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The most beautiful hike I’ve ever done!

It’s not a traditional hike, but it’s still a must-do. Be careful about not missing the parking lot. Take a look at the map and use common sense rather than blindly following the driving directions through the app. I enjoyed this trial because of the elevation gain. You start huffing a puffing! I’d love to try camping down there.

Part of this trial is a more popular because it intersects with Battery, the photo location everyone takes the quintessential Golden Gate Bridge photo at. Walking to this lookout spot after Kirby Cove is a must! Don’t worry, you won’t miss it.

I love this trail. It has many interesting features. If you go while it’s misty it adds even another element of beauty. One of my local favorites for sure.

Definitely one of my favorite trails!

The drive to the trailhead is gorgeous. I only completed a portion of the trail because I arrived so late but it was windy, with wildlife all around, and beautiful views of the coast.

Attention - the route shown is Bear Valley to Arch Rock. It does not go to Wildcat and Alamere Falls as indicated in the title, which would be a considerably longer and more strenuous hike.

This hike is good for kids if they are fairly strong hikers as it is a bit long: very easy to follow trails, shallow grades, varied and beautiful country, and a gorgeous ocean vista at the end. “Arch rock” collapsed some time ago, though, so don’t expect that.

As an alternative Bear Valley trail is very nice for biking. It is basically a fire road and very well maintained. It is a good beginner MTB ride suitable for kids but if you go fast on the downhill bits there are a few fun sections for more experienced riders too (of course be in control and conscientious of the hikers and equestrians you’ll be sharing the trail with). There is a rack at the end of the Bear Valley trail and you can hike from there. Doing it this way cuts down the time commitment considerably!

17 days ago

Such a great trail and kid friendly too, beautiful scenery

26 days ago

Stopped by hiking up Conzelman. Nice little, cozy spot with great views of GG Bridge

Great hike! I’d go again, but do NOT bring a dog. I brought mine, and we ended up pulling about 50 ticks off of him!

Great day with the family. Plenty of places to go and things to see. Lighthouse, trails, Mammal research Center...and the view!

Good for solo hike

Great if you are backpacking to one of the camps. Route on recording is longer than needed. Continue on Glen Trial to Coast Glen Spur/Stewart Trial for quickest route (6.4) to Wildcat Camp. Monitor tide chart but the Beach Walk is best! If you are going for a day hike for the falls start at Palomarin.

2 months ago

Great hike with great views of golden gate! Make sure to stop by Battery viewpoint! You fee like you are touching the bridge. The beach at the end is awesome! There were a few people there which was super nice :)

2 months ago

Amazing for a first hike on Mt.Tam! Loved the varied terrain from forest to ocean view. A treat for the kid in you to hike down stairs, to the creek, over bridges and then to climb a 10 rung sturdy ladder. Take your time and enjoy!

2 months ago

Fun easy little hike

My favorite backyard hiking area! Easily end up with 15-20 miles. Coastal scenery is top notch, especially sunrise/sunset hikes. Lots of challenging hills to choose from. Great day hike

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous views. Awesome beach at the end. Almost no people. A lot of picnic tables with spectacular views.

It was sooo hard! (Hiking that many miles) we thought out endurance level was great. But this trail proved us wrong. Haha. Would I do it again? No. Only if my endurance level is higher(; but the wild life on the trail was amazing. And the views were breath taking(:

Quite an easy trail area with plenty of beautiful scenery and shaded parts for cooling down. Due to its proximity to the Pacific, the peaks can be very windy but refreshing so hold on to your hats when you reach any open high altitude areas. Some parts of the area allow pets, however this one DOES NOT ALLOW PETS.

camping
3 months ago

Great hike to bring people from out of town. It’s easy & gorgeous! Makes for great memorable pics.

3 months ago

This was a quick down and back hike .8 miles each way. My dad and I took a long lunch break on a Friday for this route. going in the middle of the day made for easier parking and it wound up a perfect break from the work day!

Was recommended to this by a co worker. It was a nice scenic drive, however, when you start getting close to the lighthouse the roads aren’t great. Not terrible, but not great. Lighthouse was going through remodeling so we were only able to see from atop. Great to go and see it once, but probably won’t venture out there again. Very overcast.

Golden gate national recreational park is beautiful. If you’re looking to enjoy the nature though, don’t do this hike. You’re walking along the road almost the entire time if you follow this “trail”. Also, the lighthouse doesn’t even open until 1230, so if you’re looking to make this a part of your hike, you’ll have to go in the afternoon.

4 months ago

At first you go uphill for about 1/2 a mile and then you start heading downhill. You end up at a beach which is BEAUTIFUL! Coming back the road is steep, but not difficult.

4 months ago

Love this hike, and I’m biased because it’s where my husband proposed. ❤️

Beautiful trail for running/hiking. Park at Stinson Beach parking lot (2-3 free electric car chargers are available; advisable to get there before 10am, otherwise quickly claimed). To get to Dipsea trail head, locate Parkside Cafe (faces the beach), and walk in front of it so you’ll be on Adrenal Ave. Walk up Adrenal (if you’re back is to the beach, make a right on Adrenal), to the trail head (~3 min walk).

birding
4 months ago

A must do when visiting SF and wanting to see the Golden Gate. Lots of tourist traffic and signs warning of break ins. Dont let it deter you from taking this brief walk up the hill. You will see new plantings and construction efforts to maintain the habitat for a butterfly. A few stairs, an uphill trot, and some neat tunnels to walk through. We saw many hawks and ravens. Fun for sightseeing.

Beautiful

backpacking
4 months ago

Gorgeous hike from misty, mossy woods to the ocean, and I would recommend doing it CLOCKWISE as we did, rather than counterclockwise as is listed here. The Sky and Coastal trails were beautiful but the Woodland trail in between was poorly maintained and would have been really awful to do uphill rather than downhill as we did. Covering your legs is a must, particularly for the Woodland trail part of the hike. Accidentally took the Coastal trail back so was unable to see the Muddy Hollow trail.

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