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California Coastal Trail: Lands End to Golden Gate Bridge

MODERATE 69 reviews

California Coastal Trail: Lands End to Golden Gate Bridge is a 8.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near San Francisco, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.8 miles
1,318 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


nature trips

trail running


bird watching



wild flowers


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.

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.

6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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

7 months ago

Hated running through the rich people houses. And cars

8 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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..

Sunday, November 05, 2017

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

Sunday, October 08, 2017

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

Monday, September 11, 2017

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.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

This hike almost has it all--beautiful ocean views, coastal trails, beaches, trees, and the Golden Gate Bridge.

The only thing it's missing for part of the hike is clear directions where to go to continue to the Golden Gate. Once you reach a certain part of the hike you wind up in a wealthy neighborhood with streets signs, but not trail signs.

This hike is quite a bit different from most. If you are looking for a serene hike in the middle of nature with only a few hikers and a lot of wildlife you will be disappointed at times. The beginning and end of the trail have a lot of people, and the middle has a lot of houses. But it's well worth hiking at least once or twice. The diversity and many of the views are stunning.

Monday, September 04, 2017

Lot of stairs so be prepared for that. Amazing views!!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

how long does this hike typically take

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Very cool walk and tons to explore. I've hiked this several times and love it every time. Very well marked trail until you get to the homes --if you're heading to the bridge you'll have to traverse a couple roads main roads but worth it. Lots of adventures along he way and opportunities to climb down the cliffs and have fun.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Awesome hike. Just did one way then kept going all the way across GG Bridge and grabbed an Uber home. Great directions to follow.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Great place to go jogging, walking, taking photos, biking, and even scenic views. I like the scene changes from time to time and goes from an easy trail to a bit difficult. Overall it's a beautiful trail to go on daily.

Friday, December 30, 2016

Hike the GG Bridge while your at it !!

trail running
Friday, October 14, 2016

A great view of the bridge. I parked by the cafe on Point Lobos and ran with the pups to Baker beach and back. Several stairs each way but nothing crazy hard. Not a lot of people for something so close to the population. Spectacular views.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Warm day in October .... we made it to bakers beach and then it got too warm for our pooch. But a wonderful walk with just the right intensity....next time plan to go all 9.1 miles :)

Monday, September 19, 2016

The views were great, we went on a Monday so it wasn't busy at all. I can't wait to go back.

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