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California Coastal Trail: Lands End to Golden Gate Bridge

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

California Coastal Trail: Lands End to Golden Gate Bridge is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near San Francisco, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 4.4 mi Elevation gain 659 ft Route type Point to Point

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Walking

Running

Beach

Forest

Partially paved

Views

Wild flowers

Description
Waypoints (9)

Hike along the Coastal Trail from the Cliff House at Lands End to the Golden Gate Bridge This section of the California Coastal Trail runs from the Cliff House near the Sutro Baths all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge and passes many landmarks including Baker Beach, the Seacliff area, Marshall Beach, and the Batteries to Bluffs Trail. This area of San Francisco is unknown to so many residents, even though it is one of the most beautiful areas in all of the Bay Area. You will walk along trails on the cliffs above the water where you can watch crashing waves, sailboats, and the occasional surfers, all while having perfect views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands across the bay--it's hard to beat. There are several small detours to small beaches along the trail as well, if you care to take a relaxing break. There are several points along the trail where you can leave the trail or turn back to make the hike shorter.

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Recordings (418)
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Bry T
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Hiking

Great trail with amazing views of the ocean and Golden Gate Bridge. Family and dog friendly. Lots of people but everyone was respectful of distance and most are wearing a mask.

Heather Tigerz
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Hiking

Really good, the side areas on the trail are really cool to check out.

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Preethi Kandaswamy
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Hiking

beautiful well maintained trail with nice views of the pacific and golden gate. Find Cliff House and park in the parking below it. Then Walk up the past Cliff House to the Lands End entrance where the costal trailhead is marked. Follow the trail all the way to the Golden Gate! Windy so a windbreaker and ear plugs was helpful! Once we got to the Presidio we ubered back to the parking lot!!

Diana DeMarsico
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Hiking

Narrow and busy even during cover-lots of people without face masks and being idiots taking picture blocking middle of the trail.

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Butsina W
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Hiking

First time hiking in SF. Lovely, moderately challenging, used the sand stairs from baker beach and walked all the way down Crissy field.

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Sanchit Sharma
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Génevieve Tiangco
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Hiking

Parked at Kelly’s Cove Ocean Beach, Land Ends Trail/Coastal Trail and ended up at Bakers Beach! The trail is well maintained, stunning scenic views of the Ocean and Golden Gate Bridge. We also stopped by the Labyrinth and it was absolutely beautiful, peaceful in this area. I’d definitely hike this trail again!

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Brandy Short
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Hiking

I loved hiking this trail. I started at the Sutro Baths and hiked to the Golden Gate. Absolutely gorgeous the entire way.

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s. Giustino
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Hiking

lots of poison oak. beware

William Anderson
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Hiking

Beautiful trail. A bit slippery in actions due to mud, but not difficult.

Berit Andreone
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Hiking

Spectacular views. Starts in the woods, goes through a neighborhood, ends along the beaches. Well maintained trail with plenty of steps (some optional) for your cardio! I was so pleased to be able to get away from the city and enjoy the ocean vistas. Highlight of my trip.

Sophia Brauner
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Hiking

Good fun with nice views of the bay and the bridge. I started early in the morning so it was still quite foggy. If you want blue sky and sunshine don't start this at 8am. I had a great time!

Cody Hutton
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Hiking

Nice trail with amazing views of the ggb and sutro baths. A little dirty but that’s sf.

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Genevieve Ure
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Hiking

Not exactly what i would call a hike but it’s beautiful sightseeing.

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Kate Gilbertson
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Running

Beautiful, especially when the weather is clear. Recommend waiting until noon or later for fog to roll out. Easy trail, wouldn’t really consider a “hike”. Check out the labyrinth at the outlook if you have time

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Prabhav Jain
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Hiking

A great hike that can be done solo or in a group.

Meredith Goshell
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As far as scenic views, it was beautiful. There were a lot of picturesque places and views of the water. However, most of the trail isn’t as nature-y as I would’ve liked. There’s a good mile where you’re literally walking on a sidewalk in a rich neighborhood and the next mile is right next to a highway. All in all, pretty trail but I’d like something a bit more rustic for my next hike

Kim Lindquist
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Hiking

Breathtaking views of Marin Headlands, Golden Gate Bridge and a “get some energy out” walk-hike that will leave you satisfied visually and physically.

Josh Ruby
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Hiking

Very beautiful but crowded on weekends.

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Bernardo Cassina
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Roberto Calvillo
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Hiking

Beautiful scenery. Dog friendly. As others have described, it is basically two trails sandwiching a very affluent neighborhood. The first part is very easy. the second portion has a few inclines with stairs. I recommend climbing the sand ladder at Baker beach.

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Ellie H.
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Started at Lands End and just kept going. Beautiful views of the ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge. Recommend that you bring water, snacks, sun screen and a hat. It was cool in the breeze and warm in the sun. Lots of people and bikes as you get closer to the bridge.

Roger Fung
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Hiking

Curious urban section in between what is essentially 2 trails. Nice, long walk otherwise.

S D.
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Hated running through the rich people houses. And cars

Nic Wouldntuliketoknow
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Hiking

This is a great hike! The first portion has quite a bit of traffic, but it thins out the further you go. Great views if you take the 1.8 (rather then the .8) off shoot to the bridge. A lot of stairs on that route, so it kicks up the workout a notch too. If you are a beginner definitely go the .8 route on the road. Loved this hike! We were able to make it ten miles by taking the longer route and one offshoot to a lookout point.

Lauren Bear
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Hiking

Great views! Highly recommend this for anyone looking for a nice dayhike to Golden Gate Bridge. Started at Lands End, went down to Baker Beach for a while, before picking up the trail again to the bridge. Those stairs ("sand ladder") at Baker's Beach were a doozy.

Dora Hernandez
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Amazing views, great hike. Take water, hat and a small snack.. lots of beautiful areas to take pictures. we got there at 8am was perfect not hot at all. Coming back for this one..

Jeri Jirsa
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Our group of four had a fantastic time hiking from Land’s End to the bridge! Great for a mix of experience levels.

Guillaume Peronnet
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Very nice hike. Not difficult. Great views of the bridge and ocean.

Nicole Affleck
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A truly beautiful hike. It was first hike out here since we moved to the Bay area. It was a great way to explore the nature surronding San Francisco. We took the trail to Bakers Beach and up to the Golden Gate Bridge. We we're pretty wiped so we caught an Uber back to our car.

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