Sugarloaf Park in San Mateo

By Rachel Puryear

If you’re looking for panoramic views and green, shady trails in the San Mateo area, check out Sugarloaf Park next time you’re near San Mateo, California. The park offers multiple trails, scenic views, and is located in the wonderful Laurelwood neighborhood of San Mateo.

Many pedestrians as well as bicyclists enjoy the trails. There are both paved and unpaved trails available.

A green, shady trail in Sugarloaf Park.

There is an unpaved trail with a gentle incline going through the more tree-shaded part of the park, and it has an enchanted forest sort of a feel to it. With many green plants, wispy moss draping from tree branches, and flowers in bloom during Spring, this walk can feel magical. Despite being located within a suburban neighborhood, this area still feels away from it all.

A panoramic view from the top of a hill in Sugarloaf Park.

A hike up one of the several uphill trails will reward you with a stunning panoramic view of San Mateo, and the surrounding areas. It’s serene and quiet up there, so you can enjoy the peace and quiet while taking in the awesome views all around you. On windy days, it can be extra windy up there, so a light jacket can help.

Picnic tables and children’s play area in Sugarloaf Park.

The park offers picnic tables, and a children’s playground for families. Dogs are allowed in parts of the park – check the website for more details, and for hours. Gender neutral, well-kept bathrooms are available on site. There is plenty of street parking available in the nearby neighborhood, near the several entrances to the park.


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