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The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is a U.S. National Recreation Area administered by the National Park Service that surrounds the San Francisco Bay area. It is one of the most visited units of the National Park system in the United States, with over 13 million visitors a year. It is also one of the largest urban parks in the world, with a size two-and-a-half times that of the consolidated city and county of San Francisco. The park is not one continuous locale, but rather a collection of areas that stretch from northern San Mateo County to southern Marin County, and includes several areas of San Francisco. The park is as diverse as it is expansive; it contains famous tourist attractions such as Muir Woods National Monument, Alcatraz, and the Presidio of San Francisco. The GGNRA is also home to 1,273 plant and animal species, encompasses 59 miles (95 km) of bay and ocean shoreline and has military fortifications that span centuries of California history, from the Spanish conquistadors to Cold War-era Nike missile sites.

Decent hike but I prefer the loop trails for this area because it allows the whole hike to feel new. I saw a good amount of wildlife including a rabbit and deer. If it's a hot day, I'd recommend starting in the afternoon so it's cooler on your way back.

The nike missile silo has been completely razed.

hiking
no shade
3 days ago

Really easy trail, no shade really except in the west side right near the trail head. But windy enough that you don’t mind. There’s also a cool World War 2 sites. And most of the steep parts have wooden steps to make them easier.

Great trail. We made it into two climbs per length and didn’t go all the way to the lighthouse. Instead, we found a bench overlooking to water to have lunch. Would definitely doo it again!

This trail has nice views but it’s popular for trail running and biking. I really don’t recommend it for hiking as there is no solitude and you will be constantly stepping out of the way of runners and bikers.

Watch out for bikers, they come from both directions. As pointed out by other reviewers, you'll have to take Smith Trail to get to Rodeo Valley Trail from Jilian Trail; just go left on Bunker Road for about 100m and you'll see the trail sign. Moderate hike at best.

hiking
no shade
4 days ago

Great hike ..although I was unable to see the Point Bonita Lighthouse (closed) open Sun-Mon 1230p-330p . Weather was wonderful , not that much people traffic . Counterclockwise.

hiking
6 days ago

This hike offered a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge both with fog and once burned off. Lots of people but the visitor centre staff were very helpful. It was easily accessible by city transit so no parking problems.

Picked a beautiful day and the views to the south of San Francico including the airport in detail and the E. Bay and part of Christal Springs Resevoir were stunning. At the top the Pacific wasn’t too bad looking itself. Trail is actually an old paved road bending as it climbs. Gave me a solid challenging walk but my dog was unphased. Sides of the road had a fine smorgasboard of native plants in good health.

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
6 days ago

Great view!! Bugs kinda got to us and our dog overheated, but overall beautiful !!

hiking
off trail
rocky
7 days ago

I’m a dog owner and love hiking with my pup, so the fact that it’s dog friendly is great. The fact that no one picks up their dog shit is not. I have never seen such a dirty trail. Also it gas a ton of those spiky little balls that got stuck in our dogs paws and we were constantly removing them. Otherwise nice views and pretty easy trail with some steep areas that are slippery due to the dirt.

hiking
no shade
rocky
9 days ago

Great ocean views

hiking
bugs
over grown
10 days ago

OK trail. No viewpoints at all, and very overgrown for at least %30 of the loop. Was out on a nice Sunday and saw 1 other person the whole time. The forest setting is beautiful. Saw 2 snakes. If you go clockwise, the last 4 miles are pretty boring. There’s only parking for ~3 cars at the trailhead. If you’re going to Pablo Point - as of 9/7/19, the trail is totally impassable.

hiking
rocky
10 days ago

Nice hike. At the end it is a bit of a steep drop and trail turns from nice to a bit over grown.

Park in the visitors parking lot and walk over. Generally a really nice trail with a few steep hikes and a nice view at the halfway point. Would recommend going clockwise; don’t recommend crossing the highway where specified when leaving the beach. We went around to the next stop and used an underpass by the golf course rather than crossing a 4 lane highway without a stop light.

Went to brake in some new boots. Trail was more of a road and it was pretty busy. Nice variety of terrain and views.

hiking
no shade
10 days ago

MAYBE 1/10th off the hike is hard, rest is easy to moderate. Decent views when you get to Rodeo beach.Took about 2hrs each way, although coming back from Rodeo beach seemed easier.

Easy hike. Pretty cool bunkers up top.

Great hike for a foggy day because there's no shade. Highly recommend taking the Pirates Cove off shoot down to the beach, it's steep but worth it.

I did this trail today 09/05/2019. I went clockwise and added a side trip down to Kirby Cove and back. The views of the bridge, the bay, the ocean, and the city are awesome. It will be cold and windy on Hawk Hill and Slacker Hill so be prepared. Heavy fog can roll in at any time so be aware that if you're unlucky enough to be in a fog bank you may not see a thing. My trip counting Kirby Cove came in at 9.2 miles and 2031' of climbing. Not a bad way to spend a few hours. Note 1: If you go counter-clockwise as Alltrails shows you have to climb about 700 feet of steps up the west side of Hawk Hill. Note 2: As others have noted about half or more of this hike is walking along a paved road or walking a fire access road. Not much of this hike is an actual back-country trail. Note 3: The Conzelman Road leg of this hike will be crazy with tourists. Just remember you're one of them.

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