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Sawyer Camp Trail

Located just minutes from Hwy 280, Sawyer Camp Trail is an easy excursion in San Mateo County. Part of the Crystal Springs Regional Trail, this is one of my favorite family friendly trails. The flat, paved path offers something for everyone- kids can ride their bicycles while mom and dad run or walk, and the benches scattered along the trail mean that even grandma and grandpa can enjoy the trail at their own pace.

Although this popular trail can get crowded on the weekend, it is still one of my favorite places. I love taking in the bright blue waters of Crystal Springs and watching the fog cascade over the lush green mountains of the Coastal Range. And if the natural surroundings weren’t enough I am almost always guaranteed wildlife sightings whether it is a deer, baby bunnies, or a low flying hawk. This is a perfect trail to “get away from it all” while retaining the ease of a paved walking path.

In order from North to South, the Crystal Springs Regional Trail is broken into three parts: San Andreas, Sawyer Camp, and Crystal Springs. These trails combined offer over 17 miles of walking, biking, and equestrian enjoyment. (Portions of the Crystal Springs trail are currently under construction, so check the website before heading out.) You can access a map of the entire trail on the San Mateo County Parks website.

The Trailhead

Located at the intersection of Skyline Blvd. and Crystal Springs Rd. There is limited parking at the trailhead, but plenty of parking along the road.

The Route

This out-and-back hike is 7 miles total, but when combined with the Crystal Springs and San Andreas trails you have more than 17 miles of trail to enjoy. The trail is clearly marked with mile markers, so you can easily track your distance and customize this walk to fit your needs.

Link to Map:

Get a map of the entire Crystal Springs Regional Trail here.

Other Details

Trail Safety

Like all outdoor pursuits, hiking can be dangerous. It is up to you to assess your fitness level and education yourself about any potential dangers. While I try to regularly update these hiking guides, you should always research trail conditions before heading out.

Being prepared means arriving at the trailhead with water and some basic provisions. Each and every time I hit the trail I bring a backpack with more water than I think I need, a small first aid kit, and a snack. I also share my itinerary and plans with friends or family and I carry an InReach so I can summon help if needed. If you want to know what I carry in my pack during day hikes check out my blog post about essential gear for day hikers.

Stay safe, enjoy the trail, and soak up the magic of nature!

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