Barbary Coast Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near San Francisco, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
259 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

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The Barbary Coast Trail is a walking tour connecting 20 historic sites and local history museums in San Francisco, California. Approximately 180 bronze medallions and arrows embedded in the sidewalk mark the trail. The historic sites of the Barbary Coast Trail relate primarily to the period from the California Gold Rush of 1849 to the Earthquake and Fire of 1906, a period when San Francisco grew from a small village to the busiest port on the West Coast. Sites along the trail include the Old Mint, a national historic landmark; Union Square; Maiden Lane; Old St. Mary's, first Catholic cathedral West of the Rockies; T'ien Hou temple, first Asian temple in North America; Wells Fargo History Museum; Pony Express headquarters site; Jackson Square Historic District, which contains the last cluster of Gold Rush and Barbary Coast-era buildings in San Francisco; Old Ship Saloon, once a shanghaiing den; Coit Tower; Fisherman's Wharf; SF Maritime National Historical Park, which maintains a large collection of historic ships; and Ghirardelli Square. Each end of the Barbary Coast Trail is connected by the Hyde-Powell cable car line, itself a national historic landmark.

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29 days ago

Fun urban hike through downtown SF and up to the Bay. Lots of history and was easy to follow since there are markers in the ground. Would recommend this to anyone. Great workout too.

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1 month ago

7 AM on a Saturday. Nice and quiet. Hope to enjoy the sights at a walking pace later.

hiking
9 months ago

This was such a wonderful urban hike and one that I definitely want to do again in the near future. If you are visiting San Francisco, this one is an absolute must since it takes you through Chinatown, Little Italy and down along the Waterfront in The Embarcadero.

I have visited San Francisco more times than I can count and still found this hike very worthwhile since it took me on routes I would have never discovered on my own including down steps and through various parks.

I started on a Saturday morning at 7 a.m. which ended up being the absolute perfect time to go since the streets were empty and I could work on my pace without having to navigate other pedestrians. I was able to hike it at 3 miles an hour and I’m currently only a moderately experienced hiker.

Definitely do this hike! You won’t regret it!

hiking
Saturday, February 11, 2017

Follow the arrows of where it tells you to walk. I started from the other side first rather than near the fisherman wharf area. It's a nice moderate walk, and takes you into chinatown. I live here so I didn't complete the trail because I've seen it all. Great for the tourist those who want to check out some historic site and buildings on this trail.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Picturesque trail thru Chinatown past pier 39. Easy trail to follow with the medallions in sidewalk. 3hrs including some shopping and a stop at the beach.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Fascinating tour through so many key sites in San Francisco's history. Be ready for crowds in places, especially Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf, but well worth it.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

An old trail by china town off grant st. Very wild.

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