Surely I can walk across this reserve??
July 13, 2010 7:29 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking for a walking route across the San Francisco State Fish and Game Refuge from the vicinity of Mills Creek Canyon Park in Burlingame to the beach. My hosts think the refuge is completely closed to public access, but they haven't explored it, so I thought I'd ask here.
posted by Estragon to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Scroll down to where it says "2003" on this page; the vast majority of the refuge is still off-limits to the public; you'll need to make a reservation and go with a docent, and trail goes to Sweeney Ridge, not the beach. It's watershed, so it's unlikely it will be fully open to whomever whenever for whatever anytime soon.
posted by rtha at 8:24 AM on July 13, 2010

Its off limits to the public.
posted by bitdamaged at 8:53 AM on July 13, 2010

This is not exactly what you were asking for but it might be a good alternative.

Mills Creek Canyon Park is a few miles south of Sneath Lane in San Bruno. At the end of Sneath Lane is a trail head that will take you up to Sweeny Ridge. From Sweeny Ridge there are a couple of trails that will take you into Pacifica which has beach access.

If I remember correctly, there are two trails that lead down from Sweeny Ridge to Pacifica. One of them is pretty close ( maybe a couple of hundred yards or less ) to the point where the Sneath Lane trail connects to the Ridge Trail. That one comes out near these orchid greenhouses. (They mention the trail access on their website ).

I think the other trail down into Pacifica was a little ways ( less than a mile ) south along the ridge so you would turn left when you get to the ridge to get to that one. That trail has great ocean views and comes out at the end of Fassler Ave which you can see on the coastal map that you link to.

All this is from memories that are 5 or 6 years old and I used to start in Pacifica rather than on the Bay side so I might be a little off on a detail or two. That said, if you start at the Sneath Lane trail head you shouldn't have any problem making it to the coast.
posted by metadave at 9:53 AM on July 13, 2010

I can verify metadave's suggestion. I hike the Sneath Lane trail frequently--it hooks up with the Mori Ridge trail and leads down to Pacifica. The reserve you mention has been closed for a long time. It does, however, have a phone number posted on the locked gate. You can call it for guided tours of the reserve, I think.
posted by Kafkaesque at 1:44 PM on July 13, 2010

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