Sawyer Camp Trail
Sawyer Camp Trail
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Tree-shaded trail stretching 12 miles.
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soulefultraveler
Sun City West, AZ1,885 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Beautiful paved walk along the lake. Level. Easy. Only problem, on a lovely Saturday morning, it was REALLY crowded. Families. Runners. Bikers. But a great spot to get away from the hussle and bussle of the area.
Written December 16, 2020
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ProvidingFeedback07
San Mateo, CA25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
I appreciate that this trail does not allow dogs as I am afraid of dogs and don't like being charged. I can relax and enjoy my walk here not having to worry about that. I also like that the park ranger has a regular appearance on the trail too making me feel safe. We walk from the Crystal Springs gate to the Laurel tree and back which is seven miles round trip and takes us a little over two hours. I appreciate the three bathrooms dotted along the way and they are kept clean! The trail is shared by walkers, joggers, bicyclists, strollers, and skaters, but we all get along. Bring a bottle of water and enjoy!
Written September 25, 2018
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squidman212travel
San Mateo, CA39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Family
Such a lovely setting to walk next to the Crystal Springs reservoir! I came here regularly to train for my marathon as it showed the various mile markers. Becareful not to get distracted by the beautiful scenery or else you may step off the path!
Written February 28, 2017
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teng346
San Mateo, CA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Solo
I have been running for quite a long time and every Saturday morning (rain or shine) my running club would have our semi-long run at Sawyer. Here are some tips for runners, walkers, bicyclists and anyone else who decides to experience the trail.

PARKING: During the weekdays one can usually find a parking spot on both the north and south sides of the trail. It could be a little crowded during the summer in the morning about 7-9am and after 4pm as many runners/walkers want to get their exercise in before it gets too hot or after the heat of the day. However on weekends parking can really be challenge especially after 7am regardless of the season (the only time one can get a spot is when it is raining). Since the closure of the aux parking lot next to the south entrance several years ago, there are fewer parking spots and therefore one may have to park at the top of the hill and walk the quarter mile to the entrance. The north side can be tough getting a space once all the spots under the freeway overpass are taken. Then one may have to find a space in the adjacent neighborhood.

THE TRAIL: Total distance 6 miles from end to end. Trail well maintained with half mile markers and bathrooms on the south side entrance; at the 3.5 mile marker (from the south side); and just inside the north entrance up the trail about 100 yards. There is a drinking fountain just across from the north side bathroom. There is a picnic area at the 3.5 mile marker (going north) called Jepson Laurel. Note that there are no dogs allowed and of course no cars at all (once in a while you will go by the Rangers Truck creeping along). The trail is rolling with no hills to speak of until the last 1.5 miles heading north. There is a steep hill for a quarter mile terminating just past the 5 mile marker (going north). The next section is flat since the trail continues over the dam but the hill begins again 50 yards after the dam. This is a steep hill and it will continue until almost the end of the trail. The beauty of the scenery is what draws the people the most. On an early morning, one can see the condensation over the lake which gives the scene a mystical quality. Once while runner early, we could make out a couple of coyotes drinking from the waters edge. Within a 15 minute drive, at this trail one can really get the feeling they are running/walking thru the country with little or no signs of habitation. Anyway this trail is available to everyone regardless of fitness level. Due to the mile markers one can run or walk a mile or 12 miles (out and back).

SAFETY: In the past there have been some smash and grab thefts committed on cars parked on the south side of the trail. Please do not leave any valuables in your vehicles or at least in plain sight. On the trail, in general it is safe during the day light hours. Beware of the local wildlife as there have been incidents of Mountain Lion sightings. Once I almost ran over (stepped on) a Pacific Rattlesnake sunning himself along the side of the trail. Luckily he did not strike. Note that the gates do not close at night and there have been some runners and walkers who like to use the trail in the dark, especially during a full moon. Also runners and walkers beware, some bicyclists tend to ride faster than what is safe. There have been collisions between runners/walkers and bicyclists that have resulted in serious injury. Also parents please watch out for you little children as they tend to wander off the asphalt trail. On the south side, off to one side of the trail, there is a steep incline to a fence below which if the child falls could result in injury. Also even though the county tries to keep the grasses low, there are some high grass areas that contain ticks which can cause serious disease.

Anyway hope you decide to experience the trail as I have these many years....
Written December 13, 2016
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Jonathan C.
La Jolla, California, USA510 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
A beautiful trail down through the Hetch Hetchy/Crystal Springs water system. Shaded by trees and starts downhill before becoming mostly flat. Gorgeous trees, plenty of walkers and bikers, and several restroom facilities along the way.
Written December 27, 2020
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Thomas K
Sarasota9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Always a good place to walk. You can do a short walk, or a long walk. Watch for the bikes going too fast and the human defecation along the road. Some nationalities see nothing wrong with dropping shorts and taking a dump along side the path.
Written February 11, 2020
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sablatt
Austin, TX491 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
This trail is beautiful, and it is a wonderful place to have a heart to heart with someone or enjoy your own thoughts and meditations.
Written September 3, 2019
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May S
Burlingame, CA17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018
This trail has elevation offering downhill and uphill. Good walking trail. Quiet and peaceful space. You get the water and the fog.
Written August 21, 2019
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Amy B
23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
Sawyer Camp Trail is one of my favorite trails on the Peninsula. An easy, paved walk on gently sloping hills, the trail is a perfect fit for just about anyone from cyclists and runners to moms with little ones or even strollers. The trail offers enough distance to make it an aerobic workout if desired and its generally well kept bathrooms at both the trailhead and the midway point make it one of the most family friendly trails we’ve found thus far. The trail has a variety of beautiful views that change with the seasons, so it feels like a new experience each time. It’s also a well trafficked location, and therefore feels quite safe. Parking is the only thing that can be challenging, especially on a beautiful day. It’s definitely worth a visit and is one of the best walks in the area.
Written April 13, 2019
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NABEM
Beijing, China59 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
Small nice place to visit and relax or take photos . Good for family or solo or with teens . Couples can take nice photos and family photos are great also.
Written March 31, 2019
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