Summit Loop Trail is a hiking and horse trail in San Mateo County, California. It is within San Bruno Mountain State and County Park. It is 3.2 miles long and begins at 1,170 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 862 feet. The KQED-FM (San Francisco) (elevation 1,207 feet), KSAN-FM (San Francisco) (elevation 1,214 feet), and KMEL-FM (San Francisco) (elevation 1,198 feet) towers can be seen along the trail. There are also woods and a communication tower along the trail.
Summit Loop Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"From the summit of San Bruno Mountain, panoramic views radiate in all directions, with the San Francisco skyline shimmering to the north."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourré, Hiking Through History San Francisco Bay Area (Falcon Guides).
"The radio towers on 1314-foot San Bruno Mountain are a common sight for Bay Area residents both during the day and at night. While you can drive to the top of the mountain, I think it’s much more satisfying to get to the summit on your own two feet. There is signi?cant elevation gain on this hike, but the route is pretty short, so it should be achievable for most. This is a straightforward uphill climb to the top, and it’s packed with fantastic views. Looking north, you’ll be able to see the ocean, the bay, and the city in between. To the south, the peninsula unfolds beneath you."
--Alexandra Kenin , Urban Trails San Francisco (The Mountaineers Books).
"On a clear day, panoramic vistas radiate from the flanks of San Bruno Mountain like the glow from the tip of a sparkler. The big bang is the San Francisco skyline, rising white and lively to the north. The views on a clear day from the uppermost reaches of San Bruno Mountain are among the best I’ve ever seen, spinning in all directions toward sister peaks that boast their own great panoramas—Mount Tamalpais in the north, Mount Diablo to the east, and Montara Mountain to the south. But say the fog rolls in—a soggy parka that San Bruno Mountain and its surroundings wear with great regularity. When socked in by grayness, attention turns downward and inward. Trails on the mountain become routes for the hiker attentive to tiny blooms and little brown birds flicking into and out of the rich bouquet of coastal scrub that crowds the trail’s edge. The scrub includes several varieties of uncommon or endangered manzanita and wildflowers, fragrant sage and other herbs, and prickly blackberries."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco Peninsula (Falcon Guides).
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