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 61 moderate trails in Golden Gate National Recreation Area ranging from 0.6 to 15.1 miles and from 9 to 1,683 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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beach

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forest

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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.

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2 days ago

This hike offered a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge both with fog and once burned off. Lots of people but the visitor centre staff were very helpful. It was easily accessible by city transit so no parking problems.

Picked a beautiful day and the views to the south of San Francico including the airport in detail and the E. Bay and part of Christal Springs Resevoir were stunning. At the top the Pacific wasn’t too bad looking itself. Trail is actually an old paved road bending as it climbs. Gave me a solid challenging walk but my dog was unphased. Sides of the road had a fine smorgasboard of native plants in good health.

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bugs
no shade
over grown
2 days ago

Great view!! Bugs kinda got to us and our dog overheated, but overall beautiful !!

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off trail
rocky
3 days ago

I’m a dog owner and love hiking with my pup, so the fact that it’s dog friendly is great. The fact that no one picks up their dog shit is not. I have never seen such a dirty trail. Also it gas a ton of those spiky little balls that got stuck in our dogs paws and we were constantly removing them. Otherwise nice views and pretty easy trail with some steep areas that are slippery due to the dirt.

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no shade
rocky
5 days ago

Great ocean views

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bugs
over grown
5 days ago

OK trail. No viewpoints at all, and very overgrown for at least %30 of the loop. Was out on a nice Sunday and saw 1 other person the whole time. The forest setting is beautiful. Saw 2 snakes. If you go clockwise, the last 4 miles are pretty boring. There’s only parking for ~3 cars at the trailhead. If you’re going to Pablo Point - as of 9/7/19, the trail is totally impassable.

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rocky
5 days ago

Nice hike. At the end it is a bit of a steep drop and trail turns from nice to a bit over grown.

Park in the visitors parking lot and walk over. Generally a really nice trail with a few steep hikes and a nice view at the halfway point. Would recommend going clockwise; don’t recommend crossing the highway where specified when leaving the beach. We went around to the next stop and used an underpass by the golf course rather than crossing a 4 lane highway without a stop light.

Went to brake in some new boots. Trail was more of a road and it was pretty busy. Nice variety of terrain and views.

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no shade
6 days ago

MAYBE 1/10th off the hike is hard, rest is easy to moderate. Decent views when you get to Rodeo beach.Took about 2hrs each way, although coming back from Rodeo beach seemed easier.

Easy hike. Pretty cool bunkers up top.

Great hike for a foggy day because there's no shade. Highly recommend taking the Pirates Cove off shoot down to the beach, it's steep but worth it.

I did this trail today 09/05/2019. I went clockwise and added a side trip down to Kirby Cove and back. The views of the bridge, the bay, the ocean, and the city are awesome. It will be cold and windy on Hawk Hill and Slacker Hill so be prepared. Heavy fog can roll in at any time so be aware that if you're unlucky enough to be in a fog bank you may not see a thing. My trip counting Kirby Cove came in at 9.2 miles and 2031' of climbing. Not a bad way to spend a few hours. Note 1: If you go counter-clockwise as Alltrails shows you have to climb about 700 feet of steps up the west side of Hawk Hill. Note 2: As others have noted about half or more of this hike is walking along a paved road or walking a fire access road. Not much of this hike is an actual back-country trail. Note 3: The Conzelman Road leg of this hike will be crazy with tourists. Just remember you're one of them.

hiking
10 days ago

Easy hike with nice side excursions to the beach or to an overlook but it is very heavily traveled what with bus after bus of tourists coming into the visitor center parking lot.

Not sure why the Alltrails description says forest because it's more like moor with a few eucalyptus trees. Not much shade. There is a little parking at the trail head. More than half is paved road but that makes the steep bits easier. Some very strong wind on the ascent. Absolutely stunning views of the Bay and the sea, hugely worth the climb.

hiking
11 days ago

Awesome view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the beach down below

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rocky
11 days ago

I love this trail! It was so adorable and the views and path was beautiful. There was a lot of fog, which made the hike very refreshing and cool - it was nice to not be in the direct sun! We went at around noon and it took us about an hour and 15 minutes to finish the loop. There were other people hiking the loop as well, but it was by no means and overwhelming amount or anything that took away from our enjoyment. The beaches down below are stunning with the bluffs and dark sand. There were quite a few steep uphills and a lot of stew downhills that were a bit difficult and moderate level, but they were doable and we didn’t fall at all. The views were pretty diverse as well. Overall, I 100% percent recommend this amazing and cute hike!!!

Great hike on a foggy summer day

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no shade
rocky
11 days ago

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no shade
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hiking
13 days ago

One of my favorites!

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