Fort Funston Trail

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Fort Funston

Fort Funston Trail is a 2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Francisco, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.0 miles Elevation Gain: 160 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no shade

historic site

Located in the southwest corner of San Francisco, Fort Funston was a harbor defense installation built to defend against naval attacks. Nowadays, visitors can check out the remnants of this fort which include heavy weaponry, Nike missiles, and Battery Davis's 16 inch guns. Fort Funston was also built on high sandy bluffs where the wind is quite strong. Make sure to hold onto your belongings as they may get blown away! Looking for more to do? Check out the variety of trails Fort Funston has to offer! Trails can be used for hiking, running, and horseback riding. Trails are also dog friendly and they can be off leash here. For avid bird watchers, head on over to the coastal nesting sites for bank swallows, as a state threatened species, visitors can only see them in two places one being Fort Funston. Note: Bank swallows raise their young in between March and June then they migrate during July and August. Additionally, hang-gliding is very popular at Fort Funston. The best time for hang gliding is during March and October. Fort Funston is also a Hang-III (intermediate site) with a launch area.

hiking
8 days ago

This is the Disneyland for dogs. It’s an absolutely amazing and magical place. I love it my dog loves it and it is one of our absolute favorite places.

hiking
9 days ago

Absolutely beautiful hike. Extremely peaceful. The ocean right beside you makes it more amazing. Not very difficult and paved.

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muddy
21 days ago

hiking
3 months ago

My #1 favorite spot to hike with my dogs. They love it, and I love it! The views are gorgeous, the hike down to the beach and back is just strenuous enough to make you feel like you actually got a workout, and you can make the hike as long or as short as you want depending on how much beach walking / trail wandering you combine. Water is available for both humans and dogs on the trail.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

this is more of a dog park with a lot or almost all dogs off leash. very friendly but can be overwhelming to smaller dogs. The trails are fun and pretty easy to complete but the best part is the beach where you can find a whole bunch of sand dollars and shells.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Dogs paradise and good leg workout for the owners too!

hiking
8 months ago

Great dog friendly trails & beach!

A dogs paradise...

hiking
9 months ago

Best dog park hands down and nice to have a short hike for owners - used to go 3 times a week with my two fluff balls. Perfect loop if you start on trails at the parking lot then head down to beach via the wide sandy path at North end and then loop back on the beach to the steep stairs under the hang gliders. If it’s high tide sometimes it’s hard to make it past where the pipes are so just check before heading down. Amazing views of the ocean and hang gliders if the weather is right. Lots of ocean treasures to be found along beach (mostly sand dollars).

hiking
10 months ago

Wonderful sand dunes and great leg exercise. Windy tho! Bring a hat

hiking
blowdown
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Prepare for lots of dogs!!! Overrun with dog walkers and off leash dogs. Some of the walkers are really loud and obnoxious. depending on the time of day, I wouldn’t really call this a relaxing walk. Cool that your walking on and under old WWII batteries. Some neat secluded bush trails too.

hiking
10 months ago

A beautiful hike on the trails at Mussel Rock Open Space in Daly City with my Little Lady.

hiking
Tue May 14 2019

To me this is a dog park. Most people come here with their dog off leash.

hiking
Tue Jan 22 2019

So many dogs! Fun to walk along beach and in dunes as well. Can get very windy so layer up.

Sat Oct 20 2018

Great place to bring your pup! Fun running in the dunes - great views

Sun Oct 07 2018

This is more of a dog park than a trail. Great if you like dogs. To be avoided if you don’t like dogs or are running.

Mon Sep 24 2018

gorgeous views. lots of sand and dogs

hiking
Sun Sep 23 2018

Super when it's not foggy or windy. Woof!

Sat Sep 08 2018

Beautiful views of the Pacific, but too many dogs off leash to be a favorite for me.

Mon Aug 13 2018

BEST dog park in the Bay!

walking
Mon Jul 30 2018

Very fun trail, a lot to see, especially the hang gliders. Not strenuous, good for a walk in most weather.

Sun Jul 29 2018

Yet to see a hang glider land

Fri Jun 01 2018

Dog-watch galore. Beach access. Hang gliding area. Beware of horse poop on trails. Overall, cute hike for families. I would not consider this area if you want something intense.

Sun Feb 25 2018

Great hike for families - the kids loved running up and sliding down the sand dunes. Lots of dogs having fun playing off leash. Beautiful views. Better on a less windy day when the sand isn’t whipping around

walking
Sat Feb 03 2018

Stunning views on a nice day.

hiking
Fri Jan 19 2018

Beautiful coastal beach trail that's easy and open and there's to see of doggies to see!

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