Looking for a great trail in Golden Gate National Recreation Area, California? AllTrails has 86 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 57 moderate trails in Golden Gate National Recreation Area ranging from 0.6 to 14.3 miles and from 9 to 1,683 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

hiking
1 day ago

We hiked it in the rain and it was beautiful! Perfect view of the Golden Gate Bridge and it smelled amazing. Easy and I would definitely recommend for anyone.

hiking
2 days ago

Very windy

hiking
bugs
no shade
over grown
2 days ago

Pretty views but with overgrown bushes & pretty flowers found spider & ticks as you get closer to slide ranch. Taller shrubbery near goats not a good combo. Walked on the road above. Although it is a short quick trail with beautiful views.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful views, easy parking, easy trail!

Beautiful hike! Steady incline all the way up, but fun places to explore along the way to take it easy. The view is stunning all the way. Exposed though, no shade.

on Alta Trail

hiking
muddy
over grown
9 days ago

As this is dog friendly, dog walkers need to do a better job of disposing of their dog waste, there's frequently plastic bags on the side of the path (there's even a garbage at the trailhead guys!) I do this almost once a week, and my favorite part of this walk is the grouping of trees you get to about half a mile in, with a beautiful overlook of the nearby valley (and the bay on the other side of the path). Provides some nice shade and breeze.

I was so happy at the end of the hike. I enjoyed every minute of it. Definitely will be going back.

Did 4 miles from sir Francis drake with my family today for Mother’s Day - possibly my new favorite hike. Beautiful hills, meadows and wildflowers. Magic. Have also done parts of the other side which is a beautiful redwood forest. Can’t wait to come back and do the whole trail together

on Tennessee Valley Trail

hiking
10 days ago

A nice flat walk to the beach, wonderful breeze too! We did see a snake in the lower portion of the final beach walk (there will be a lower and upper path, lower goes through the wilderness while upper takes the foothills) in the grass, but he didn't bother us and we didn't bother him! Next time I'm going to bring a blanket and some snacks to eat on the beach!

hiking
no shade
10 days ago

Super big wind blows the sand high. Hardly enjoy the beautiful view. Not comfortable.

Definitely recommend this trail, and I've done it a number of times. The traffic getting there from the 101-1 interchange on weekends is the most difficult part. The trail slopes gently downwards towards the ocean, and is very wide and in good shape. There are a lot of great side trails to campgrounds, or up to the tops of the ridges, if you feel like doing anything more difficult. The beach itself is great, and the lookout is definitely worth the climb.

hiking
bugs
10 days ago

Nice hike with great views! As someone else mentioned check your dog for ticks/foxtails if you bring them with you. I found a tick on my pup after our hike (luckily it hadn’t bit her yet).

hiking
muddy
over grown
11 days ago

Really great trail with a beautiful array of flowers and great views of the ocean along the trail with sightings of quite a few butterflies and a fox. Also a good range of landscapes ranging from meadows to shrubs to tall evergreens. As other hikers mentioned, the end of the trail is a fenced off FAA tower area with no views of the ocean. The trail itself was wonderful though I recommend pants for the overgrown sections and to be weary of poison oak.

great views and variety. Mild walk though rather than moderate.

nice and easy. 2.7 mile loop some uphill but the breeze helps to cool you off. Did hike with wife and small dog

about half of the trail is paved road and the scenery gets better when you get off the paved road. I took the horse trail back as it is more quiet and much less people. took me about 2 hours.

This was a beautiful trail hike to take early in the morning as the fog is rolling in. If you go counterclockwise you tackle the uphill climb first and open up to beautiful views of the ocean, rodeo beach, and the city. As you wind past The beach and over the cliffs wonderful views of the Golden gate Bridge and San Francisco highlight your hike. Take the time to stop and check out the lighthouse and all that historic armaments.

hiking
11 days ago

Great place to take a quick walk. My partner and I completed this in about two hours (including time spent watching the waves on the beach). There are two paths that will get you to the beach (lower and higher). Both are great and very scenic!

Great views of both the San Bruno and Pacifica sides of the ridge; can get very windy and cold up top. I prefer going down the Baquiano and Farallones View trails but both sides of the ridge are great.

A great trail with good variety. Mostly uncovered, so good to go early!

Definitely one of my best hikes so far. Amazing views for most of the path. Has a really good mix of inclines and decents. We saw so many pretty flowers along the way as well.

Great trail with little ones. I had a 6,3 and 1 year old and we were able to do a nice 1.5 hour walk on this trail. Tons of wildflowers and so much lush greenery. Very beautiful.

hiking
16 days ago

This is a great short trail run! The 1st hill is humbling but short and takes you to a private beach. Perfect also just for a hike and end the day with a picnic at the beach!

it was so beautiful & a good way to burn Calories, beautiful insects, lizards, squirrels, lady bugs, birds. free parking. i totally recommend this.

hiking
no shade
over grown
17 days ago

Not my favorite Bay Area hike. The first part of this trail was, even behind the gates, black top. The rest was all fire roads. The “trail” is very exposed with minimal shade. The best part was the views of the sea. The bay side view overlooked urban centers; I prefer to have views of nature when I hike. Do not attempt the side trail we took back to the Sneath Lane trail head. The trail is not maintained and soon after hiking down looked less like a trail until there was no trail at all. We had to bush whack our way to the road and then slip through some barbed wire fencing.

hiking
rocky
17 days ago

We parked down by Pelican Inn and started clockwise on the trail. About a mile in we hit the sign that said CLOSED. So we backtracked, ended up bailing, and took the Heather Cutoff Trail up to catch up with the Coastal Trail along the ridge. Lovely hike hut not long on Redwood. Probably would have more luck hitting Dias Trail off of Highway 1. Also - said no dog allowed. We didn’t realize that so brought ours along. SO MANY TICKS! Do a good check when you’re done.

This was a fun, easy trail. Nice flowers and views. It’s worth going up to the Lookout for the views of the Tennessee Valley and beach below.

Epic hike slong ocean

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