Golden Gate Park Trail

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Golden Gate Park Trail is a 6.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Francisco, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. 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.

DISTANCE
6.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
351 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

Come explore the wonders of Golden Gate Park. A great place to explore on foot or bicycle. Stop by the Academy of Sciences or the Conservatory of Flowers. As you make your way towards the coast, make sure to stop and smell the flowers.

hiking
29 days ago

Beautiful park, but obviously very busy when the weather's nice.

walking
2 months ago

World-class urban park. JFK a bit more scenic than MLK, but both provide reduced-traffic walking. Amazing achievement of City planning! Restrooms at Polo fields, Stow Lake boathouse, DeYoung museum, Cons. of Flowers, Sharon Meadow playground.

hiking
4 months ago

I was able to find parking near 8th & Irving for this hike and noticed that there is 2 hour free parking Mon-Fri or unlimited free parking Saturday and Sunday. I would recommend doing this hike on the weekend if you drive here since this hike will take longer than two hours for most hikers of average ability.

I kept on getting semi-lost on this trail even with the downloaded map and kept on having to make micro-corrections to my route along the way. It’s a mixed use trail and I saw walkers, hikers, runners and cyclists along the way. There will also be plenty of tourists just standing around.

You will be on a mix of paved sidewalks and dirt trails, but at no point on the trail will it feel remote. I felt very safe doing this alone as a woman during a weekend day. However, I don’t recommend coming alone because this trail can be rather boring to do by yourself. If you do this trail, I would recommend bringing a friend so you could have a conversation along the way.

I’m glad I experienced this trail, but I don’t see myself prioritizing coming back anytime soon as someone from out of town.

6 months ago

Not hike or really a trail but living here for 10 years still one of my favorite sweet spots and we enjoyed hangout by with the butterflies in Conservatory after it was closed so long. Beautiful winter weather ❤️

hiking
6 months ago

Golden Gate Park is a great urban resource for hikers/bikers/joggers. The trail is flat nearly the entire way. Ignore an earlier review that said the park is on a hill. Golden Gate Park is most definitely NOT on a a hill. The western end of the park is nearly at sea level and the elevation change from end to end is only 262 ft. The park consists of approximately 1000 acres and is about 3 miles in length and a bit over 1/2 mile in width. The area was originally sand dues and was master planned and then planted into an arboretum type of setting. Easy and enjoyable urban hike.

road biking
10 months ago

I biked Golden State Park in August as part of my route from downtown to Sausalito. What an amazing park! There's so much to explore -- from manicured gardens to grassy stretches to wooded knolls; even a windmill and bison(!) -- I know I didn't get to see it all. The park is on a hill, so it tests your endurance for sure! I don't have any specific advice, except to give yourself plenty of time and don't forget to visit the beach at the bottom of the hill/park. It's surreal to be amongst all that green one moment and then squish your toes in the sand, overlooking the ocean, just minutes later.

hiking
11 months ago

As a local the less I'm walking next to a road the better. This is worth doing on a weekend when traffic is blocked off of JFK on the eastern end of the park. This hiking route in particular has you going through the botanical garden which $ for admission, while beautiful - not worth paying to simply walk through on the way somewhere else.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Amazing park

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Always a treat.

trail running
Thursday, April 28, 2016

First time ever in San Fran. Went on a morning run down to the coast and back through Golden Gate Park. Absolutely loved the tall trees. Don't usually see such beautiful greenery in Southern Cali. Can't wait to go back and explore some more!

road biking
Saturday, March 19, 2016

The view was average and there were lots of ramps. But biking is a great way to see around. Not worth to complete the whole trail.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

There is a trail for everyone! You can see everything from birds to coyotes, geese and herons, buffalo, flowers and trees, and lakes. The walk around stow lake is particularly pretty.

walking
Friday, August 07, 2015

The best public park in the world as far as I'm concerned.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Great park. Lots of walks and beautiful flowers. We live in the area so we do the 4 mile walk through the park to ocean beach. The beach chalet is a great place to grab a bite to eat before you head back.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

a must!!!!.... walk,hike,jog,bike it!!!
slow down...enjoy the yummy flora and wildlife......

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Wonderful
hike,walk,jog,bike....trails off the beaten path.....zen like experience...lots of flora and wildlife......stop....breathe....take it all in!!......

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