Favorite Peninsula Loops:

* indicates a run in redwood forest!

A list of 70 locations in the Bay Area where great trail running can be found (note: needs updating): 

Map of Bay Area parks

* indicates a park I have yet to run

Peninsula – Skyline Blvd Parks (17):

  • Fifield-Cahill Ridgeold growth Douglas fir, vistas
  • Purisima Creekredwoods, fir forest, ridge vistas, stream
  • Phleger Estateredwoods, mixed forest, stream
  • Huddartredwoods, mixed forest, stream
  • El Corte de Madera redwoods, mixed forest, stream
  • Wunderlichredwoods, mixed forest
  • Teague Hillmixed forest, redwoods
  • Windy Hillmixed forest, ridge vistas, meadows, stream
  • Russian Ridgeridge vistas, meadows
  • Skyline Ridgeridge vistas, meadows, fir forest
  • Los Trancosmixed forest
  • Monte Bellomeadows, vistas, fir forest
  • Long Ridgeridge vistas, mixed forest
  • Upper Stevens Creekfir forest 
  • Saratoga Gapmixed forest
  • Castle Rock State Park mixed forest, boulders, vistas
  • Sanbornmixed forest, redwoods


Peninsula – Eastside Hwy 280 corridor (14):

  • Pulgas Ridgechaparral, hardwood forest
  • Edgewoodmeadows, hardwood forest
  • Belmont Open Spacechaparral, hardwood forest
  • Big Canyon and Eaton Parksmeadows, hardwood forest
  • Upper Crystal Springs/Canada Road meadows, vistas
  • Lower Crystal Springs/Sawyer Camp Trail – vistas, forest
  • Woodside Town Trails mixed forest
  • Portola Valley Ranch & Town Trails – hardwood forest
  • Arastradero meadows, vistas
  • Foothills Park ridge vistas, hardwood forest
  • Los Altos Hills Town Trails
  • Hidden Villa deciduous forest, stream
  • Rancho San Antoniodeciduous forest, ridge vistas
  • Stevens Creek/Fremont Oldermeadows, hardwood forest, vistas

Peninsula – Westside Santa Cruz Mountains (10):

Marin (6):

  • Headlands/Golden Gateseashore, coastal, ridge vistas
  • Mount Tamalpais State Parkredwoods, ridge vistas
  • Marin Water District/Mt. Tam Watershedredwoods, mixed forest, views
  • Muir Woods National Monumentold growth redwoods
  • Dipsea Trail – classic Mill Valley to Stinson Beach
  • Point Reyes National Seashoreseashore, coastal, fir forest

Santa Cruz Area (5):

  • Wilder Ranch State Parkseashore, coastal, meadows, forest
  • Pogonipmeadows, redwoods
  • Henry Cowell State Parkold growth redwoods
  • Fall Creek Unitredwoods, cascading stream
  • Forest of the Nisene Marksredwoods, mixed forest, stream

East Bay (12):

  • Berkeley Fire Road/Claremont Preservemixed forest, views
  • Wildcat Canyonchapparal
  • Sibleymixed forest
  • Huckleberrymixed forest
  • Redwood redwoods, ridge vistas
  • Joaquin Millerredwoods
  • Lake Chabotmixed forest
  • Briones *
  • Las Trampas
  • Mount Diablo chaparral, meadows, mixed forest, pines
  • Pleasanton Ridge *
  • Garin/Dry Creek Pioneer *

South Bay (9):

  • Mount Madonna – redwoods, oak woodland, vistas
  • Quicksilver-Almaden meadows, ridge vistas, deciduous forest
  • Sierra Azuloak woodland, chaparral, vistas
  • Calero/Rancho Canada del Oro *
  • Grant County Park *
  • Sunol/Ohlone Regionalgrasslands, oak trees, pines
  • Mission Peak grasslands, oaks
  • Lake Del Valle – grasslands, oaks
  • Henry Coe State Park & Orestimba Wilderness *

As you can see, the trail running in the Bay Area is AMAZING!!

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Jay Ward says:

    Hey, just found your site, and wanted to say thanks. My wife and I just moved back to the area, and we were looking for some new runs to “discover”. BTW, Castle Rock to Wadell is a killer run that you did not link together, but through Big Basin via Saratoga Toll is about 33-5 miles. Peace and thanks again,

  2. annathrax says:

    Came across your blog and love it! Yo are so lucky to live in the Bay Area – so many chances for outdoor fun! It’s my dream to one day be able to be fit enough to do a “trail run”. One day I hope!

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