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Nice scenery, easy stroll up and down the hills. Husband and I had a good conversation about the history of Lover's Lane Trail. The trail has paved walkways, mostly, if I recalled correctly.

hiking
26 days ago

Hiked up here today (started in Stern Grove and did a big 5.5 mile loop, including a stretch through the mansions in St. Johns Wood neighborhood). Amazingly clear day, almost no wind at all. Saw a 2' long garter snake on the top of Mt. Davidson! Panoramic views taking in Sutro Tower/Twin Peaks to the north, downtown SF to the northeast, south of Mission, south SF, over to Brisbane... As well as clear views of the East Bay, including Mt. Diablo way off in the distance. In the western direction we could see some of the Farallon Islands as well. My wife prefers this location over Twin Peaks because there are no cars and no crowds -- it's a lot more peaceful!

on Fort Funston Trail

29 days ago

Great place to bring your pup! Fun running in the dunes - great views

1 month ago

Great trail. Starting with North Ridge trail begins you with many stairs but it is by far the hardest part of the entire trail so you get it out of the way quickly. The top views on Mt. Livermore is literally 360 and gorgeous. Make sure you bring water and sun screen- as it gets more open and less opportunities of shade as you go up.

Taking Sunset trail down sets you up for great views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

A few animal sightings- deer, lizards, birds, and little rodent friends. Make sure you keep track of time- I hiked up and ran down the other end which made for a good workout going down as well! Would totally do it again and will probably bring new comers to the area!

This is more of a dog park than a trail. Great if you like dogs. To be avoided if you don’t like dogs or are running.

gorgeous views. lots of sand and dogs

trail running
1 month ago

Beautiful beach to run

hiking
1 month ago

Super when it's not foggy or windy. Woof!

Beautiful views on nice, well marked trails. A hidden gem

Deviated a bit from the trail to add inspiration point since it was so close. A bit hilly for about 2/3 of the trail. Beautiful views of trees esp lovers lane. Great afternoon hike!

Great with kiddos or visitors.

Beautiful views of the Pacific, but too many dogs off leash to be a favorite for me.

hiking
3 months ago

We did this hike last year and loved it. It went a lot faster than I expected. The cross at the top was fun to see in person (and not just in Dirty Harry). A great SF stroll.

BEST dog park in the Bay!

This was cooler than I was expecting. Great view from the stairs. It's quite a workout coming back up all the steps. I'd improve this by checking out Presidio as well.

trail running
3 months ago

It is for the paved road running, not trail running. The loop is a perfect distance to train for a half Marathon. It is relatively flat, so I can maintain a very steady pace. The trail has enough barrier/room from the roads next to it, so the passing traffic doesn’t bother me, and there isn’t much car exhaust smell at all. I love it for a running trail (I probably wouldn’t enjoy it as much as a walking trail).

walking
3 months ago

Very fun trail, a lot to see, especially the hang gliders. Not strenuous, good for a walk in most weather.

Nike Missile base is just a dirt patch

Yet to see a hang glider land

Great views, lots of exposure; poison oak galore

Amazing views of all sides of the bay. A steep start. Picnic tables at the top. Worth going to summit of mt Livermore

4 months ago

I did this hike alone and really enjoyed it. It’s pretty easy to do, mostly up hill but with the most amazing views and lovely nature along the way. I got there on the 10am (ish) ferry and managed to get on the 12pm ferry back to San Francisco.
The views from the top are totally worth the hike. There were also some fun animals along the way, interesting birds and lizards! Would recommend on a clear day so you can make the most of the views!!

4 months ago

The views are remarkable... a 360 view of the Bay from the middle of it!

I took a detour from the trail to visit the immigration Center. At the top of the stairs on the North ridge trail, I made a left and went about a mile along the perimeter road to it's entrance. I read the signage around the harbor then did a self-guided tour of the barracks. (Bring cash for entry!) It was a good, visceral reminder of our problematic history with immigrants.

From the Immigration Center I continued for a short time on the perimeter road to a fire road on the right. I followed that yo the Ida Trail that was marked as "to Mt. Livermore". This was a mostly uphill, exposed stretch. A bit hot, but incomparable and unobstructed views of East Bay, Bay Bridge, Treasure Island, SF, and Golden Gate bridge. At the top, the trail met up with the sunset trail.

The sunset trail was mostly level and transitioned from grasses to oak and bay tree coverage. Once in the trees, it was a steady decline back to Ayala Cove.

I had time to read about the island's history and varied uses at the visitor center and a beer at the cafe before my ferry departure.

A great day to enjoy the Bay area and learn some new things about the area.

Lovely unexpected views! Lots of poison oak on the trails, wear long pants

6-20-18 hike with my son and had a great day. Took to 10am Tiburon Ferry ($15 each) and started trail by 10:45. The trail going up to 788 feet is about what you would expect, except the views of the bay were spectacular. Also, went to the immigration station as a point of interest and history. Saw a mole on the trail, it was dead but still cool. This hike is all about the views.

Hiked it and biked it. Great scenery and the occasional history lesson regarding the islands, days a fort.

on Ocean Beach

fishing
5 months ago

Great views. Windy in April-June. Sunsets are the best in the city. I fish here often as well.

Great longer hike that's still close to the city. Beautiful views of San Francisco and the water along with wildflowers.

5 months ago

Dogs not allowed on half of this trail. View is great, trail is nice. But once the trail crosses trail line highway there are signs posted: no dogs allowed.

Beautiful views along the ridge trail and highly recommended as an orientation to the area. Only downside is the north/western part of the loop trail is not well maintained and is constricted with vegetation... leading to wet pants from the dew in the morning or exposure to cuts if wearing shorts. I recommend taking the direct portion of the loop trail (heads directly south from the trailhead) versus the longer route to the west which is not well maintained.

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