Top Millbrae and San Bruno Trails

In Millbrae and San Bruno, we are blessed in terms of convenience and location. Everything is nearby. Growing up here, you probably got used to easy 5-minute trips to S.F.O., 25 minutes to majestic San Francisco by-the-bay, and just beyond 1 hour to relaxing Napa Valley wine country. Add 3 more and you have some of the world's best skiing in breathtaking Lake Tahoe. 

But do you really have to drive a distance longer than a trip to the grocery store to stay active? Answer: No.

Undoubtedly, every Millbrae and San Bruno resident know and appreciate the easy access to the 280 Freeway and Highway 101. We always have that choice on which to take depending on where we're going and what time we're going there. But do you really take advantage of those trails that run parallel?

Sawyer Camp Trail / San Andreas Lake Trail - 18 miles

Sawyer Camp Trail, facing northwest on a beautiful day.

Sawyer Camp Trail, facing northwest on a beautiful day.

For example, the roughly 7-mile San Andreas Lake Trail and the over 11-mile Sawyer Camp Trail are decently-hidden backtrails that run alongside the 280 in opposite directions from Millbrae. Both are accessible year round and good for all skill-levels with room for bicyclists, runners, and hikers. The Sawyer Camp Trail can be entered from Millbrae's south end of Skyline and runs south to San Mateo. The San Andreas Lake Trail can be entered from the north end of Skyline in Millbrae, and runs north to San Bruno. Because of its longer distance, the Sawyer Camp Trail is a harder completion, however many visitors prefer its shaded path through the foothills. 

Bayshore Trail - 5 miles

Kincaid's Chophouse along the Bayshore Trail

Kincaid's Chophouse along the Bayshore Trail

Heading down the hill, just to the south side of the San Francisco International Airport, lies the entrance to the Bayshore Trail, a fairly flat but very entertaining backtrail running alongside the San Francisco Bay. Offering wonderful views of the takeoffs and landings at the airport, you also can catch a glimpse of the Bay's Marine Wildlife and fishers casting their lines along the shore. Not in the mood for a jog or a bike-ride? Many local residents, such as myself, can park here on a lunch-break, read, or just relax. The view and sea air alone make it more than worth it. Tourists might want to visit the Bird and Plant sanctuary or one of the many delicious restaurants on Burlingame's shore including Benihana, Kincaid's, or Elephant Bar. 

Spur Trail & Mills Canyon Trail - 4 miles

Those looking for a shorter, less trafficked hike in a more secluded area will be satisfied with the 2.5 mile Spur Trail off Hillcrest Blvd in Millbrae, or the 1.5 mile Mills Canyon Nature Park Trail, surrounding Mills Canyon Park on the south side of Trousdale in Burlingame. The Mills Canyon Trail is more or less a loop around the nestled park in the Mills Canyon neighborhood of Burlingame, while the Spur Trail begins from Hillcrest Blvd. in Millbrae and runs south to Richmond Ave.

From Left to Right: San Andreas Lake Trail, Spur Trail, Sawyer Camp Trail, Mills Canyon Park Trail, Bayshore Trail

From Left to Right: San Andreas Lake Trail, Spur Trail, Sawyer Camp Trail, Mills Canyon Park Trail, Bayshore Trail


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