Lake Merced Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Francisco, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
A paved loop, this trail is popular for joggers, and road bikers. A beautiful loop for a nice day, its a popular spot to walk your dog.
As others have said, more akin to walking down the street on the sidewalk than walking around a lake on a path. would be a good biking path for little kids, though.
Lots of traffic especially east side. Cut through Harding golf course for a breath of fresh air
It's a nice paved road circuit, but too many cars do go by here since it's right next to the main Streets and highway. the noise here is so loud that it gets you to the point where you wish you could find a place that was quiet. bring earphones to drown out the noise. Definitely safe to do it considering you don't need to cross the street in oncoming traffic.
Traffic is beside you on the whole loop. The lake is beautiful but it's not as peaceful as other trails.
College kids littered everywhere, but they are usually absorbed in their own worlds (as per usual). Good stretch to walk/run/bike, and a pull-up bar station if you are feeling squirrelly enough.