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.

trail running
13 hours ago

Makes for an amazing view once you pass the hay bales and go further down towards the bridge.

camping
13 hours ago

Great hike to bring people from out of town. It’s easy & gorgeous! Makes for great memorable pics.

hiking
14 hours ago

September is our summer. Easy and pleasant morning hike with clear skies and beautiful views towards Tomales Bay.

5 stars for the birds, so many kinds!
And 4 stars for part of the trail so close with drive way, I don’t like to breathe cars;)

hiking
1 day ago

Stunning and accessible

Long hike that goes along the coast. Gets crowded by noon. Was foggy the entire time I hiked, so no views, but I could see how it would be gorgeous on a clear day.

2 days ago

This was a quick down and back hike .8 miles each way. My dad and I took a long lunch break on a Friday for this route. going in the middle of the day made for easier parking and it wound up a perfect break from the work day!

on Lands End Trail

hiking
5 days ago

The view never grows old. Elevation is just right.

Free and plentiful parking. Trail starts at a beach where you can enjoy watching surfers. Heads steadily up and actually away from the coast - follow signs for trail, or if you choose get sidetracked on the smaller trails that run closer to the coast- just know they don’t necessarily connect back to this trail. On clear days you’re rewarded with views and on foggy days with ethereal beauty - can’t go wrong.

hiking
7 days ago

Nearly got my left foot bitten off by a sea lion. Needless to say he won't be swimming straight for a while. Absolutely gorgeous trail, bring along sustenance to snack by the ocean and meditate.

Beautiful views. Nice for an easy stroll.

I would rate this as moderate simply due to the few inclines and declines and the loose ground. They’re short bursts but enough to take it out of the easy category.

Sadly the trail has been destroyed with dog poop. I was disgusted by the sheer volume of poop we encountered. I was there with my dog and I had to ensure she didn’t stand on any. Ugh, people of California - please TAKE CARE of our coastline trails! 郎

Great views, but be careful with dogs or kids as some sections cut very close to the edge! I

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful trail with beautiful views. I’ve been here twice in 3 weeks. I love it. Good for children also.

hiking
14 days ago

Not too crowded for mid-day Sunday. Great hike if you want something quick with great views and a good mix of up hill/down hill. Seems like it’d be great for trail running too.

Beautiful 2hr loop.

Great trails for all, you can make it difficult to moderate. Lots of stairs going down to the ocean. Beautiful views, however the downfall is how many people were there. Everyone was friendly and politely passed the slower people. Lots of dogs through the trails, not all on leashes.

At first you go uphill for about 1/2 a mile and then you start heading downhill. You end up at a beach which is BEAUTIFUL! Coming back the road is steep, but not difficult.

16 days ago

Love this hike, and I’m biased because it’s where my husband proposed. ❤️

birding
18 days ago

A must do when visiting SF and wanting to see the Golden Gate. Lots of tourist traffic and signs warning of break ins. Dont let it deter you from taking this brief walk up the hill. You will see new plantings and construction efforts to maintain the habitat for a butterfly. A few stairs, an uphill trot, and some neat tunnels to walk through. We saw many hawks and ravens. Fun for sightseeing.

Awesome views of the ocean and golden gate. Downside is how much foot traffic there is.

walking
19 days ago

Very short hike which yields a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, Angel Island, Alcatraz, and San Francisco. It was a bit foggy when we ascended. It’s also very windy at the top. It took us all of 15 minutes of slow walking up a steep incline for this picturesque view

Nice variety, lots of scenic vistas. There are lots of parking lots along the trail, so there are constantly a lot of people doing shorter hikes and carrying things to the beach. At times it was one step away from waiting in line to pass the steep parts. A lot of the hikers were unprepared for steep sandy slopes so dealing with people half-falling down the downhills was also a negative for me.

hiking
20 days ago

Listed as moderate, but I would say on the easier side of moderate, especially if you choose not to descend to the beach. One of the most scenic hikes I have done south of the bridge (only done 7 so far). There is no doubt I will do this one again and recommend to friends. Interestingly, I found the many folks that were on this trail were by far more friendly than other trails in the bay area. Great hike and close to many other great activities in Park and Presidio.

Nice hike, with beautiful views but it is not easy. I’d rate it moderate.

breathtaking view after breathtaking view. hands down best scenic hike we’ve been on to date. not a lot of work but a lot of reward. if your dog is friendly, this is the perfect place for you!

Fun and easy hike. Gets crowded on Saturday especially when the weather is nice. Will do it again since it’s just minutes away from my home.

hiking
27 days ago

I started hiking the Land’s End Trail and continued on to the Golden Gate Bridge. It was a beautiful day in March and while there were many people at the bridge, the foot traffic was moderate on the trail. Take care as you navigate traffic on some of the surface streets. I think up & back was about 8 to 8 1/2 miles. It is an easy hike/walk and the views are beautiful.

walking
27 days ago

Pleasant little trail, nothing too exciting.

on Lands End Trail

hiking
27 days ago

Great walk, beautiful weather. probably won't be doing it again but that is because of the traffic getting in and out of SF nothing to do with the trail. Will be recommending to friends it they are planing a day trip.

hiking
28 days ago

Great views. Easy, short trail.

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