Finally had the chance to climb up to San Bruno Mountain. It's definitely a great view, especially on a clear day. It's also a good, short hike that will get your heart pounding and work your lungs and legs. The trail is steep and rocky in places.
Along the way I passed grassy areas and wooded areas. There were some rock outcroppings to look at and play on. The trail along the ridge was surrounded by brush about 4 feet tall. I heard lots of birds, but didn't see many.
I parked at the school on the South side of the park and took the trail from the gate that was close. The school is on Hillside, right behind Sign Hill. The trail is easy to see and easy to stay on. The climb is about 700 feet (according to my GPS) to the ridge and another 300 to the peak. Because the ridge trail goes up and down a little, my overall gain was 1300 feet (round trip). Overall distance was about 3 miles.
At the top I found a large parking area with ONE car. It's amazing to think that a place with such a densely populated surrounding area has very few visitors, even when you can drive all the way to the top. To drive to the top you have to enter from Guadalupe Canyon and pay at the entrance. You can also hike up from that area.
There are a number of trails on this park, so when I go back I'll try another one.
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