Point Reyes is a few miles north of San Francisco and offers a number of great hiking options. There are short hikes to the beach from several entrances, as well as longer backpacking options. There are many campsites near the beaches with water and facilities. The lighthouse on the point is also a major tourist attraction, as are the wildflowers in the spring.
Loved the Lighthouse hike. It gives you a decent workout on the way back up but there were a lot of places to stop and catch your breath, and just enjoy the scenery. Lighthouses are always great photography opportunities and this one is adorable!
One of our favorite hikes in the Bay Area. Started at the trailhead early (around 8am) and didn't have much of a crowd to deal with.
We hiked during running season and had multiple sightings/encounters with elk running across the trail. The second half is sand, making the hike a bit more strenuous, but it's a fantastic hike that we'd recommend to all!