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Best Trails in Golden Gate National Recreation Area

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The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is a U.S. National Recreation Area administered by the National Park Service that surrounds the San Francisco Bay area. It is one of the most visited units of the National Park system in the United States, with over 13 million visitors a year. It is also one of the largest urban parks in the world, with a size two-and-a-half times that of the consolidated city and county of San Francisco. The park is not one continuous locale, but rather a collection of areas that stretch from northern San Mateo County to southern Marin County, and includes several areas of San Francisco. The park is as diverse as it is expansive; it contains famous tourist attractions such as Muir Woods National Monument, Alcatraz, and the Presidio of San Francisco. The GGNRA is also home to 1,273 plant and animal species, encompasses 59 miles (95 km) of bay and ocean shoreline and has military fortifications that span centuries of California history, from the Spanish conquistadors to Cold War-era Nike missile sites.

on Sweeney Ridge Trail via M...
4 days ago

We walked on pavement most of time. Probably wouldnt do this again

on Lands End Trail
4 days ago

Beauitful view. Too crowded.

on Bolinas Ridge Trail
8 days ago

mountain biking

This is one of my favorite biking trails. For years I have been coming here every few months. Rolling hills, ocean views, redwood forests, and lots of cattle what more could you ask for to feel removed from the city and renewed / in and out 22 miles complete in 3 hours.

on Lands End Trail
8 days ago

Great views .. Crowded .. But worth trying

on Coyote Ridge Trail to Mui...
8 days ago

the views were spectacular the hills were challenging but awesome to hike we loved it there and we plan on returning. next time we're going to hike from this spot to the Golden Gate Bridge.

on Cataract Falls from Rock ...
8 days ago

hiking

Great loop! Late-August + Drought = Falls were mostly dry...but the loop was mostly shaded. It was pretty well marked. There are a few other trails that cut across, so be sure to know trail names and routes. I got tripped up at the beginning and started on Bernstein, but fairly easily hooked back onto Kent for my intended route. Kent trail was much less crowded than the Cataract trail, and there's a lovely stop at Alpine lake. No water stops along the way, so bring lots of water.

on Cataract Falls from Rock ...
9 days ago

hiking

We started at the Rock Springs parking lot in the Mt. Tamalpias State Park. We followed the Cataract Trail, stop by the beautiful Alpine Lake. We made a loop by taking the Kent Trail back. All the waterfalls were dry, but it was still a beautifully wooded and cool trail in the late summer, ascending was bit of challenging. Total distance was 9 miles and 1880 feet of elevation. Totally enjoyed.

on Lands End Trail
10 days ago

walking

Beautiful views of the Pacific. Very crowded area, but well worth the walk.

on Lands End Trail
10 days ago

Easy and amazing views!

on Lands End Trail
11 days ago

hiking

Gorgeous scenery and an easy walk if you stay on the main path. If you go to Mile Rock Beach there are lots of stairs down to the beach. Very cool. Love the views of the Golden Gate on a sunny day.

on Lands End Trail
12 days ago

hiking

Great hike overall. Trails do tend to be a bit crowded near the visitors center, and the return leg isn't too interesting but has some good views. Would reccomend going down to the beach near Mile House Rock if you don't mind climbing stairs.

on Lands End Trail
12 days ago

Easy last minute trail! Great views.

on Battery Spencer Trail
17 days ago

hiking

Easy trail, good view

on Lands End Trail
18 days ago

hiking

Not too difficult and the views and fauna are lovely.

on Blithedale Ridge Trail
19 days ago

My dog Santino and I loved this trail!

on Lands End Trail
22 days ago

hiking

Not super challenging, but so many great views and usually an easy drive from and back to Sacramento.

on Marin Headlands Rodeo Lag...
23 days ago

hiking

Fun family hike.

on Cataract Falls from Rock ...
25 days ago

hiking

Loved that the trail was marked and clear in the beginning seemingly easy at first. Then it got steep and hard and we got turned around. Our 8.5 mile hike turned into a 12 mile hike. It was very shaded which was a plus. Bring lots of water. We brought our 2 kids they did great but I'm still surprised about that. The falls and creeks were small so I can't wait to go in the spring. We went at the end of summer. Anyhow it was a great hike, do your research cause the names of the trails change. Cataract does not loop. But I'd definitely come back