Hike Mt. Sutro Open Space Reserve

1.8 Miles Round Trip - Loop Trail

Mt. Sutro's Fairy Gates Trail - Search Nearby - Added by Julien Bacal

This can be done as a loop with many easy variations. A lush hike hidden in the heart of SF for a quick post-work nature fix.

The Mount Sutro Open Space hike is one of those gems that's just hiding in plain site. Most people live in San Francisco for years without ever knowing this hike even exists - which is totally fine with us. This 1.8 mile loop is an easy, quick way to get back in touch with nature after a long day. As you'll see once you begin making your way towards to top, there are many different paths you can explore This is also a popular trail for mountain bikers in the know, so keep an eye out to avoid collisions.

This hike is walking distance from SF MUNI as well.

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Forest

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1.8 Miles
Loop Trail

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Sausalito, California

Bicentennial Campground

Point Reyes Station, California

Point Reyes National Seashore Campground

Petaluma, California

San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA

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Big Fun In Small package

Sutro is great, considering its smack dab in the middle of an urban landscape. Perfect for those who have a busy 9-5 but want to sneak in some outdoor time to bookend their work day. Be sure to watch for cyclists as these are multi use trails. Also a nice bonus is that these woods have very little vagrant presence compared to some other wooded areas of the city.

Great dog walk

This is a terrific spot to take dogs for a walk. I agree with the poster that it is a quick easy escape in the city.

this is a serious hidden gem in SF! not too many people are aware that there is a full on forest in the city. the staircase on the west side of the preserve is a great way to jump start your heart rate for a nice trail run to the top of mt. sutro. still haven't busted out the MTB on these trails but definitely will sometime.