Explore the most popular trail running 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.

hiking
21 hours ago

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!

1 day ago

Great views and perfect Sunday distance

on Lands End Trail

hiking
1 day 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!!

walking
2 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.

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

Très jolie balade à 30 min de San Francisco. Dommage d’avoir à longer la route en fin de promenade.

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.

walking
10 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.

hiking
11 days ago

Amazing views, not too steep, can accommodate kids.

walking
11 days ago

Beautiful and scenic trail! Add this one to your list if you haven’t already! :)

Incredibly beautiful

hiking
13 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.

hiking
14 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).

Nice trail. Easy to moderate areas. Really small parking lot, but other lot near the hotel and beach. Lots of tall grassy areas so watch out for ticks. When we got home, I found a tick on me and in my dog's armpit.

Great hike. Rattlesnake crossed the path!

walking
22 days ago

Very easy hike w amazing coastal views

Absolutely loved this hike! So much to see and do. There is something for everyone. Moderate hike with amazing views.

Part of the loop trail is right next to the road where cars zooming by, which makes the last 5 minutes of our hike unpleasant. Otherwise, good view, nice combination of terrain, and perfect distance for a quick hike.

trail running
23 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.

Beautiful scenery. This hike is relatively easy (some parts uphill), and goes through various landscapes, from coastal views to historical landmarks. Perfect time of the year to catch the blossoming flowers. Make sure to go to the lighthouse. Unfortunately for us, NPS only allows access to it on Sundays from 12:30pm to 3pm this time of the year.

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