Skyline Boulevard & Crystal Springs Road
San Mateo, CA
Looking for a place to ride bikes while soaking up some beautiful scenery? Crystal Springs Trail, which parallels picturesque Crystal Springs Lake and the San Andreas Lake, is a spectacular and easy day trip from the City. The California Department of Fish and Game recognizes this area as a Fish Wildlife Refuge and a Biosphere Reserve. You'll be surrounded by ducks, hawks, deer, squirrels, bobcats, coyotes, and, on occasion, rattlesnakes!
Located in the beautiful Crystal Springs Watershed off of the 280 freeway, the paved trail spans all the way from San Bruno to Woodside. This is a great hiking, walking, or biking trail for the whole family that's not too far from the City. The trail is stroller-friendly, too.
There are two ways to access Crystal Springs Trail:
San Andreas Trail
From San Francisco, take 280 south and exit at San Bruno Avenue. Make a right on San Bruno Avenue to Skyline Boulevard. Turn left on Skyline. Drive one-half mile to the trail entrance. Park along the road.
Sawyer Camp Trail
From San Francisco, take 280 south and exit at Black Mountain Road/Hayne Road. Go west to Skyline Boulevard, then south on Skyline one mile to the trail entrance at the junction of Skyline and Crystal Springs Road.
SFKids Tips*Teach kids to stay on the right side of the road. The paved road is divided by a painted line.
What We've Heard
"We love this trail for our family. We have been biking with the kids on the back of our bikes up to now, where the kids bike and we rollerblade. We usually bring snacks and stop many times for a break. The weather is better than in the City so don't forget your sunscreen."
-- Chris L.
"My kids love spotting deer and different kinds of birds every time we venture on this trail." -- Maria, mother of two