6.7 miles away)
 
3.3 mile trail in Edgewood Park, California

Edgewood Park Serpentine Trail is about 3.3 miles long and located near Emerald Lake Hills, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours
Sweeney Ridge, Golden Gate NP Conservancy
Sweeney Ridge, Golden Gate NP Conservancy
Pacifica, California, United States (6.9 miles away)
 
Moderate: 3.0 miles, Half day
Explore the history of the Bay Area from atop Sweeney Ridge, or just come to admire the great coastal scenery.

Twelve hundred feet above the Pacific Ocean the Sweeney Ridge trail traverses the most northerly part of the Santa Cruz coastal range above the town of Pacifica. Up here you can explore the abandoned buildings of the 1950's Nike missile base or step further back in time and visit the spot where Gaspar de Portola first discovered the San Francisco...
Purisima Creek Redwoods
Purisima Creek Redwoods
Redwood City, California, United States (7.8 miles away)
 
Moderate: 7.0 miles, Half day
Open space preserve in the Midpeninsula region.

The preserve is located on the weestern slopes of the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking Half Moon Bay. The open space features not only redwoods, but ferns, wildflowers, coastal scrub, several babbling brooks which can grow to sizable creeks in the winter. The elevation can dips down almost 1600 ft from Skyline Blvd and depending on the route, some sections...
Harkins Ridge and Craig Britton Trail
Harkins Ridge and Craig Britton Trail
Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, California, United States (7.8 miles away)
Moderate: 10.4 miles, Full day
10.4 mile trail in Purisima Creek Redwoods OSP, California

This is a wonderful hike that usually takes no more than 4 hours.. There are terrific views from up top and nice redwoods along the way.
Bay Area Ridge Trail:  Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail
Bay Area Ridge Trail: Fifield-Cahill Ridge Trail
San Bruno, California, United States (8.8 miles away)
 
Moderate: 13.2 miles, Full day
A permit only section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail

This guide covers a 13 mile section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail.  It is a through hike that starts at the Sweeney Ridge Trailhead behind Skyline College and ends at Skyline Quarry near Hwy 92.  Elevation gained is about 2400' with 2800' lost.The Fifield-Cahill Ridge trail traverses coastal scrub and old growth douglas fir forests.  The majority...
Crystal Springs and Chinquapin Trails at Huddart County Park
Crystal Springs and Chinquapin Trails at Huddart County Park
Redwood Park, California, United States (8.7 miles away)
 
Moderate: 8.1 miles, Half day
This 8-mile hike explores the best features of Huddart County Park west of Woodside, Calif., and Silicon Valley

Combine two fine loops in one great hike on this eight-mile route at Huddart County Park west of Woodside. The abundance of redwood forests and mixed evergreens along this route is a stark contrast to the busy picnic areas of the poplar park and the massive sprawl of Silicon Valley just a few miles to the east. Trails on this hike: Dean Trail...
Dean Trail and Campground Trail - Huddart County Park
Dean Trail and Campground Trail - Huddart County Park
Huddart County Park, California, United States (8.6 miles away)
Moderate: 3.6 miles, 1-3 hours
Easy-to-moderate look hike provides a shady getaway from festivities at the popular park

Huddart County Park west of Woodside, Calif., has popular picnic areas that attract noisy crowds; fortunately the hoots of hollering kids fade into the tweets of singing birds within minutes of hitting the trails. Huddart has a nice mix of redwoods and mixed evergreen forests plus a few expanses of open chaparral. This hike has a just-right mix...
Miramontes Trail - Phleger Estate
Miramontes Trail - Phleger Estate
Woodside, California, United States (8.6 miles away)
6.2 mile trail near Woodside, California

Phleger Estate is a nice little hideway compared to the relatively busy Huddart Park, which is typically where you enter the estate. Park at the Zwierlin trialhead in Huddart Park and follow the Crystal Springs Trail down to the riverbed where you'll see signs leading you to Phleger, part of the GGNRA. Keep an eye out for exotic mushrooms in winter...
Mori Point and Sweeney Ridge Loop
Mori Point and Sweeney Ridge Loop
San Bruno, California, United States (9.1 miles away)
 
10.8 mile trail near San Bruno, California

Mori Point and Sweeney Ridge Loop is about 10.8 miles long and located near San Bruno, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 5-6 hours with breaks and photos. A nice trek along the Ridge and then down to the coast and looping back up to the Ridge.  Awesome views. Up Sweeney Ridge Tr, R on Mori Ridge Tr, carefully cross Hwy...
San Pedro Valley County Park, Pacifica
Easy: 2.3 miles, Half day
Enjoy the many trails in the unspoilt hills and valleys of this great Pacifica park.

Pacifica’s reputation for fog may be well deserved, but the little coastal town on the San Francisco peninsula still basks in the sun throughout much of the year. Coupled with the fact that San Pedro Valley County Park is nestled in the sheltered hillside next to Montara Mountain means that this area gets more than its fair share of good weather. The...
San Bruno Mountain, Ridge Trail and Summit Loop
San Bruno Mountain, Ridge Trail and Summit Loop
South San Francisco, California, United States (9.4 miles away)
 
Moderate: 3.5 miles, Half day
Hike the popular wilderness preserve on this great San Francisco Peninsula hike.

Looming large over San Francisco and the northern peninsula, the wilderness preserve of San Bruno Mountain state and county park is home to several rare and endangered species of flora, fauna and wildlife, including the elfin butterfly. Our guide focuses on two popular hikes. The 3½ mile Summit Loop trail takes a counter-clockwise route around...
Purisima Creek - Whittmore Gulch
Purisima Creek - Whittmore Gulch
Halfmoon Bay, California, United States (9.0 miles away)
10.5 mile trail near Halfmoon Bay, California

Purisima Creek - Whittmore Gulch hike is about 10.5 miles long and located near Half Moon Bay, California. The trail is a moderate hike and can take about half a day. This is a slightly longer version of the popular Purisima Redwood Preserve area hike and starts on the eastern trailhead on the coastal side. The trail begins at the point where 3...
Mori Point. Golden Gate NP Conservancy
Mori Point. Golden Gate NP Conservancy
Pacifica, California, United States (9.8 miles away)
 
Easy: 2.0 miles, 1-3 hours
Short coastal bluff hike with outstanding views and wildflowers.

Just a short distance down the coast from the city of San Francisco, Pacifica is where the concrete truly ends and gives way to green hills and dramatic coastal scenery. Mori Point is a great place enjoy a sunset, do a spot of whale watching or simply enjoy the waves of the Pacific Coast washing up onto the shores. Remember to check out the ridgeline...
Phleger Estate via Skyline Boulevard trailhead
Phleger Estate via Skyline Boulevard trailhead
Phleger Estate, California, United States (9.3 miles away)
Moderate: 6.8 miles, Half day
Best way to see a luscious - and little-known - redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains west of Silicon Valley

Phleger Estate is a gorgeous swath of second-growth redwoods in the Santa Cruz Mountains just west of Silicon Valley. It's a remote section of Golden Gate National Recreation Area that gets few visitors, making it a prime getaway if you need a break from civilization. This route starts on Skyline Boulevard, AKA Highway 35. Parking is free in...
Pedro Point Headlands, Pacifica
Pedro Point Headlands, Pacifica
Pacifica, California, United States (10.0 miles away)
 
Moderate: 2.5 miles, 1-3 hours
Secret little coastal hike with unparalleled views of the San Francisco peninsula shoreline.

An area of outstanding coastline and natural habitat of several endangered species, the Pedro Point Headlands tower above Linda Mar beach and the southern most point of Pacifica. Now publicly owned, these lands are slowly recovering from dirt-bike use and are gradually being nursed back to health with plans to eventually open series of official trails. Not...
Montara Mountain, McNee Ranch State Park
Montara Mountain, McNee Ranch State Park
Montara, California, United States (10.3 miles away)
 
Moderate: 7.0 miles, Half day
Overlook pristine coastal landscapes from a mountain top that’s just a short drive from San Francisco.

If you’re looking for sun along the fog-bound San Francisco peninsula coastline, then Montara Mountain is the place to head for. Rising almost 2,000 feet above the beaches of Pacifica, here is where the sun often breaks through the clouds. Even when the sun continues to hide, there’s still a chance that by the time you hike to the summit you’ll...
Hike Around Bald Knob
Hike Around Bald Knob
Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, California, United States (9.8 miles away)
Easy: 5.8 miles, 1-3 hours
5.8 mile trail near Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve

A Sunny Spring Hike Around Bald Knob is about 5.8 miles long and located near Grabtown, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 1-3 hours. I did this hike last August while the Lockheed fire raged around Bonny Doon. The resulting view was hazy at best, and downright unseamly at worst. Today was a different story, however. It...
Mavericks Cliffs Trail
Mavericks Cliffs Trail
Half Moon Bay, California, United States (10.3 miles away)
 
Easy: 2.5 miles, 1 hour or less
A short hike along the Mavericks cliffs at one of the most famous surfing spots in the world

This hike is an easy walk along the cliffs overlooking Mavericks surf spot, famous for its (often deadly) surf competitions. You will have nice views of the water below from the cliffs with very little elevation change after the first small climb. If you are up for it, you can continue along the harbor towards the rock pier where you may see seals...
Bear Gulch and Alambique Trails, Wunderlich County Park
Bear Gulch and Alambique Trails, Wunderlich County Park
Searsville (historical), California, United States (11.1 miles away)
 
Difficult: 8.7 miles, Half day
Towering redwoods and eye-opening vistas make this hike a great escape from the stress of Silicon Valley.

This hike at Wunderlich County Park takes you through some of the most common ecosystems in the South Bay: second-growth redwood, oak, madrone and open meadows. The park, just outside of Woodside on the west side of Silicon Valley, draws crowds on the weekends, and it can be hard to find a parking spot. That's why I recommend taking a day off from...
Bayview and Red Hill Trails at Coyote Hills Regional Park
Bayview and Red Hill Trails at Coyote Hills Regional Park
Coyote Hills Regional Park, California, United States (12.9 miles away)
Easy: 5.9 miles, 1-3 hours
Gentle climbs, scenic bay views and traces of American Indian heritage await at the west edge of Fremont, California

Coyote Hills Regional Park is a great place to introduce a friend to hiking: scenic and steep enough to warm somebody to the idea of nice days walking on dirt. If the modest hills overlooking San Francisco Bay force you to work up a sweat on the way up the Red Hill Trail, you can cool down by walking the wide gravel Bayview Trail along water's edge....
The Stanford Dish Hike
The Stanford Dish Hike
Stanford, California, United States (13.9 miles away)
 
Moderate: 4.0 miles, 1 hour or less
A scenic 4-mile loop on steep, paved trails with great views on Stanford University and the San Francisco Bay.

The Stanford Dish loop is a popular route for Stanford University students as well as Silicon Valley professionals. Its steep paved trail is suitable for running, walking, and hiking. Bicycles are not allowed. Opening hours vary depending on the month of the year: January 6:30 AM-5:30 PM February 6:30 AM-6 PM March 6 AM-6:30 PM April 6 AM-8 PM May...
Arastradero Preserve Redtail Loop Trail
Arastradero Preserve Redtail Loop Trail
Stanford, California, United States (14.7 miles away)
 
Easy: 1.3 miles, 1 hour or less
Nice 1.4 mile trail for a quick hike with kids. Also suitable as an extension to other trails in Arastradero.

Arastradero Park offers nice trails for hiking, mountain biking and horse back riding. This guide describes the Redtail Loop Trail, which is the only trail on this site of Arastradero Road. The majority of trails is at the other site of the road. The Redtail loop is a short, 1.4 mile trail that provides an achievable goal for little kids. It has...
Windy Hill South Loop
Windy Hill South Loop
Portola Valley, California, United States (14.6 miles away)
 
Moderate: 8.0 miles, Half day
A nice quick escape for Peninsula hikers in need of a fix and a good workout.

This is a good hike to knock out if you're short on time, live in the area and don't want to waste time driving. You still get great scenery, a bit of wildlife, moody weather, and more and yet you can launch just outside of Portola Valley. But on the flip-side you'll see a lot of people and hear some road noise once you near Skyline. Last time I...
Presidio Bay Area Ridge Trail
Presidio Bay Area Ridge Trail
San Francisco, California, United States (17.4 miles away)
 
Easy: 2.8 miles, 1-3 hours
A 2.5-mile section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail through the woods with some great viewpoints in the Presidio

The entire bay area ridge trail is about 510 miles long and circles the entire bay. This short section winds through San Francisco's Presidio District and has some great views of the bay as well as nice walks through large trees. Near the middle you can take a detour to the National Cemetery Overlook with views of the bay and the golden gate bridge. The...
Presidio Ecology Trail
Presidio Ecology Trail
San Francisco, California, United States (17.3 miles away)
 
Easy: 1.7 miles, 1 hour or less
A short hike through the woods with a small detour to Inspiration Point with views of the Bay and Alcatraz

The United States Army created this trail in 1980 so that San Francisco residents could walk through the woods near their homes. Parts of this trail are through open grass areas while other ares are through more densely wooded areas, and there are a few short detours to picnic areas and Inspiration Point with views of the Presidio, the bay (including...
Black Mountain from Rhus Ridge, Rancho San Antonio
Black Mountain from Rhus Ridge, Rancho San Antonio
Los Altos Hills, California, United States (17.8 miles away)
 
Difficult: 9.8 miles, Full day
Great hike from Los Altos Hills, towering 2812' over Silicon Valley.

Towering over Silicon Valley, waaaay back to the rear of Rancho San Antonio, lies 2812' Black Mountain. Starting at the little-known Rhus Ridge parking lot, you can enjoy a healthy workout and a grand panoramic view of Silicon Valley! The unusual snow picture was taken in December 2008. Your hike is much more likely to be sunny and dry! Other...
Find Nature at Lands End
Find Nature at Lands End
San Francisco, California, United States (18.1 miles away)
 
Easy: 3.4 miles, 1-3 hours
The wildest, rockiest corner of San Francisco is a land of rich history and spectacular nature

Lands End is the wildest, rockiest corner of San Francisco, a corner strewn with shipwrecks and a history of landslides. At the tip of Lands End is Point Lobos, named by the Spanish for its many lobos marinos (sea wolves); the barks of those sea lions, as they are called today, drifted up from the rocks below. The sea lions have since relocated to the...
California Coastal Trail - San Francisco
California Coastal Trail - San Francisco
San Francisco, California, United States (18.1 miles away)
 
Easy: 8.9 miles, Half day
Hike along the Coastal Trail from the Cliff House at Lands End to the Golden Gate Bridge

This section of the California Coastal Trail runs from the Cliff House near the Sutro Baths all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge and passes many landmarks including Baker Beach, the Seacliff area, Marshall Beach, and the Batteries to Bluffs Trail. This area of San Francisco is unknown to so many residents, even though it is one of the most beautiful...
Long loop at Hidden Villa
Long loop at Hidden Villa
Los Altos Hills, California, United States (17.9 miles away)
Difficult: 8.1 miles, Half day

Hidden Villa is a educational organization that uses a farm to teach about the environment and social justice.  While the main entrance is the starting place for most hikes, this hike starts at the small Rhus Ridge Rd parking lot (8-10 cars and no facilities). The traihead here is about 1.25 miles from the main entrance. This hike is 8.3 miles with...
Crissy Field Exploration
Crissy Field Exploration
San Francisco, California, United States (18.1 miles away)
 
Easy: 1.3 miles, 1-3 hours
Crissy Field's 100 acres of wild, windswept shoreline are a favorite place for recreation and enjoying wildlife.

Crissy Field is a stunning park site within the Golden Gate National Parks. Crissy Field's 100 acres of wild, windswept shoreline are a favorite place for walkers, joggers, boardsailors, bicyclists, thousands of birds and the occasional seal. Originally a rich salt marsh and gathering ground for native people, Crissy Field was later the landing site...
Alpine Pond at Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
Alpine Pond at Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve
Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, California, United States (18.7 miles away)
 
Easy: 2.4 miles, 1-3 hours
Get your nature fix and add a short hike at this bucolic pond in the Santa Cruz Mountains south of San Francisco.

Alpine Pond is one of the prettiest places in the string of open-space preserves along Highway 35, also known as Skyline Boulevard. That's saying something, given the abundant beauty in this stretch of the Santa Cruz Mountains between Santa Cruz and San Francisco. A nature center looks out over the lake. While it's possible to hike more than...
San Andreas Fault Trail Exploration
San Andreas Fault Trail Exploration
Vista Verde, California, United States (18.2 miles away)
Moderate: 1.1 miles, 1-3 hours
The San Andreas Fault runs nearly the length of the state. See it up close and personal.

Most Bay Area residents have felt the earth move—quite literally. You probably know that the San Andreas Fault runs nearly the length of the state. But did you know that you can see the fault for yourself? As you follow the lines of posts that mark the various fault breaks in the Los Trancos Open Space Preserve, you can find out what's happening...
Monte Bello Crossover
Monte Bello Crossover
Los Altos, California, United States (18.3 miles away)
Moderate: 11.2 miles, Full day
Multiple viewpoint loop hike along Skyline

This hike passes through 4 different Midpenninsula open space preserves. Monte Bello, Skyline Ridge, Russian Ridge, and Coal Creek. Along the way you will get some of the best long range views available on the penninsula, weather permitting. Begining in Monte Bello, you hike the easy route to the summit of Black Mountain via the Canyon and Bella Vista...
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, California, United States (18.3 miles away)
Moderate: 5.3 miles, 1-3 hours
A moderate 5.3 mile loop with a 900-foot climb. A great springtime wildflower hike!

Spring in the Silicon Valley is an amazing time! The hillsides turn vibrant green and wildflowers sprout up everywhere! Only 20 minutes off Interstate 280, Monte Verde Open Space Preserve is a great place to view wildflowers! Directly from the parking lot, we started on the Stevens Creek Nature Trail, expecting to meet up with the White Oak Trail...
Alpine Pond
Alpine Pond
La Honda, California, United States (18.8 miles away)
 
Easy: 0.3 miles, 1 hour or less
A family-friendly audio guide to a wildlife mecca in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

MROSD docent program manager Renee Fitzsimons and docent Sharon Thomas lead a 0.3-mile-long hike around Alpine Pond. Along the way, they explain where to look for brush rabbits, cormorants, crayfish, banana slugs, and pond turtles. They even make the shrubbery interesting, with stories about age-old human uses of cattails, willow, and oaks.
Alpine Pond (Spanish)
Alpine Pond (Spanish)
La Honda, California, United States (18.8 miles away)
Easy: 0.3 miles, 1 hour or less
A family-friendly audio guide to a wildlife mecca in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

MROSD docent program manager Renee Fitzsimons and docent Sharon Thomas lead a 0.3-mile-long hike around Alpine Pond. Along the way, they explain where to look for brush rabbits, cormorants, crayfish, banana slugs, and pond turtles. They even make the shrubbery interesting, with stories about age-old human uses of cattails, willow, and oaks. The audio...
French Trail Loop - Redwood Regional Park
French Trail Loop - Redwood Regional Park
Redwood Regional Park, California, United States (19.4 miles away)
 
An East Bay Beauty - creeks, ravines, and lots of redwoods. 7.9 miles near Oakland, California

The French Trail Loop is about 7.9 miles long and located near Oakland, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day. We parked at the Canyon Meadow Staging Area off of Redwood Rd near the intersection of Pinehurst Rd. Start off on the paved road running past the bathrooms (visible from the lot) and continue on the pavement...