OLLI Hikers, Oct 15, 11am, Thu San Bruno Mountain Nature Walk
4.5 mile hike with 666 ft. elevation.
Meet at the Crocker Gate of San Bruno Mountain Park, just over the SF line into Daly City. Ample street parking, but no discernible public transportation. If taking BART, I can pick up some folks at the Balboa BART station. Please RSVP to email@example.com so we know how many and who to expect. Email me if you need a ride from BART.
If you're driving, from 280 take the Ocean/Geneva exit and go up Geneva Ave. It’s about a 10 minute drive from the exit (or from BART.) Take a right at Moscow (or Prague) which will wind upward to South Hill Blvd, past the “houses made of ticky-tacky” that Malvina Reynolds sang about. At the top of the hill make a right onto Crocker Ave. and park.
Meet at the hiker’s turnstile at this entrance to the park. There are usually lots of blackberries in the fall, so slip a plastic bag in your backpack. Or blackberries may be past their peak. Much of the trail is unshaded, but can be windy on the bay side, so a hat with ties is a good idea. The total hike is 4.5 miles with 666 ft. elevation, but can be an easier 3 mile hike if you chose not to do the mountain loop, but relax at the picnic area.
From the Crocker Gate trailhead where we meet, we go on the Old Guadalupe Trail for .4 miles to the Bog Trail on the right, and in another .4 mile return to the Old Guadalupe Trail near the picnic area, which has bathrooms, water, tables. Here’s where we can cross under the road to see the demonstration garden and walk a bit up San Bruno Mountain.
Back at the picnic area we go left onto the Saddle Loop Trail. This winds up and around with great views of the Bay and the City. Saddle Loop takes us back to the Old Guadalupe Trail, and the Crocker Gate. Probably take 2 ½ hours. Consider bringing a snack.
For lunch we can drive down to the Beijing Restaurant near the Balboa BART, at 1801 Alemany Blvd (at Ocean Ave.) for SF”s “most authentic Beijing cuisine."