San Francisco, CA

South San Francisco: Candlestick Point, McLaren Park, Bay Trail, San Bruno Mountain

San Bruno Mtn. Flickr mliu92

There are some great running options in the South San Francisco, the area between I-280 and San Francisco International Airport. Our recommendations:

Candlestick Point: Eric Fredericks

Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. A picturesque waterfront state recreation area, with numerous trails. Also a popular fishing spot. The main paved trail along the water, with great views of San Francisco Bay, is 2.7 miles.  ROUTE MAP

McLaren Park: ejbSF

John McLaren Park. A 312-acre park featuring 7 miles of walking trails. There’s also a pool!  This is a great spot to get in a little hill work. A loop of the perimeter paths is 2.2-2.5 miles. The climb is from the east end near Highway 101 to the west end near the Reservoir. There are numerous access points.  ROUTE MAP – Perimeter

San Bruno Mountain State Park. Trail runners and/or those seeking a hill climb will be rewarded with fantastic views from the summit of San Bruno Mountain. This is a steep, challenging climb. The shorter, paved option is from the Crocker Gate Trail Head off Crocker Ave. — it’s a 2.8 mile climb to the summit, 674 feet, average grade 3.4%. ROUTE MAP  The longer way is the Ridge Trail from Firth Park at the east end of the mountain — 3.1 miles and a 953 foot gain, average grade 5%. ROUTE MAP.  There are numerous additional trail, including a ‘summit loop’ trail.   It’s also possible to drive to the top of the mountain.

San Francisco Bay Trail. There’s a nice section of the San Francisco Bay Trail in Brisbane. The paved multi-use path runs for 6.6 miles from Sierra Point, around Oyster Point to Point San Bruno, to San Bruno Canal. Great Bay views the whole way. After a few mile gap interrupted by SFO, the Bay Trail picks up again at Bayfront Park and runs for 9 miles south to the San Mateo Bridge. ROUTE MAP: North of SFO.  ROUTE MAP: South of SFO    Full route info

South of here, see our Silicon Valley Running Guide.

Silicon Valley (south of SFO) Running Guide

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