Hike Date: April 27, 2011
Distance: ~ 2.5 miles
Trail(s): San Francisco Bay Trail
Where’s it at? Millbrae east of 101, just south of SFO


The San Francisco Bay Trail encircles the SF Bay with over 500 miles of scenic, waterfront trails that can be used for hiking or biking. In many of the areas I’ve been to, it would be considered handicap accessible.

On this fine Spring day I adventured to the leg of the trail that is just south of SFO Airport, starting in the city of Millbrae and ending in Burlingame. The trail was pretty crowded with walkers and people taking breaks from nearby businesses for a weekday, so it must get pretty packed here on weekends. I didn’t like this leg of the trail as much as the ones a little north that I’ve tried before in South San Francisco and Brisbane, or even up in Candlestick Point, but it was scenic nonetheless.

Probably the best spot at sea level to photograph jets taking off and landing from SFO, it is also a decent spot to watch or photograph many shore birds. I saw a ton of them. Part of this leg of the trail encompasses a protected area for wildlife along the coast.

If you’re seeking solitude or a wilderness feel, this leg is definitely not it. There are a ton of businesses, some of which even have signage posted right along the trail itself, including: Starbucks, Benihana, El Torito, Elephant Bar, and more.

I parked at the free Public Shore parking lot at Bayshore Park, and hiked south as far as I could go, which was a little north of Bayside Park. I’m not sure why it stops here, just beyond is Bayside Park and even a state Park called Robert E. Woolley State Park.

Photos from SF Bay Trail in Millbrae (click to enlarge)

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Directions to Public Parking for Bay Trail


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