Hikes Categorized by Distance and Time

NOTE: The distance cited here reflects the distance only for the specific trails hiked.
The time cited here reflects our personal hike time including photo and rest stops. Average hiking pace without stops is usually 2 miles/hour; 1.5 miles/hour if the incline is too steep.

2 to 4 miles (Up to 2-hour hikes)

Area Distance/
Time (hh:mm)
Elevation Gain Exposure Parking Fee/
Restroom
Features
Ed Levin County Park 2.18 mi
01:00
3000 ft Completely exposed PF: $6
R: Near the picnic area
*Grasslands
*Panoramic views
*Spring wildflowers
Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve 2.5 mi
01:15
440 ft Equal parts shaded and exposed PF: None
R: In the parking lot, next to the trailhead
*Mixed forest
*Panoramic views
*Spring wildflowers
Sierra Vista Open Space Preserve 2.85 mi
01:20
370 ft Completely exposed PF: None
R: None
*Grasslands
*Panoramic views
La Honda Creek Open Space Preserve (hike post) — Permit Required 3.30 mi
01:25
400 ft Equal parts shaded and exposed PF: None
R: None
*Grasslands
*Panoramic views
*Redwood/
Douglas fir forest
*Vista point
Edgewood County Park 3.70 mi
01:55
650 ft Equal parts shaded and exposed PF: None
R: A bit inside the park
*Grasslands
*Spring wildflowers
Alum Rock Park – South Rim Trail (hike post) 4.0 mi
02:00
686 ft Mostly shaded PF: $6
R: Close to all picnic areas and parking lots. One next to the Youth Science Institute.
*Creek
*Panoramic views
Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve 4.0 mi
03:00
640 ft Equal parts shaded and exposed PF: None
R: In the parking lot, next to the trailhead
*Mixed forest
*Panoramic views
*Spring wildflowers
The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park 4.0 mi
01:40
475 ft Completely shaded PF: None
R: Near the Porter Family Picnic Area
*Old growth redwood
*Redwood forest
*Waterfalls

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4 to 6 miles (Up to 3-hour hikes)

Area Distance/
Time (hh:mm)
Elevation Gain Exposure Parking Fee/
Restroom
Features
Huddart Park (hike post) 4.5 mi
01:30
890 ft Completely shaded PF: $6
R: Near the Zwierlein picnic area
*Mixed evergreen forest with redwoods and douglas fir firs
Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve (hike post) 4.6 mi
02:12
780 ft Equal parts shaded and exposed PF: None
R: At the Skyline Ridge parking lot and at the Russian Ridge parking lot
*Nature center
*Panoramic views
*Pond and lake
Los Trancos Open Space Preserve (hike post) 4.70 mi
01:45
1090 ft Mostly exposed PF: None
R: None here. There is one at the Monte Bello Open Space Preserve directly across the Page Mill Road.
*Oak forest
*Open meadow
*San Andreas Fault Trail
Alum Rock Park – North Rim Trail (hike post) 4.70 mi
02:30
1337 ft Completely exposed PF: $6
R: Close to all picnic areas and parking lots. One next to the Youth Science Institute.
*Panoramic views
Coyote Point Recreation Area (hike post) 4.80 mi Flat Completely exposed PF: None
R: Next to the Coyote Point Recreation Area parking lot, also one next to the Seal Point parking lot
*Bay view
Almaden Quicksilver County Park (hike post) 4.90 mi
02:12
980 ft Equal parts shaded and exposed PF: No parking lot, only street parking
R: A bit inside the park near the Mine Hill trailhead
*Grasslands
*Spring wildflowers
Stevens Creek County Park (hike post) 5.0 mi
02:00
740 ft Mostly exposed PF: None
R: Near the picnic areas around the reservoir
*Mixed forest
*Reservoir view
Castle Rock State Park -Skyline to the Sea Trail (hike post) 5.30 mi
02:25
1080 ft Completely shaded PF: None
R: At the Sempervirens Point
*Mixed forest
*Sandstone formations
Castle Rock State Park –
Saratoga Gap Trail (hike post)
5.5 mi
03:30
1700 ft Mostly shaded PF: $8
R: In the parking lot, next to the trailhead
*Panoramic views
*Sandstone formations
*Waterfall

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6 to 8 miles (Up to 4-hour hikes)

Area Distance/
Time (hh:mm)
Elevation Gain Exposure Parking Fee/
Restroom
Features
Lower Crystal Springs Reservoir (hike post) 6.00 mi
04:00
Flat Mostly exposed PF: None (street parking)
R: One at the entrance and another one a mile down the trail
*Reservoir view
Wunderlich County Park (hike post) 6.27 mi
02:30
1247 ft Equal parts shaded and exposed PF: None
R: Next to the parking lot
*Redwood, oak, and madrone forest
*Open meadows
*Creek
*Folger family ranch and stable
El Corte de Madera Creek Open Space Preserve (hike post) 6.40 mi
02:35
1375 ft Completely shaded PF: None
R: In the parking lot, next to the trailhead
*Old growth redwood
*Redwood/
Douglas fir forest
*Sandstone formations
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve (hike post) 6.50 mi
05:00 (should typically take 3.5 hours)
1400 ft Mostly exposed PF: None
R: In the parking lot, next to the trailhead and at the Backpack Camp
*Black Mountain summit
*Creekside woodland
*Grasslands
*Panoramic views
*Sag pond
Adobe Creek Loop Trail 6.80 mi
02:20
Flat Completely exposed PF: None
R: Shoreline Lake Boathouse
*Bay view
*Lake
*Sloughs
Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve (hike post) 7.00 mi
02:20
1060 ft Mostly shaded PF: None
R: Inside the preserve, next to the trailhead
*Redwood forest
*Creek
*Understory of ferns, berries, and wildflowers
Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve 7.10 mi
02:45
1029 ft Mostly shaded PF: None
R: Next to the main parking lot
*Animal farm
*Creek
*Meadow
*Panoramic views
Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve 7.22 mi
03:17
1945 ft Mostly shaded PF: None
R: Inside the preserve
*Reservoir view
*Woodlands
Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve (hike post) 7.30 mi
03:00
1280 ft Completely exposed PF: None
R: Next to the parking lot
*Borel Hill (highest point in San Mateo County)
*Grasslands
*Panoramic views
*Spring wildflowers
Lands End to Ghirardelli Square (hike post) 7.60 mi
03:30
516 ft Completely exposed PF: None if you take the BART to San Francisco
R: One public restroom next to the Lookout Cafe near Sutro Baths
*Bay view
*Golden Gate Bridge view
*Panoramic views
*San Francisco skyline views

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8 to 10 miles (Up to 5-hour hikes)

Area Distance/
Time (hh:mm)
Elevation Gain Exposure Parking Fee/
Restroom
Features
Big Basin Redwoods State Park (hike post) 8.70 mi
03:30
2287 ft Completely shaded PF: $10
R: Next to the Park Headquarters
*Redwood forest
*Waterfalls

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