Shu Uesugi

Hiking Trails I've Been on in San Francisco Bay Area

(Updated 5/3/14)

This post is an ongoing collection of SF Bay Area hiking courses I’ve tried. I was too lazy to write long reviews on Yelp.

East Bay

  • Mission Peak Regional Preserve — 5.6 miles, moderately tough

    ★★★★☆ — First went in Sprig 2013. Better with friends. Easy parking at Ohlone College. Portable Toilet at Parking.

Mid-Peninsula

  • San Bruno Mountain State and County Park — 3.5 miles, easy

    ★★☆☆☆ — First went in Winter 2014. Very close to SFO. Great view of Daly City. Easy parking. Didn’t find a toilet.

  • Edgewood Park and Reserve — 4.2 miles, easy

    ★★★☆☆ — First went in Spring 2014. Limited parking but clean restooms. A refreshing hike.

  • Rancho San Antonio County Park — 5.5 miles, easy

    ★★☆☆☆ — First went in Winter 2014. Had to quit in the middle b/c I went late. Lots of parking but they’re always full. Clean restooms.

  • Windy Hill Open Space Preserve — 7.2 miles, moderately tough

    ★★★☆☆ — First went in Spring 2014. It’s a lot like Mission Peak, but much less traffic and mostly shaded on the way up. Great view from the top. Restrooms both at the beginning and near the peak.

Santa Cruz Mountain

  • Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve — 7.0 miles, moderately tough

    ★★★★☆ — First went in Spring 2014. Amazing view and great redwoods. You’ll get to see the creek too. Descend on Harkins Ridge and ascend on Whittemore Gulch. Restrooms near the parking lot and at the bottom of Harkins Ridge.

  • Castle Rock State Park — 5.5 miles, moderate

    ★★★★★ — First went in Winter 2013. A beautiful hike. Parking is ok. Pit toilet.

  • Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve — 3.5 miles, easy

    ★★★☆☆ — First went in Summer 2013. Parking is ok. Pretty hike. There was a restoom but forgot what it was like. Recommended for people out of shape.

  • Portrola Redwoods State Park — 7.4 miles, moderate

    ★★★☆☆ — First went in Summer 2013. Impressive rewdoods. Easy parking, clean restooms.

  • Big Basin Redwoods State Park — 11 miles, strenuous

    ★★★★★ — First went in Spring 2013. Amazing redwoods and waterfalls. A must-do hike. Did it in 4 hours but my legs died. Lots of parking and clean restrooms.

South of San Jose

  • Uvas Canyon County Park — 3.2 miles, moderate-easy

    ★★★★☆ — First went in Spring 2014. Beautiful waterfalls. Parking is ok. Clean restrooms.

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