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blue Summit Loop Trail

Trail

3.2 mile 5.2 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 665' 203 m
Descent: -653' -199 m
High: 1,205' 367 m
Low: 540' 165 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)

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Trail shared by Derek Gulbranson

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

Derek Gulbranson

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Family Friendly Older kids should have no problem tackling this trail.

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 hike 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.

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Jun 23, 2019
Sandy Soriano
Lots of narrow trails. Need pants for this. Not too taxing. 3.5mi
Mar 23, 2019
Suzi Scott-Cusimano
Jan 21, 2019
A M
4mi
Nov 25, 2018
david g
Jun 26, 2018
James Butler
3.2mi
Jun 26, 2018
Marc Daniel
With Luma and James
Jun 24, 2018
D C
3.2mi
Dec 11, 2017
Brad Leger
3.2mi

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