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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.

Excellent trail beautiful scenery a must to see sunset breath taking

We hiked the full loop clockwise, AllTrails says 7.5 miles / 1811ft elevation gain / 4hr 42min. The time includes a brief water snack break at the lake, and a few stops along the way. This route is a more gradual hike down to the lake, and a slightly steeper, tougher hike in the second half. Which was is easier? Hard to say. I kept wondering how the heck we are STILL going downward?! And how the climb back up/out was going to be brutal! I was stunned by how much water was flowing! Even compared to Hawaii's waterfalls, it was really going. And beautiful! It had rained the night before, but still, amazing. In spite of that, the trail was not too wet or muddy. So many cool little bridges, and cascades. Hope I can hike it again before I leave the Bay.

Love this great trail with wonderful views.

World class!

Great views of the SF and the bay with some impressive rock outcropping and Tam peeking over.

The beginning is a moderate incline climb, then evens out. Cool views from the top in both clear and foggy days.

One of my favorite things about SF is that you can live in the city, and at any point easily bike out here. This trail is incredibly beautiful; the ruins of the Sutro Baths were the most breathtaking part of the trail. Parts of the Cliff House railbed are preserved along the trail - imagine taking the train along these cliffs! It must have been a marvelous era, when safety wasn't such a big concern. Along the trail, you can see where the Yelamu Ohlone tribe once lived, hunting, fishing and gathering along the coast. Beware that you might not see shipwrecks if the tide is high – I didn't, though the lighthouse was visible.

Such a beautifull place but it's kinda of a hard trail bring lots of water too the last half of the trail is nothing but uphill so be ready for a strong finish

25 days ago

What a view!!!

hiking
26 days ago

Nice trail for the first 2.5 miles. Great views nice walking surface. Then it breaks out onto the roads of mill valley.
I didn't expect to do 3 miles on the shoulder of the road. It seems this trail is for mountain bikers. In the future I will turn around after the first 2.5 and weave my way back up the ridge. On the plus side the walk over the road was really nice. Nice houses through a dense forest valley but not good shelter from cars speeding by and not really a hike.

i really enjoyed this trail. lots of views and the weather was changing. dogs are allowed in leash. good uphill and downhill. i love this area.