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Mount Sutro Loop

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3.3 Miles 5.3 Kilometers



1,027' 313 m


-1,029' -314 m



Avg Grade (7°)


Max Grade (28°)

939' 286 m


458' 140 m


Shared By Tyler Charles


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Amazing singletrack through the eucalyptus forest covering Mount Sutro in the heart of San Francisco.

Tyler Charles

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This is a multi-use area. Please use caution, check your speed, and respect other users. Yield appropriately.


This ride starts at the Stanyan Street entrance; however this trail system can be accessed by several other trailheads. To reach Stanyan Trailhead, follow Stanyan to 17th Street and look for the wooden staircase that leads up to the trailhead on your right.


The first 0.9 miles of this ride heads out on the Historic Trail, steadily climbing over some technical sections of slippery roots and rock gardens that can be a bit challenging for novice riders. After a few switchbacks through the Interior Greenbelt, you'll reach a paved road called Medical Center Way about 0.5 miles into the ride. Cross over to the other side of this road to continue the climb up the Historic Trail.

The climb up this section of the trail is considerably less technical than the first section, and should make for an easygoing climb through eucalyptus trees complete with astonishing views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.

In a little over a half mile, you'll arrive at a trail junction. Turn left here toward The Summit on the South Ridge Trail to reach Nike Road and finish the climb up to Mount Sutro's Summit.

Now you're ready for some downhill action. There are two options from the summit. North Ridge Trail on your left, and East Ridge Trail on your right. As of 02/19/18 the upper section of East Ridge is closed for repairs. Take the North Ridge Trail for your initial descent.

North Ridge is a quick and relatively easy descent, but there are a few sharp turns that sneak up on you so stay aware, and keep your speed under control. At the end of this trail, you'll find yourself back on Medical Center Way, follow this to the trail junction on the left so you can take the second half of Historic Trail back up to the summit the same way as before.

Once back at the summit, it's time for the ultimate descent. East Ridge Trail offers a more technical descent than North Ridge Trail, but as I mentioned earlier East Ridge is currently closed (if it's open when you ride, you should definitely take it).

We got creative, and found a way to catch the second half of East Ridge on the way down. Start down the North Ridge Trail the same as before, but this time about 0.1 miles down the trail, hang a right onto Mystery Trail to make your way over to the second half of East Ridge. Follow East Ridge down to a paved road called Johnston Drive and ride downhill to the gravel driveway on your left to pick up on the Fairy Gates Trail. Take the Fairy Gates Trail to where it meets the first segment of the Historic Trail and enjoy your final descent back to where you started at 17th & Stanyan.


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Feb 25, 2019
Kevin Gong
Sunday ride, felt damp but very rideable
Feb 19, 2019
Dustin Rudiger
Jan 24, 2019
Greg Smith
Felt rushed with a movie and darkened creeping in but I’ll be back 2mi
Jan 19, 2019
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Dec 30, 2018
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Dec 9, 2018
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Right after you turn onto South Ridge Trail, the next trail on the left is West Ridge Trail, which is more of a challenge and more fun, but still takes you to the summit. I was there on a Tuesday after the President's Day weekend, so there probably were a lot fewer people on the trails, but I had even more fun going down Historic Trail than North Ridge Trail because of the flow. Also, avoid East Ridge Trail for now even though it seems to be open. It's all torn up with soft, loose dirt, and scattered branches and bark on the trail, so it was tough getting down and not much fun. Feb 19, 2019

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