San Bruno Mountain Ecological Reserve


The 83-acre San Bruno Mountain Ecological Reserve is on the north slope of the mountain and within parts of Owl and Buckeye Canyons. Along the canyon bottoms and streams is riparian habitat of California buckeye, oaks, bays and willows. Drier areas are a mixture of grasslands and stunted shrubs. San Bruno Mountain is unique for its Franciscan fog zone flora which is distinct from other coastal areas. There is a variety of songbirds, raptors, owls and small mammals. Terrain is steep and rugged.

The Wildlife Conservation Board acquired two parcels in 1989 for habitat conservation and protection of endangered and threatened species. The property was designated as an ecological reserve by the Fish and Game Commission in 1993.

For more information, call the Bay Delta Region Fairfield office at (707) 428-2002.

Recreational Opportunities

Wildlife Viewing Hiking Trails

Activities: wildlife viewing, hiking

NOTE: Visitors are responsible for knowing and complying with all regulations pertaining to the use of Department lands.

Please refer to the Public Uses on State and Federal Lands section of the Waterfowl, Upland Game, and Public Use Regulations (PDF)Waterfowl, Upland Game, and Public Use Regulations (PDF)(opens in new tab) booklet for both statewide and property-specific regulations.

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Bay Delta Region (Region 3)

San Mateo County

City of Brisbane, 8 miles south of San Francisco, adjacent to San Bruno Mtn. County Park

Directions: Hwy 101 to Bayshore Blvd, west on Valley Drive or Guadalupe Parkway, south onto Hill Dr.

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