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Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Golden Gate Bridge to Marin Headlands

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Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Golden Gate Bridge to Marin Headlands is a 1.7 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near San Francisco, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length1.7 miElevation gain239 ftRoute typePoint to point
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This famous bridge span, dedicated in 1937, is one of the world’s most spectacular and visited sites. A trip by foot, bike, or wheelchair offers visitors an excellent opportunity to understand Bay Area geography and the route of the Bay Area Ridge Trail. The bridge can be windy and/or foggy, so wear layers. For more information, see the Bay Area Ridge Trail site here: https://ridgetrail.org/golden-gate-bridge/ This trail description is excerpted from the 2019 Guidebook. For details on all of the Bay Area Ridge trails, trailheads and more buy the book from Wilderness Press: https://www.wildernesspress.com/product.php?productid=16685&cat=274&bestseller=Y Accessibility: There is a wheelchair-accessible ramp leading from the Visitors Center on the south end up to the bridge entrance with handrails and a gentle slope. Once on the bridge, the path is paved, flat (estimated 1% grade or less), and typically at least six feet wide. There is a safety barrier protecting pedestrians and cyclists from motor vehicle traffic on the bridge. There is a wheelchair-accessible bathroom with grab bars in a separate building across from the Visitor Center.

There are bathrooms and a cafe at the southern end of the bridge.

San Francisco can be a cold city because of the winds and the fog, especially near the water. As Mark Twain famously said, "The coldest winter I ever saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco." It's best to dress in layers with something to protect you from the wind. A nice sunny day can quickly become very cold once the fog rolls in.

There are many bike rental companies within the city that allow you take bikes across the bridge for the day. There are also parking lots available on the southern side of the bridge.

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Knut Synstad
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Michael Jones
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Danielle DeCosta
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Steven Fei
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Mike veynberg
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Sendy Tapia
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Walking across the Golden Gate Bridge is always a must if you’ve never done it, however, I don’t make it a regular occurrence due to the high levels of traffic noise. Great views for photos on clear days, best during the mornings.

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Abbey byfied
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It was alright, gravel roads the whole way with not much shade. This time of year I didn’t see any wild flowers it was very dry

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Sandra Bumann
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Anurag Chitnis
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The view is great but a lot of vehicle noise on the bridge. Would suggest to carry noise cancelling headphones while walking on the bridge. The area around the bridge is very beautiful.

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hgame tgame
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Mike Erickson
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Tim Miller
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Got a cloud/fog free day. Great view of the bay. LOUD! Freeway sidewalk loud.

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Wendy Liao
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Walked across the bridge and back today. Beautiful view, not too windy today. Perfect weather.

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Andrew Hsiao
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karl ehmann
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Waheed Khan
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Qing Dong
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Fantastic walk!

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Stina Houston
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Loved it! A lot of Fog but beautiful

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Michael Lehr
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Eduardo Santana
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Tami Reckler-Smith
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Always beautiful and fun. Hot sunny day!

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John Huang
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David Biggs
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Lovely vistas. Was reactively uncrowded. Traffic noise is a factor, but the views are a great distraction.

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Freddy Coronado
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Valarie Carabajal
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The absolute best views! Recommend for anyone who has never done it!

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Fly Dafhiola
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Amazing

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lyka salcedo
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Alexander Falk
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Paul Torres
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