Mount Sutro Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,027' 313 m
Descent: -1,029' -314 m
High: 939' 286 m
Low: 458' 140 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 54% (28°)
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“Amazing singletrack through the eucalyptus forest covering Mount Sutro in the heart of San Francisco.”— Tyler Charles
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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Local Club: Sutro Stewards
Jul 1, 2019: Meet our Stewardship Coordinator, Nina!
Jun 3, 2019: National Trails Day Recap
Land Manager: San Francisco - Recreation and Parks
Jan 18, 2020: Bernal Hill Grassland Restoration Volunteer Project
Nov 16, 2019: Gigantic 3 Event – Lake Merced – Sunset Circle
Nov 10, 2019: 2019 CDBA College Cup