Hike Date: February 1, 2011
Distance: ~ 5 miles
Trail(s): Coast Trail, Crystal Springs Trail
Where’s it at? San Francisco’s southern end near Candlestick


I live pretty close to McLaren Park and have only once been through in the past; a walkthrough with Rec and Parks Department hoping to build a disc golf course here. A lot of the opposition said it was where they went for seclusion. Figured I had to check out more of what it had to offer.

I didn’t really have any set hike in mind. I feel like I hiked the entire Northern part of the park, north of Mansell, covering only a little bit of the southern side.

One thing is for sure, there are some great views of San Francisco at the higher elevations in this park. It has a pretty good mix of wide and maintained trails versus smaller narrow trails. There are a lot of dog walkers that go here as it has a no leash rule, to the best of what I could figure out.

On this day I found a few small ponds or reservoirs. The latter, on the western side was fairly nice. Neither one has very good water however. There are bathrooms and some water faucets here and there and I doubt it ever gets very hot here with the cool ocean breezes and typical summer fog for the area.

Photos from McLaren Park (click to enlarge)

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