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Summit Loop Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (6)

This long loop trail takes you up to the top of San Bruno Mountain and back down.


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Map Key

3.2

Miles

5.2

KM

84%

Runnable

1,205' 367 m

High

540' 165 m

Low

665' 203 m

Up

653' 199 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

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Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Description

The Summit Loop Trail starts and ends at the trailhead parking lot, which is located on the southeast side of Guadalupe Canyon Parkway, and can only be reached by car from the main park entrance.

From the trailhead, it is recommended that you begin by heading west along April Brook where you'll enjoy diverse riparian plant communities and cross three different foot bridges.

After the last bridge crossing, you'll start to climb up Bitter Cherry Ridge into savannah grasslands dotted with wildflowers and coastal scrub. From this point on, you'll be rewarded by stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the Peninsula Watershed until you reach the summit at 1,314 feet.

At the top of the summit, enjoy the panoramic views of the entire Bay Area that make San Bruno Mountain one of the most unique places to run in the Bay. The trail crosses Radio Road and continues eastward, snaking through Kamchatka rock outcrops and the junctions with the Dairy Ravine Trail and Eucalyptus Loop Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Enjoy diverse riparian plant communities, savannah grasslands dotted with wildflowers, coastal scrub, and some poison oak.

Contacts

Shared By:

Derek Gulbranson

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Photos

View of the bay and SF, near the summit
Jan 20, 2020 near Colma, CA
Wildflowers growing along the trail
Jul 23, 2017 near Daly City, CA
View of the Golden Gate
Jul 23, 2017 near Colma, CA

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Nov 2, 2019
dietrich ayala
missed trail turn off somehow
Nov 18, 2017
Wendy Paez