Walk Across the Golden Gate Bridge is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near San Francisco, CA that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
Walk or bike across one of the most beautiful bridges in the world with great views of San Francisco in the distance The Golden Gate Bridge is thought by many to be one of the most beautiful bridges in the world, and the opportunity to walk or bike across at least part of it should not be missed. The bridge spans 1.7 miles, but most people only walk to the first tower and back again. If you are feeling more adventurous, walk across the bridge and continue under the bridge up to Hendrik Point for a great view of the bridge with the San Francisco skyline in the background. The Golden Gate Bridge was open to the public on May 28, 1937. It spans 1.7 miles across the gap between San Francisco and Marin and is 90 feet wide. It's average height above the water is 220 feet, with the two towers rising up to 746 feet above sea level; more than 80,000 miles of wire were used in the bridge. The bridge cost $35 million to construct and was the longest suspension bridge in the world, holding the title almost 30 years until 1964 when it was overcome by the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in New York. Nineteen men fell off the bridge while it was being built, but there was a safety net in place to catch them. They were later known as the "Half Way to Hell Club" because of their near-death experiences. On its 50th anniversary the bridge was closed to cars and opened to pedestrians who were packed like sardines trying to walk around. The weight of the dense crowd was significantly more than the bridge is used to with cars (the cars are much more spaced out), and the curved bridge became temporarily flat until the weight was lifted.
One of my favorite places on earth. I've only walked it once with a close friend. On the same day we took the ferry out and hiked a couple of hikes on Angel Island. I was born at Letterman and something draws me to the area. I enjoyed many days being at the helm of my boat looking up at the beautiful Golden Gate on my way out to the open sea...
Great and very memorable walk. Do not miss when in SF! Be prepared for high winds.
Everyone must do this at least once. It's one of the most iconic bridges in the world. Looks great in any kind of weather. Beware, for it is very popular and there will be many others walking along side you. Keep an hear out for anytime you hear the bridge being closed down, because they often keep it open to visitors. I went with the bridge closed down once and it was wonderful to experience the majestic bridge without the rumblings of the traffic.
Everyone should do this walk at least once.
We walked the bridge during its 75th anniversary year: http://www.goldengatebridge75.org/. It’s just an awesome walk. It opened May 27th, 1937 and has a fascinating history. Joseph B. Strauss headed up the project and learned a lot about bridges during the $35M and four years it took to build. He dedicated the bridge with a poem:
“At last the mighty task is done; Resplendent in the western sun The Bridge looms mountain high; Its titan piers grip ocean floor, Its great steel arms link shore with shore, Its towers pierce the sky.”
Here are some more interesting facts - http://mentalfloss.com/article/64379/20-awesome-facts-about-golden-gate-bridge.
Driving from the city, make sure you take the last right turn just before you reach the toll booth area. Good parking lot, visitor center and bridge access is here. It can be crowded and hard to find a spot, but wait as people come and go constantly. It was a foggy, windy day and gave us the full SF Golden Gate Bridge bucket list experience. Not to miss.
Walking the golden gate bridge is a highlight of any trip to San Francisco. I have only walked it a handful of times and I have lived here my entire life. It can be pretty windy on the bridge, so wear a jacket or wind breaker.
The views of the Marin headlands are great and you can see Angel Island, Alcatraz, and the entire skyline of downtown SF.