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Philosopher's Way Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (4)

A hidden gem of a loop in the most underrated open space in San Francisco.


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Map Key

2.2

Miles

3.6

KM

Singletrack

533' 163 m

High

325' 99 m

Low

263' 80 m

Up

262' 80 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Off-leash

E-Bikes Unknown

Features Pump Track · Views

Need to Know

Dogs are not required to be on leash within the central area of the park. Be aware of that.

Description

John McLaren Park has gone through a revitalization in recent years but remains one of the lesser-known recreation areas in San Francisco. A hilltop park accessible by MUNI bus or car, the space is often deserted with the exception of the occasional dog walker. The park also features excellent views of downtown San Francisco, the Bay, San Bruno Mountain, and the Excelsior District.

The Philosopher's Way Trail loops around the park and has been long used by mountain bikers. Most parts are used by pedestrians while others are more obviously intended for bikes. The southern part of the trail is split along the hillside with numerous options, including a small pump track above the water tanks. It is recommended to ride the trail in a clockwise direction.

The trail is maintained, but parts can become more overgrown at times.

Contacts

Shared By:

Andrew Twong

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  4.0 from 4 votes

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#601

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Oct 10, 2020
Jaron Rendon
First time here, looking for the loop can be little tedious so explore around the park at first following the road, the trail system is along side. 6.8mi — 1h 33m
Sep 18, 2020
Peter Monks
Some short sections of (easily avoidable) technical trail but mostly a (very pleasant!) cruise around the park.
Jun 7, 2020
Nate Sonnenthal
May 27, 2020
Nikhil Viswanathan
May 24, 2020
Iroj Shrestha
Feb 9, 2020
Jim Wilson