Explore the most popular walking 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
14 hours ago

Beautiful spot. There is an old rock quarry in the area that has been decommissioned. I have seen many mountain bikers in the area. All in all, a great place to watch wildlife whether that be in the ocean or along the coastal bluffs. Wildflowers are blooming now too.

Do wear your hiking shoes. Most of the trail is loose and dry gravel soil with a few very steep sections. Not recommended during or after a rain. Lots of small branching trails and some are completely encroached by surrounding vegetation making it easy to get lost, but because it's open land, you'll eventually find your way back to the trail.

hiking
2 days ago

The hike is very beautiful with views of golden gate and fairly moderate trail with mostly flat terrain. We got there early(by 7.00 am) , so the parking was ample and the trail was less trafficked. The weather was just perfect for a hike.

Great views, not always clear and usually windy. Definitely a fairly easy walk and great for dogs.

nature trips
2 days ago

Definitely come here early in the morning. Just went on July 15, and we were glad we got there early at 8:30. Got the trial to ourselves and made it down to Eagle’s point. We hung out for a bit and circled around to the Legion of Honors museum and made our way back down to the coastal trail. On the way back there were a TON of people. Glad we came early to secure parking and made sure we didn’t have to walk side by side with everyone else that just start the trail. Great scenes here and there for a quick photo with the bridge. Will come again soon, but a lot earlier to get the trails to ourselves.

Beautiful scenery and not too crowded. Easy parking and many small trails to check out. Best to come when the lighthouse is open otherwise half the trail to it is closed including the tunnel and suspension bridge which is the fun part.

Amazing views of the pacific. A bit close to the highway but a great way to unwind after work.

Easy walk down to the beach. You can book to camp there too. Finding parking on top was a pain since there’s very limited space. There was no swing when I went.

hiking
4 days ago

Super chill and great for all levels.

Overall, the hike is beautiful that has a short climb in the beginning whether you stray as I did by hiking alongside Conzelman Road - or you stay with the trail by crossing Conzelman and pick up the trail across the street. Either way gets you to the same next stage of the hike.

When you get past the circle in the road, you’ll pass on the restrooms and hike for about a mile+ with an easy decline. Ultimately this will take you down to a road where you’ll turn left, cross the street and turn in opposite the horse stables. In about quarter mile, you reach a T where you’ll turn left. Shortly after that you’ll hike for about 2+ miles over a steady incline until you get to the last third of the hike and follow the ridge overlooking Sausalito. I hiked a bit further and had lunch sitting on the only bench on the trail overlooking both Sausalito and Angel Island.

I hiked in mid-July which is considered summer everywhere else but San Francisco and the Marin Headlands. Throughout my hike, the temp was 50-55ish with lots of fog and wind. Nothwithstanding, I recommend the hike and neighboring trails for the classic Marin Headlands experience. The views are breathtaking to locals and visitors alike!

nature trips
6 days ago

Enjoyable walk with great views of Golden Gate Bridge, labyrinth, and surroundings baths! Would definitely go again!

Great hike!! I’ve done it twice now and love it for a solid work out. Be aware that it’s actually 6.6 miles roundtrip, not 5.3. Also, the first 2-3 miles on the way back from Muir beach is almost entirely up hill... something to keep in mind. Highly recommend if you want a good work out.

We are tied to hikes that allow dogs. We are running out of places but happy to find this trail. Coming from the East Bay in Walnut Creek it was very pleasant to have a sea breeze and a touch of fog. Not the typical trail found in the east bay. We loved it. Only managed 3 miles but a nice get away from home.
Lots of birds, brown pelicans are abundant here.

hiking
9 days ago

Great views, stairs help with the steeper paths.

Really enjoyed the first 2/3 of this trail... the steady ascent up the Miwok worked our lungs but didn’t overwhelm us, and the views as we picked up the Coastal were lovely (we were lucky enough to get a fog-free, sunny day). We were tired and cut over back to the parking spot along the Lagoon trail instead of going down to the point, will have to check that out next time.

hiking
9 days ago

Dogs are not allowed. We brought our dog, immediately saw signs that said no dogs, but took him anyways because we were already there and got a stern warning from a ranger.

some of the best ocean views in the area. we did this on 7/7 so very warm day but the breeze from the ocean kept it very comfortable, even in the sun. no shade on this hike so sunscreen and hat a must! actually hiked down to Muir beach to check it out and there are much nicer restrooms there than at the start of the Tennessee Valley Trail head. if you have time check out pirate‘s Cove for a quick little closer view of the ocean. be sure once you hit Tennessee Valley beach to go up to the Overlook for sweeping vistas. be warned if you don’t like heights you may not like the Overlook as much.
taking the Fox Trail is quite the workout so is the hike back from Muir beach, another hill and the last hill after Pirates Cove is another bun buster. you’ll get a great work out with amazing views so much better than a gym!
The parking lot at Tennessee Valley Trail head fills up quickly on weekends so recommendation is to get there no later than 8:30, this will also help you avoid the crowds of people just going to the beach.

Beautiful hike! Sweeping views of Muir and Tennessee beach and the coastline in between. Pretty challenging - most of it spent climbing steep hills.

Now I don't know whether to bring my dog or not - conflicting review says dogs are NOT allowed, above says yes allowed on leash. Hmmm

Dogs are not allowed on this trail.

hiking
10 days ago

Great two hour hike with incredible views of the bay at the top. Took a detour to check out the houses on Wolfback Ridge, and another to take in the stellar view at the little cutoff in the middle of the SCA trail. Don’t miss that one! Note that the map is wrong, there’s no Julian Trail from Bunker Road to Rodeo Valley Trail. Looks like it never even existed either.

The small private beach was worth it. It gets pretty tiring though. We used this trail to as our backpacking trial with a 30 lbs bag and was testing out a pair of keen sandals. Probably good training for going uphill and going down towards the end of the hike at the beach. There is no phone reception for most of the trip so make sure you load the map of this place prior to arriving. We made our way out to the beach and had a picnic when we arrive. The tides came up around 7ish so I wouldn’t recommend coming there to picnic at that time.

Great hike and beautiful views! Beware of rattlesnakes though, there was one on the trail that wasn’t happy about us walking there.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice trail with great views! The negative is that many tourist congest the trail, so def get there before 10am.

The spectacular views are muted by having to walk along the road for half the trail. Don’t park where the map indicates - you have to walk along the highway to get to the trailhead. Park on Conzelman Road. There are a bunch of turnouts on the road. It’s also very crowded along sections. I prefer true hikes that don’t involve highways.

Loved this hike. Beautiful views, lovely sunsets. Foot traffic only in the beginning. A lot of people don't do the entire loop.

GPS will take you right to parking area. there is no service once you start walking trail. really nice walk and the beach at the end is just GORGEOUS! doesn't feel like your in the bay area. blue water. make sure you do a TICK check before you leave.

hiking
12 days ago

Great hike to a great viewpoint. It's essentially walking up a very steep road to a wide, flat viewpoint above the Marin Headlands. Great views of the GGB, Kirby Cove, Fort Baker, Mt. Tam, and much more remote than the throngs you get down on the Battery Spencer trail. Don't miss this; stop at small gravel parking area next to the round about at the intersection of Conzelman and McCullough, and hike down through the bushes and across the road at the gate. From there it's all uphill. View is definitely worth the effort.

Wonderful views all around! get everything from rolling hills to the ocean. you can even get a glimpse of twin peaks and downtown SF. I would recommend going counter clock wise otherwise you end up with a bunch of steep downhill at the very end of your hike

on Lands End Trail

13 days ago

Is an awesome walk along the coast with stunning views. Sutro baths are super interesting too! The paths are easy to navigate and there are often stairs when it gets steep. Would definitely recommend, is suitable for most!

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