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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.

beautiful easy trail!!

1 day ago

One of my favorite trails in the city and a major reason why I love living here. The views are stunning. Well worth the effort.

It is a very lovely trail. I have done this trail several times in July - August. Great weather and great views. Its bit of a hill with a grand end at a lovely cliff enclosed beach.

Stunning views! Lots of options for trails and exploring! Will be back soon!

Absolutely beautiful. We will be going back sometime in the near future.

The hike was easy yet enjoyable, and the views were great. Packed a wind jacket for this and it was a blessing to have.

7 days ago

- My 7 and 10 years old kids enjoyed this hike, especially the adventurous rocky descent to pirate cove beach and climbing back up! This is what makes this trail fun and unique!
- Perfect distance (1.8 miles, from Muir beach) to Pirate cove for a morning snack, then back to Muir beach for a picnic lunch! (3.6 miles total)
- We took the flight of stairs, as a shortcut from Muir beach to the coastal trail and down to Muir beach, on the way back.
- Beautiful scenic views, saw two bunnies, and a snake!

7 days ago

Très jolie balade à 30 min de San Francisco. Dommage d’avoir à longer la route en fin de promenade.

Parking: parked at trailhead parking on west side of bridge about 11:30.
Took slacker hill to hawk hill, with a detour to black sands beach, which I would definitely recommend if the weather is nice! Nice ups and downs - enough to get a workout but not enough to kill you. Gorgeous views of the golden gate and Marin headlands.
Would take the loop counter clockwise -you end with a gentle 2 mike descent with beautiful views. Nice way to end the hike!

Fun trail, not super difficult, get an early start, when the sun is out it gets pretty hot, there's no shady spots on the trail. I started at 10am and got a little tan. I went counter clockwise, uphill at the beginning, pretty easy inbetween and then uphill again for the finale.

9 days ago

Really neat for a hike in the city, you don't feel like these gorgeous views can be so close to the metropolitan area. We were able to park right at the bottom of the trail on a weekday, but it was still quite busy. Wonderful if you don't mind passing tons of people on your nature walks, but we did pass tons of people. It's rated moderate because there are stairs. Look for smaller trails going down to the beach below, you can get a better view of the gg bridge, but watch out for homeless that hang out there and harass people. Worth it, would do it again, not the quietest or most serene.
Bathrooms available at the visitor center, parking is free.

9 days ago

Amazing views, not too steep, can accommodate kids.

10 days ago

Excellent views of the bridge from many different vantage points.

Beautiful and scenic trail! Add this one to your list if you haven’t already! :)

Incredibly beautiful

Prepare for a steep, hot start! My legs hurt for days after this one. The good thing is that it's only steep for a little bit and then flattens out and winds through shady trees.

12 days ago

It's a good hiking, with some easy and some hard (moderate) parts and the most beautiful views!

Beautiful hike! The views are stunning. You get a steep hike at first and a nice downhill at the end. Reference your map as it’s easy to go off the trail. Go early too! We started at 8 am and it was perfect!

Nice climb to the top of the ridge although it is exclusively on a road; once you get to the trees at the top the trail gets a bit more interesting with a view of The Farallones. We walked the horse trail on the way back which provides for a more rugged experience.

Loved this trail, I just completed it today. By far one of the most scenic routes and had amazing views. The hills were a bit of a struggle but it was all worth it in the end.

13 days ago

Nice, short historic trail that traverses an historic battery and then to an up close and personal view of the GGB. I give it 3 stars for the crowds, 4 stars for the view.

13 days ago

Great hike with wonderful views and some incredible Bay Area history. Not difficult but not flat by any means. A perfect hike for a sunny day in the Bay. This would be a good hike to go on and bring a small picnic with you.

My favorite evening/sunset trail. There's a lot of steep, rocky areas to scramble up so I wouldn't recommend this trail if it rained recently. Beautiful views and not too heavily trafficked (although it's usually empty around sunset).

Nice trail. Easy to moderate areas. Really small parking lot, but other lot near the hotel and beach. Lots of tall grassy areas so watch out for ticks. When we got home, I found a tick on me and in my dog's armpit.

Great hike. Rattlesnake crossed the path!

20 days ago

Very easy hike w amazing coastal views

Absolutely loved this hike! So much to see and do. There is something for everyone. Moderate hike with amazing views.

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