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Best trails in Golden Gate National Recreation Area

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Looking for a great trail in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California? AllTrails has 93 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 62 moderate trails in Golden Gate National Recreation Area ranging from 1 to 15.1 miles and from 0 to 1,683 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Park information
Acreage:
74820 acres
Park hours
Monday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
All day
Thursday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Contact
(415) 561-4700
Top trails (93)
#1 - Lands End Trail
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
Lands End Trail explores the historic Sutro Baths and offers brilliant view of the Pacific. A must see for any visitor to San Francisco. This is the wildest, rockiest corner of San Francisco. A cornShow more
#2 - Rodeo Beach Coastal Trail Loop
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
Note: Rodeo beach and the road to get there (Bunker Rd) are currently closed related to COVID-19. Instead users report that you can park at “Coastal Trail Parking and Restroom” off of McCullough Road Show more
#3 - Mori Point Loop Trail
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
Just a short distance down the coast from the city of San Francisco, Pacifica is where the concrete truly ends and gives way to green hills and dramatic coastal scenery. Mori Point is a great placeShow more
#4 - Pirate's Cove
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 2 h
Pirate's Cove is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mill Valley, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for Show more
#5 - Kirby Cove
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
Kirby Cove is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, in the Marin Headlands, just west of the Golden Gate Bridge and is located eight miles north of downtown San Francisco, at historic BattShow more
#6 - California Coastal Trail: Lands End to Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 13 m
Hike along the Coastal Trail from the Cliff House at Lands End to the Golden Gate Bridge This section of the California Coastal Trail runs from the Cliff House near the Sutro Baths all the way to theShow more
#7 - Mori Point and Sweeney Ridge Loop Trail via Skyline College
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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Length: 9.4 mi • Est. 5 h 18 m
As of May 2020, parking lot is currently closed due to COVID 19. Please check with the park for more information. A nice trek along the Ridge and then down to the coast and looping back up to the RidShow more
#8 - Muir Beach to Rodeo Beach
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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Length: 11.3 mi • Est. 6 h 53 m
As of July 01, 2020, users have reported that the Pirates Cove trail is closed for maintenance, but you can take a brief detour on the Coastal Trail. Please see the park's website for up to date inforShow more
#9 - Tennessee Valley Golden Gate Loop Trail
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 3 h 5 m
Take the Tennessee Valley trail all the way to Muir Beach. After a stroll through the headland valleys, nothing is better than dipping your toes into the cool Pacific. Show more
#10 - Sweeney Ridge Trail via Sneath Lane
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 4 h 14 m
Explores the wonders of Sweeny Ridge. The Ridge trail offers excellent views of the Pacific Ocean and the San Andreas Reservoir. Of the three different approaches to Sweeney Ridge, the gently ascendiShow more
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