Mount Sutro Open Space - Mountain Biking

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Once inside this 61-acre preserve, you'll find it hard to believe that you're actually still in the city.


2.5 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

2.2 miles


2 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

1 hours

1/2 hour to 2 hours


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


Topographical Map

Trails Map



Located right in the heart of San Francisco, Mount Sutro is an open secret for locals. Since many of the trails on Mt. Sutro reopened in 2011 after being closed for 50 years, you can now ride one of the city's famous peaks.

What Makes It Great

 Located near (and owned by) the University of California-San Francisco, a series of the well-marked mountain bike trails crisscross this 61-acre reserve. A canopy of 200-foot tall Eucalyptus trees shade the Historic, Fairy Gates, and Ridge trails and give you a sense of riding in a wilderness far removed from the urban downtown -- even though you never actually leave the city.

Who is Going to Love It

The trail system is only 2.5-miles long but the variety of terrain and technical sections will prepare novice and intermediate mountain bikers for more challenging rides. It is also possible to connect to nearby open spaces, Mount Davidson Park and Glen Canyon, for a full ride all inside city limits.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

The entire preserve is owned by UCSF. For details on where to visit and how to access trails, please visit this link. Click here for directions from Google Maps

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Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve

San Francisco, CA,
37.758141, -122.45283

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