Baquiano Trail

San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, California

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Baquiano Trail

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  • Hikers on the Baquiano Trail.- Baquiano Trail
  • Blue eyed grass (Sisyrinchium).- Baquiano Trail
  • Portola Discovery Site along the Baquiano Trail.- Baquiano Trail
  • Portola Discovery Site along the Baquiano Trail.- Baquiano Trail
  • Lupine on the Baquiano Trail.- Baquiano Trail
  • Portola Discovery Site along the Baquiano Trail.- Baquiano Trail
  • Baquiano Trail.- Baquiano Trail
  • Iris on Boquiano Trail.- Baquiano Trail
  • Looking south from Baquiano Trail.- Baquiano Trail
  • Unidentified wildflower (help us identify it by providing feedback).- Baquiano Trail
  • A foggy Pacific from Baquiano Trail.- Baquiano Trail
  • Indian paintbrush.- Baquiano Trail
  • Fassler Avenue Trailhead.- Baquiano Trail
  • California poppies on the Baquiano Trail.- Baquiano Trail
  • Unidentified wildflower on the Baquiano Trail.- Baquiano Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Connects with other trails on Sweeney Ridge. Close to San Francisco.
Cons: 
Noise pollution. Short. Suburban.
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Region:
San Francisco Peninsula + Santa Cruz, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
600.00 ft (182.88 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Biking
Total Distance: 
3.20 mi (5.15 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
610.00 ft (185.93 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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A short out and back hike that leaves from Pacifica’s Rockaway Beach neighborhood, Baquiano Trail joins up with the network of Sweeney Ridge trails near the Portola Discovery Site (where Europeans first sited the San Francisco Bay, on 4 November 1769). From the Fassler Avenue Trailhead, the trail climbs 550 feet in roughly 1 mile.

Along the broad fire road, one will encounter Indian paintbrush, lupine, and California poppies in the spring and summer months. The fog can roll in off of the Pacific quickly, so be prepared for dramatic temperature changes on the exposed ridge.

More than other Sweeny Ridge Trails, Baquiano falls victim to noise pollution from nearby San Francisco Airport. Sweeping Pacific views reward an easy hike from the residential Pacifica Trailhead. More advanced hikers can carry on from Sweeney Ridge Trail to Notch or Mori trails for added mileage. Baquiano Trail is open to hikers, mountain bikers and dogs.

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