Lake Merced Loop is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Francisco, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, bird watching, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.5 miElevation gain127 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyRoad bikingWalkingBird watchingRunningLakePartially pavedViewsWildlifeCity walk
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A paved loop, this trail is popular with cyclists, dog walkers, and especially joggers. A beautiful walk for a nice day.

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Jorin Bukosky
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Hiking

pretty much just walking along busy roads

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Jennica Alcalde
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sriharshini Nallan
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Alexander Harper
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Great!

Love this place.

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Tiffany Chan
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kevin lin
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Nina Smiles
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Hiking

A good start in getting back outside!

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Tiffany Chan
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r m
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Gaby Klenz
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Hiking

you walk at the street mostly

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Sax Pharack
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Kimmie La Sexy
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Hiking

Beautiful view

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Anumeha Shukla
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Hiking

I wouldn’t recommend it, a lot of people without masks!

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Glenn Juco
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Noce

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Michael Chua
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Vincent Nguyen
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Mountain biking

Nice trail. Not much to expect of.

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Phil Tran
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Hiking

Great!

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Glenn Juco
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Running

Slow pace

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L Strayhorn
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Hiking

The gate was locked between the parking lot and the golf course, where we usually walk as a shortcut. We came back up the stairs, and we tried to walk around the whole lake, but there were so many cars right next to us that it wasn’t a very relaxing stroll. We decided to walk into the neighborhood instead.

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Cindy Hsiao
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Easy access

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Dave Armstrong
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Hiking

Next to the road

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Noele Crooks
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Running

Good loop, paved and more walking by the road than the lake like other reviewers have said. Various points where you can detour and admire the lake views though.

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Turtle Rabbit
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Tyler Chuck
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Hiking

Beautiful walk around the lake! It’s mostly paved and lots of it is next to a street, making for some noise, but the lake is especially pretty as you see it and the historic TPC Harding Park and Olympic Club golf courses flanking it. Great walk!

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Glenn Juco
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Road biking

Nice n easy

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Randolph Mendoza
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Very easy.

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Nestor User
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Stavros Nikolaos
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It was a beautiful day for a walk , the air was clean, the skies were clear & not many people were out.

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Don Burgess
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Crystle Alida
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WalkingGreat!

Awesome walk around the lake. Beautiful day in the city. I LOVE SF!

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