Explore the most popular birding trails in Golden Gate National Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

23 hours ago

I remember hiking here 40 years ago ... only tiny dirt trails. How time changes. Beautiful nevertheless

1 day ago

Have done this a couple of times. Awesome trail, even in the fog when you can't see the bridge. Great views, cool terrain, varying elevations. We parked next to the golf course and also near the Sutro baths and Cliff House. Pines, eucalyptus, other interesting trees, smooth path, nice places to contemplate.

2 days ago

Stunning views of the Golden Gate! Walked from the Sutro Baths to the view point at the other side of Land's End, then carried on via Camino Del Mar to the trailhead of the Golden Gate Bridge trail from Baker Beach. Quite the hike if you combine the two!

The trail going the hill from Tennessee beach is closed. We had to backtrack to the coastal trail.

Great hiking trail with beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge!

3 days ago

Great views and perfect Sunday distance

on Lands End Trail

3 days ago

Awesome and conveniently accessible! Ample parking at Sutro Baths. It’s always busy but wait around for 10 min and a spot always clears up. The path is mostly soil and some rocks, especially up and down the cliff side to the beach. Super easy hike if you stay up top, moderately challenging stairs if you go down to the beach. Full of scenic views, dogs, and families. Make sure to explore Sutro Baths as well!

beautiful easy trail!!

5 days 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.

10 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!

10 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.

12 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.

13 days ago

Amazing views, not too steep, can accommodate kids.

13 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

16 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.

17 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).

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