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.

Tags

Photography
Hiking
Dog Friendly
Forest

Details

1.8 Miles
Loop Trail

Stay Nearby

Petaluma, California

San Francisco North / Petaluma KOA

Napa, California

Blue Rock Springs

From $125/night

Pescadero, California

Santa Cruz North / Costanoa KOA

Ben Lomond, California

Serene Redwood Retreat

From $120/night

Tours

More Tours

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating: 

Do it on a mountain bike for extra fun!

It's more beautiful and ethereal when it's foggy!

Love hiking in Sutro Forest! The hike is equally beautiful on both sunny and foggy days. On sunny days, you can see peek-a-boo views of GG Bridge and the ocean. On foggy days, you won't see many panoramic view - but the forest takes on a majestic quality as the trees disappear in the fog. The hike is very dog friendly, but watch out because I have seen coyotes in the forest. And on very foggy days, or after light rain - make sure to wear shoes you don't like, because they will get quite muggy! There are multiple entrances into the forest, but the easiest is around Stanyan and 17th street. It's a residential street, but you'll see a sign with stairs up into the forest. The historic trail is pretty flat if you do not want much elevation gain.