Mount Sizer

On the way back from Mount Sizer

I hiked Mt SizerMount Sizer may be little more than a highpoint on the Blue Ridge, but getting there is what makes this hike a challenge. You'll gain over 3,600 vertical feet in 15 miles, including a climb on one of the steepest trails in the Bay Area, affectionately called "The Shortcut." Your legs will probably think of a better name for it. 😉

Did you know?

Henry Coe State Park is the largest in the California State Park system.

Mount Sizer Basics

  • Summit elevation: 3,214' (980 m)
  • Vertical gain: 3,684'
  • Hiking mileage: 15 miles
  • Location: Henry W. Coe State Park

Hiking Mount Sizer

This loop hike gives you a grand tour that begins and ends at the park headquarters. There are several campgrounds along the route, so backpacking this loop is a viable option if you want to break it up over a couple of days. You'll climb and descend several times, which accounts for the over 3,600 feet of vertical you'll experience.

Trail Guides

Here are detailed trail guides to give you the information you need about each route:

Travel Time

  • Drive time from San Francisco: 1 hour, 37 minutes (81 miles)
  • Drive time from Oakland: 1 hour, 37 minutes (74 miles)
  • Drive time from San Jose: 55 minutes (34 miles)
  • Get turn-by-turn directions on Google Maps

Local Tips

  • There is a day use fee, payable at the Visitor Center (open weekends) or at the "Iron Ranger" at other times.
  • This trail is hot and exposed. There may be water at Pahjuello Spring or Coyote Creek, but be prepared to filter before drinking.

Latest Mount Sizer Trip Reports

These hike logs will give you a feel for what the current conditions are, and the experience from other Six-Pack of Peaks challengers.

I Don’t Think I Should Have Hiked This One First

By Whitney E | January 22, 2019


By NekkedDave | December 29, 2018

Late start, even later finish

By Pina | December 18, 2018

Mount Sizer

By 23saloni | December 15, 2018

5 of 6

By Aurea Duque | December 9, 2018

Took the “Short Cut” to the top of Mt. Sizer

By John Minkema | November 3, 2018

Mt Sizer (Made Me Wiser)

By Ray Hefner | October 27, 2018

Sizer loop at 90 degrees!

By Karl Doll | October 20, 2018

Hiking Divas #5 Intense Inclines

By Aniesha | September 29, 2018

windy day at sizer

By Brenda Nowell | September 16, 2018

View all Mount Sizer trip reports.

2018 NorCal Six-Pack of Peaks logoThe Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge

This hike is part of the Northern California Six-Pack of Peaks Challenge, a series of challenging hikes up six, diverse and scenic Bay Area mountains. Sign-up to take the challenge today! 


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