Sanborn Skyline County Park gets pretty busy on many weekends with family reunions, wedding receptions and other assorted gatherings --... more » if you end up at one and find yourself craving a hike instead of all that company, this is the loop to take.
It starts on the San Andreas Trail and takes a vigorous march up the hillside west of the park. The trail can be steep in places, but you'll be covered in a canopy of redwoods that'll shade you from the sun and help you forget why you need to be away from civilization for a few hours.
The trail turns south after about three miles at the intersection with Sanborn Trail -- from here it's a couple miles back, all downhill.
Sanborn Trail passes through the park's excellent walk-in campgrounds -- scout out some sites if you've got rambunctious kids who won't mind lugging all your camping gear up from the parking lot. The walk-in part discourages a lot of potential campers, leaving a fair number of open campsites for those who don't mind hauling their tents, food and such uphill. Those with the legs for it can enjoy some of the nicest campsites in the Bay Area.
Once you get through the campgrounds, a park trail returns to the parking lot.
Best time to go: Redwoods make for great all-year hiking. Going on weekdays can avoid the crowds. less «