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Golden Gate Park Loop is a 6.3 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.

Length 6.3 mi Elevation gain 347 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Nature trips

Road biking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Partially paved

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Getting There

Come explore the wonders of Golden Gate Park! As one of the third most visited parks in the United States, Golden Gate Park is a large urban park featuring a variety of popular attractions. This park offers a variety of hiking trails for the whole family! Stop by the Academy of Sciences, Conservatory of Flowers, or the Botanical Gardens as you make your way around the park. (Note that these attractions have specific hours and require a fee.) Other cool attractions include: the deYoung Museum and Japanese Tea Gardens. Golden Gate Park is also home to a variety of flora and fauna such as the California Live Oak, a tree native to this park. Visitors can find these oaks at the northeastern section of the park. Additionally, Golden Gate Park hosts events year round! So if you're looking for a hike, a picnic area, or a variety of museums and gardens, Golden Gate Park is the place to go!

There are bathrooms and water fountains within the park.

https://goldengatepark.com/

There are many ways to get to Golden Gate Park. 1. By car (visitors can park on side streets for free or at the Music Concourse Garage for a fee.) Music Concourse Garage (located on 10th Avenue and Fulton Street): Weekdays: $2.50 an hour Weekends: $3.00 an hour This garage is only open from 7:30AM to 10PM. 2. Public Transportation/Bus (GGP also has a shuttle bus to take you from different locations within the park for free.) 3. Bike 4. Muni

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Anh Tran
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Hiking

Nice trail where I can find many beautiful lakes but there is no instructions any where to tell you the loop turn . I followed my GPS to make it there. I’m sure you can figure out where to go, but I’d rather follow instructions. It makes it easier .

Christy Zhu
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Hiking

It’s probably true that the entire trail is not the best scenic part of the park. But still pretty much enjoy it.

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Quinton Stasney
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Hiking

Lots to see here! Very relaxing ride, attracts all sorts. Would recommend to anyone.

Hee Jung Ryu
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Hiking

pretty. good amount of crowd to feel safe. b the trail is dynamic and lots to see; it kept me entertained throughout the walk.

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Amanda Heydari
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Paul Stafford
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Hiking

No clear path and v

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Rohit Menezes
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Hiking

all the GG park highlights!

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Mary Ngo
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Hiking

Beautiful! Loved all the little things along the way.

Taylor Kelly
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HikingOff trail

Not the most scenic route through golden gate park.

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Veronica B.
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Hiking

7.11 miles on my A-5 razer scooter... so much fun

Alessio Vallero
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Hiking

Beautiful park! Nothing steep, just long. Lot of flowers, animals, lakes and quick view of Ocean Beach! You can also stop by at the Japanese Tea Garden and the Botanical Garden if you like. Also the Strawberry Hill is gorgeous! A believe that is a must if you are in San Francisco and you have enough time.

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Chelsea Ducote
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Hiking

Gorgeous, easy walk. Great for families. Lots of points of interest in the park. Buffalo, duck ponds, stow lake and rowing, de young museum, botanical gardens, great picnic areas. All around wonderful recreational area.

Heather MacRae
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Walking

pretty park with lots to see. great for a casual stroll

Angelo Pappas
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Hiking

Great safe place for a casual hike

Scott Healy
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Walking

Super easy, beautiful walk. The directions on the southeast end are wonky, but you can figure it out.

Beth Lowe
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The park was so beautiful!

Tom Ragaert
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Hiking

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

Jim MacCloskey
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Walking

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.

Regina W.
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Hiking

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.

Jeanie W.
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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 ❤️

Roger Ostrem
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Hiking

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.

Danielle T.
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Road biking

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.

Cassandra & Roger
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Hiking

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.

Jason Walker
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Always a treat.

Samantha Ortiz
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Running

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!

Mohan Chen
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Road biking

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.

Elizabeth Candy
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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.

Freya Magnusson
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Walking

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

Nicole Leonel
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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.

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

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