Hiking Program

Summit trail. (K. McIntire, 2007)Hiking San Bruno Mountain gives people the chance to experience the natural resources and wonders of the mountain and stimulates further exploration.  Our hikes encourage people to come back to learn and explore more. It is our hope that once introduced to San Bruno Mountain, hikers will become advocates for the mountain and participate with us in our other programs.

San Bruno Mountain Watch regularly leads hikes on the first, third and fourth Saturdays of each month. These hikes are rated 2B by the Sierra Club (less than 6 miles long, 1000+ft. elevation gain.)  We typically go at a moderate pace with many stops. The terrain can be steep at times, but we're never on a forced march. Walking poles can be very useful, and you will get some exercise!

Bring water, sun protection, and a snack or lunch. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants, and layered clothing.

Cancellation policy: Heavy rain cancels.

Cost: We offer these regular hikes for free, and welcome donations.

More information: email info@mountainwatch.org

The first and third Saturday of each month is the Canyon Hike:
Explore two of San Bruno Mountain's less-traveled canyons and learn about the history and ecology of this "Island of Biodiversity" that E. O. Wilson has identified as one of 18 biodiversity hotspots on the planet. The hike is on narrow footpaths surrounded by coastal scrub, riparian woodland and coastal grassland. The hike includes a visit to an Ohlone Indian shellmound. Ohlone history is emphasized along with the ecology and modern history of San Bruno Mountain.

The fourth Saturday each month is the Founder's Hike:
David Schooley, founder of San Bruno Mountain Watch, leads hikes on the 4th Saturday of each month. David has devoted most of his life to preserving the mountain and sharing it with others through his tireless work leading hikes, speaking, and organizing. His deep knowledge of the mountain and his love of nature will touch those who hike with him. These are special hikes and space is limited. You must SIGN UP IN ADVANCE for this hike. Please complete a sign-up form or call 415-467-6631.

All hikers meet at our office, 44 Visitacion Ave, Suite 206, Brisbane, CA 94005, unless a hike description specifies otherwise (as for some hikes in our Spring Hikes series). We leave at 10 am, and return by about 1:30 pm. Directions to San Bruno Mountain Watch office in Brisbane.

Hike destinations and durations really depend on the abilities and desires of the folks who show up. We can accommodate all ages and abilities, though we may need to make special arrangements for some visitors — just let us know.