Explore the most popular no dogs 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.

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

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.

The hike was easy yet enjoyable, and the views were great. Packed a wind jacket for this and it was a blessing to have.

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.

18 days ago

Nice, short historic trail that traverses an historic battery and then to an up close and personal view of the GGB. I give it 3 stars for the crowds, 4 stars for the view.

Great hike. Rattlesnake crossed the path!

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26 days ago

Very few people. A little more flattened gravel path than small trail than I hoped. Just rained past few days, the running streams along the trail sound beautiful. Uphills are nice and challenging to run continuously.

28 days ago

Relatively short but lovely hike, especially on a non-foggy day when walking towards the beach and looking between the two hills that form the "Canyon". I always enjoy that view whenever I'm on this trail.

Love it. Easy and beautiful. I uploaded some drone footage here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Tx-NJojqss

1 month ago

Amazing hike ending with a beautiful, Californian, cliffside beach.

Definitely not hard! Some short stints of steepness toward the beginning and end but otherwise pretty moderate. Nice views all around but no coverage FYI. Well marked, wide path that you’ll need to share with many mountain bikers on a nice day!

Nice views, fun to explore and wasnt too hard of a hike.

Stunning, constant views, mostly of the coast. May not really be a moderate for most, more of a moderate-hard.

Actually 5 stars. But I had to take one star for the wrong description in this app. We walked clockwise the red line and after maybe one or one and a half mile the trail ends. There were huge plastic covered dirt hills overgrown. So we decided to walk further as adventure and found the path again. You better walk after coming down to that one house don’t walk right like the trail line said. Walk straight left, across the street to a gravel road and try to find the way across the little creek. Behind that creek the trail is fine.

Another point: dogs are not allowed on the entire loop trail. Only the first two miles and the last. Do. We walked as outlaws the entire loop with them. But we wouldn’t have chosen that trail if we had known. Lucky us, the views were great.

Nice hike and eventual views of The Bay Area. Would do again. WARNING: we arrived at 9:30am to the small parking and saw two break ins, broken glass on the ground. Sign clearly says break ins occur often, so leave nothing of value in your car. I think that also goes for arriving early, as plenty of bikers and hikers were around that parking lot all day (as far as we arrived and then left). We parked and felt confident enough with all the folk around, the area was busy. This was also a Saturday.

What a cool hike! Fun, challenging terrain with some amazing views of the coastline. We did this as a point-to-point from the Tenessee Valley trailhead to the Pelican Inn (which is pretty amazing in-and-of itself). Strong recommendation.

Pretty hard to believe this trail is a short drive from downtown San Francisco. If you're looking for a hike with some good elevation, wildlife, views of the city and the ocean, this is your trail. The route makes its way along Pirates Cove offering incredible views of the rock cliffs. The best part - you can grab a cold one at Pelican Inn right off Shoreline Highway (CA 1) or hang out at Muir Beach. Those interested in a one-way hike (or if you get too comfortable at Pelican Inn) can easily catch a ride back to the parking lot in Tennessee Valley.

1 month ago

Such a beautiful hike. well worth the views!!! I am in no way fit.... just started hiking recently and actually found this one pretty easy.....

1 month ago

Gorgeous views. Do the leftmost path first for amazing views and then take the right path for the old fort wall and the hidden trail up to the cliffs and the graffiti houses. Spectacular and exciting!

Absolutely amazing.

1 month ago

Great trail, however I wish to do it again on a weekday because it was too crowded the closer you got to Tenessee Beach. There are various off shoots along the upper part of the hill that are much more scenic and beautiful in my opinion. Perfect hiking weather early April

Easy walk along mostly paved trail with breathtaking scenery at every step and turn making the windy day a worthy one! Beautiful on a 60 degree day with lots of mist and wind. Saw a salamander walking along the path! Watch out for our little amphibian friends! “California orange belly newts!”

Amazing experience hiking here. We took the clock wise route - Beautiful mountains, ocean and part of the Golden Gate Bridge towards the end. Overall it took us about 2.5 hours to complete the hike. Definitely recommended!

1 month ago

Really nice trail. Parking is easy and you may even run into a cow or two on the trail :) Very easy hike.

2 months ago

The path is mostly paved so it’s more of a walk than a hike! But beautiful views and we went on a warm day so the beach was so comfortable

Hiked clockwise, 5.4 miles, 1 hr 52 min.

Gorgeous trail, Tennessee Beach is a must-see along the way. Nothing beats the view from the coast or the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks. This trail can be a thigh-burner in some areas where the elevation varies, but nothing too bad if you’re moderately in shape.

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