The Summit Trail is a very popular and spectacular 3-mile loop that stretches over the northern portion of the mountain and is the most species-rich trail with over 250 species, over 170 are native. It passes through a logged eucalyptus forest and descends past active seeps until it reaches April Brook. We’ll see horsetails, fringe cups, iris, coast rock cress, and at least five ferns. From there we head up to Bitter Cherry Ridge with rocky outcrops covered with fog lichens and views of the ocean and the Daly City dunes. After crossing the summit we’ll check out Kamchatka Point and some endemic manzanitas and huckleberries then descend to the parking lot through Cable Ravine. Elevation gain on the trail is about 400 feet.
There is a $6 entrance fee payable at the ranger kiosk. Meet at the parking lot on the other side of Guadalupe Canyon Parkway. Turn right at the stop sign just past the kiosk and follow the road under the parkway. Bring a lunch and layers of clothing because, due to the marine influence, the weather is a box of chocolates; you never know what to expect. Heavy rain cancels until April 29.