San Bruno Mountain. Big, green and beautiful…. you’ve probably never been there. The great views, empty hiking trails and misty retreats make this one of my favorite spots to clear my head. Located at the Gateway to the Peninsula [Daly City] easy to reach from 101 through Brisbane, near the Cow Palace or from 280 – Mission St. exit and head east toward the Mountain. Get there and enjoy. There are endangered plants and a butterfly in this area,. Picnic tables lawn area, easy parking and big changes in elevation. A jacket and water are recommended!
This mountain is host to several endanjgered species, the Mission Blue butterfly is one of them, it only feasts on lupines, and so its habitat is dwindling with additional development. This little butterfly struggles to survive, being a picky eater and quite small.
*Please bring water, wear shoes or boots with sturdy soles and gripping tread. For more information on San Bruno Mountain, the ecosystem, events and local hikes, check in with the SAN BRUNO MOUNTAIN WATCH.
PLEASE NOTE: there is a $6 parking fee at this park. Bring cash to put in an envelope in case the ranger is not there. We need to pay even if the kiosk is unattended.
It’s not in San Bruno, (its bounded by Daly City, Brisbane and South SF) however, let’s get acquainted with this great area!
Come join us on a Saturday morning hike in the San Bruno Mountain State Park!
This 3.5 mile is a very nice climb, however, several sections are steep.
San Bruno Mountain, is the largest open space area in San Mateo Ccunty.
The trail surface is dirt, and the trails are exposed with a few groves of Eucalyptus along the way. This beautiful mountain may have patches of fog, which often burn off as we hike. It may be windy, so dress in layers.
Water, snacks, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
It’s sweltering hot everywhere, but this beautiful mountain still has some mist and a view of the ocean. It is a mountain with history, beloved by hikers, and such a great view of SF and the bay area spreading out at your feet. panoramic There are views of the ocean, the Marin headlands, downtown SF, and San Francisco Bay every step is worth it, feeling like you are on top of the world is absolutely priceless.
And while you are thinking about this great expanse of open space — rent the classic movie BULLITT with Steve McQueen, guess where they have the last crazy car chase? — Guadalupe Canyon Parkway… over San Bruno Mountain. –editor