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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.

What an amazing hike! The views are absolutely breathtaking! FYI : Part of the trail ends near Rockaway Beach to where you are required to cross a busy freeway intersection to continue on at Mori point.

I spoke with the kind owner of the property that links these two trails. He requested that no one use the private road that links the two trails. This is for the security and safety of his workers and more importantly, the security of the food that is distributed to the public that he is growing on his land. Please respect this request. Enjoy these beautiful trails and please do not take this road. Great trails, beautiful views

on Lands End Trail

hiking
3 days ago

Lands End trail was so pure and beautiful, you get caught up on the view throughout this moderate hike, I know it can be hard during the worlds most difficult times always stay safe. Overall my body and mind felt at peace!

All in all, this was an incredible hike. Don't consider this hike if you have weak knees or anything else as it's not for the physically faint at heart. I experienced this hike on a Sunday during the Covid 19 self distancing measures put in place locally and globally. Ironically, many Bay Area residents had the same self distancing thoughts I did, so trail traffic was ironically very heavy. The only bad side to this hike was an experience with someone's vicious dog (the owner was even more aggressive!) that tried to maul me. As such, I will likely avoid areas of high dog/people traffic without some form of protection ( pepper spray or road flare will deter a dangerous dog or human)

hiking
no shade
5 days ago

Loved it - flat in most areas, steep inclines every now and again to make you feel like you’re putting in some effort. Great views, great breeze, peaceful ocean sounds. Easy to stay away from fellow hikers (6 ft+). Small parking lot for this particular trailhead.

Awesome trail. There is a weird section that goes right on a main road for about .3 miles but once you get past that and up on the ridge line it is spectacular

This was an awesome, quick trail! If you don’t want a steep climb, start the trail away from the beach. It’s a wonderful place to just hang out by the beach or listen to the lagoon and bird watch.

hiking
no shade
scramble
6 days ago

hiking
off trail
6 days ago

Parked at Kelly’s Cove Ocean Beach, Land Ends Trail/Coastal Trail and ended up at Bakers Beach! The trail is well maintained, stunning scenic views of the Ocean and Golden Gate Bridge. We also stopped by the Labyrinth and it was absolutely beautiful, peaceful in this area. I’d definitely hike this trail again!

Big loop: up to the ridge and then down to Muir Beach along the Coastal Trail, inland along Green Gulch, up Middle Green Gulch to Coyote Ridge, then down and back to the car on Miwok. Wildflowers were just starting to bloom—another 2-3 weeks and they should be out in full.

hiking
over grown
7 days ago

Nice afternoon in the woods. No views but peaceful. About 4 1/2 hours total, long but steady, nothing very steep. Muddy in places but manageable

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing views of the bay and Golden Gate Bridge. Small detours down to the beach offer nice place to watch the waves. There were cool mussels and starfish to explore down on Lands End beach. Lots of people today, and many dogs too. Overall great experience!

hiking
muddy
9 days ago

Totally stunning but stay on the trail map!

Beautiful and super easy. Always a Good idea to come see The view of the bridge and the amazing cypress trees.

Great ocean views! One of my favorite “go-to” locations when it’s sunny and warm.

hiking
12 days ago

Read a review how the beginning from the parking lot was a bit steep and then it cooled after that, and I would agree. I was hoping to find the brewery that someone mentioned in a different review - still can't... :(. Hike is great though! A quick ~3miles

hiking
closed
12 days ago

Couldn’t goto black sand beach - closed for couple days as of 03/15/20 Should be open soon so took a detour & went on to coastal trail panoramic views of the city!! Beautiful trail all over

When a trail includes views of the ocean, I'm hooked! The stairs are tough but worth the effort to get that view at the top. Check out the historic bunkers for a nice break. my least favorite portion of the trail is the last third. In descent, you join the wide fire road that is used by bikes and sometimes they aren't so great at announcing they will be passing you. Stay to the right and you'll be fine. I do enjoy the final mile or so through the below-sea-level wetland space. the temperatures drop slightly (and have your big spray ready) there is mostly no shade on this trail and there are some steep portions with loose rocks. I love my hiking poles as added support for those moments.

A gorgeous representation of a hike along the coastal rocky cliffs of Marin.

hiking
16 days ago

This is a beautiful beautiful hike!! I just wish that people would keep their dogs "on leash" like it says!!

Great views. Fun, quick easy/moderate loop. The steps down to the beach are a little iffy at the bottom so use a careful step.

hiking
no shade
over grown
rocky
scramble
17 days ago

We did this hike on Sunday and started out late around 1pm and finished at 7pm. Our phone recorded the total of this hike as 12.1 miles. Maybe that includes the times when we went off trails and had to trek back few times? We finished the whole loops plus more in 6 hours; that includes lunch break and all the many stops we did to campsite some pics. We started from the trailhead next to Skyline College parking lot B and started out way up and down then up the straits to the fork. Then we started the loop counterclockwise as we wanted to reach the beach first. Then up the steep hill and scramblers down steep hills right on the cliff, making our way to the next beach where the took our lunch break. We met another hiker who has been sitting at the foot of the cliff as we landed down; she sprained her ankle and waited for her husband to come and help. I hope she’s ok. The part where we had to walk along the highway wasn’t our favorite. Also it was tricky to find the trailhead for the other half of the hike after we left the beach where we had lunch. We crossed the street and walked along the sidewalk then realized we were off trails and had to trek back to find the trail head. There was no sign whatsoever. We finally find it just behind the church!! From here on, it’s all straight uphill back to the fork we where we started, then we made our way down back the way we came, to the parking lot. It was strenuous and technical hike. Definitely not for beginner. On the positive side, the views are amazing! I’ll do this same hike all over again. We were actually the only persons on the trail half way through. We only met one biker on our way up back to Notch trail.

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