At a recent neighborhood National Night Out event in Paradise Valley I spoke with several SSF residents about San Bruno Mountain hikes led by San Bruno Mountain Watch (SBMW). Surprisingly most neighbors in this valley surrounded by Sign Hill and San Bruno Mountain, did not know of our tours, hiking areas, or projects. This being the case I thought I'd describe some starting with SSF info. In SSF there are several nice Mountain areas to walk.
Believe it or not, just next to the Montessori school on Hillside Blvd., east from Chestnut Avenue, there is a County park entrance. You can park in the ball field parking lot in back of the Montessori school parking lot (the former Hillside Elementary School). The park entrance will take you past non native eucalyptus trees, up a trail, past native plants. A large native plant area you will pass was a restoration project led by Mountain Watch supporters.
SURPRISINGLY MANY LOCALS ARE NOT AWARE OF THE COUNTY ENTRANCE TO SAN BRUNO MOUNTAIN LOCATED NEXT TO THE MONTESSORI SCHOOL AT 1400 HILLSIDE BLVD
Continuing higher, past a rock outcropping, you will climb up a small hill.You will be rewarded for your efforts because over the hill ridge you will see a 30 acre valley with great views. For the adventurous, the hike could continue up to the Mountain ridge trail. The ridge trail runs from Daly City to Brisbane. Of course, the higher you go the better the view.
A current Mountain Watch/San Francisco Peninsula Open Space Coalition project is on Sign Hill. Some residents I spoke with didn't realize that North Sign Hill's 40 acres is privately owned by two private parties. This land had been proposed for development. We are trying to find a way to put this crucial open space into the public domain as a 40 acre larger Sign Hill Park.
PARCELS IN GREEN ARE CURRENTLY OWNED BY PRIVATE PARTIES WITH POTENTIAL TO DEVELOPMENT
We're are looking forward to adding the 'North 40' to Sign Hill Park in the near future.
The easiest way to see the West side is by parking in a lot off Hillside above Elks Lodge. Then just walk up an asphalt path. The east side be reached via a short steep cement path just below the water tower. You can walk to the huge white painted Sign Hill letters.
THIS INFORMATIONAL BOARD OFFERS INSIGHT TO SIGN HILL AND IS LOCATED AT THE END OF RIDGEVIEW COURT IN SSF, FREE PARKING IS AVAILABLE
Like the Mountain, the little sister 'Sign Hill' is an outdoor museum of native plants and butterflies. On the ridge, right off the trail, is a Lupin plant patch. The Lupin is the host plant of the Federally listed endangered Mission Blue butterfly. That's right, an endangered species in our back yard!
THE MISSION BLUE BUTTERFLY IS FEDERALLY LISTED ENDANGERED SPECIES & THRIVES ON SIGN HILL DUE TO THE LUPIN HOST PLANT. THE MISSION BLUE IS ALSO THE CITY'S OFFICIAL BUTTERFLY
Many of us saw this blue butterfly this May on a hike led by a gifted butterfly expert. There were also a flurry of other flying butterflies on that perfect day I attended with my grandson. (see more here)
Join us, help us as we move this project forward! Get involved, come hike with us or contact us to see what you and your neighbors can do to help!