|Sawyer Camp Trail,
San Mateo County Parks and Recreation,
San Mateo County
7 mile out and back walk on paved path along Crystal Springs Reservoir. One of the most popular recreation trails in the Bay Area
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 7 mile out and back walk is easy. Sawyer Camp Trail stretches 6 miles. The lower section is completely flat, and the upper stretch has a few easy hills.
2 1/2 hours.
Nice any time; lovely in autumn.
From Interstate 280 in San Mateo County, exit #36 Hayne Road/Black Mountain Road (if you're approaching northbound, turn left at the end of the exit ramp). Drive south on Skyline Boulevard about 1.3 miles, to the trail entrance on the right (west) side of the road.
Get driving or public transit directions from Transit and Trails:
GPS Coordinates* for Trailhead:
(* based on Google Earth data, shown as degrees, minutes, seconds)
Gas, food, and lodging:
Nothing in the immediate area. No camping.
Roadside parking. No entrance or parking fees. Pit toilets just inside the entrance gate, and at several other locations along the trail. Maps available at information signboard near entrance. Pay phone near entrance. Drinking water near the trail's half-way point, at the Jepson Laurel Area. There are three designated handicapped parking spots, and the trail is wheelchair accessible. You can also access the trail from a northern trailhead, near Hillcrest Boulevard. There is no direct public transportation to this trailhead.
The trail is multi-use. Dogs are not permitted. Trail is open from sunrise to sunset.
The Official Story:
SMCP's Sawyer Camp page
Use AAA's San Francisco Bay Region map to get there.
Map from SMCP.
Trails of the Coastside and Northern Peninsula (map) is a good guide (available from Pease Press).
Peninsula Trails, by Jean Rusmore, has a simple map and trail description (order this book from Amazon.com).
Tom Taber's The Santa Cruz Mountains Trail Book has a simple map and trail description (order this book from Amazon.com).
Sawyer Camp Trail in a nutshell -- a printable, text-only guide to the featured walk.
View photos from the trail.
Go to Bay Area Hiker Home page
Camp Trail is one of the most popular recreation paths in the Bay Area. On any given day you are prone to encounter roller
bladers, cyclists, moms and dads with strollers, joggers, and folks looking for
easy exercise. The 6 mile paved trail stretches from the shores of Crystal
Springs Reservoir to San Andreas Lake, through protected San Francisco
Watershed lands. Sawyer Camp is as close as most of us will ever get to
the off-limits watershed property, which is a shame, since it looks pretty
from this fenced-off trail.