Lake Merced Trail

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Lake Merced Trail is a 4.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Francisco, California that offers the chance to see wildlife 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.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
127 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

road biking

trail running

walking

bird watching

lake

partially paved

views

wildlife

A paved loop, this trail is popular for joggers, and road bikers. A beautiful loop for a nice day, its a popular spot to walk your dog.

2 months ago

Decent hike.

trail running
7 months ago

It is for the paved road running, not trail running. The loop is a perfect distance to train for a half Marathon. It is relatively flat, so I can maintain a very steady pace. The trail has enough barrier/room from the roads next to it, so the passing traffic doesn’t bother me, and there isn’t much car exhaust smell at all. I love it for a running trail (I probably wouldn’t enjoy it as much as a walking trail).

9 months ago

life like half mile away, helped me lose 20lbs.

9 months ago

Nice walk around the lake. Crowded every now and then, but not too bad.

hiking
11 months ago

Good but can get plenty crowded on the weekend which is,when I did it.

walking
Sunday, January 14, 2018

walking
Sunday, October 01, 2017

Cool, park, but has a side walk part, at one point of the trail, that has traffic noise driving through

walking
Monday, August 28, 2017

my family and I love this place. the lake is beautiful and the park area is really nice also.

walking
Saturday, February 18, 2017

Lots of runners, walkers, and strollers. Don't forget to cross the bridge!

Saturday, February 04, 2017

Monday, November 28, 2016

As others have said, more akin to walking down the street on the sidewalk than walking around a lake on a path. would be a good biking path for little kids, though.

walking
Thursday, June 09, 2016

Lots of traffic especially east side. Cut through Harding golf course for a breath of fresh air

walking
Monday, May 09, 2016

It's a nice paved road circuit, but too many cars do go by here since it's right next to the main Streets and highway. the noise here is so loud that it gets you to the point where you wish you could find a place that was quiet. bring earphones to drown out the noise. Definitely safe to do it considering you don't need to cross the street in oncoming traffic.

road biking
Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Fun!!!

road biking
Monday, February 16, 2015

Traffic is beside you on the whole loop. The lake is beautiful but it's not as peaceful as other trails.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

College kids littered everywhere, but they are usually absorbed in their own worlds (as per usual). Good stretch to walk/run/bike, and a pull-up bar station if you are feeling squirrelly enough.

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24 days ago

recorded Lake Merced Trail

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3 months ago

recorded Lake Merced Trail

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