Land's End Trail via Sutro Baths and Coastal Trail

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Land's End Trail via Sutro Baths and Coastal Trail is a 0.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back 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 but must be kept on leash.

Length0.8 miElevation gain141 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashWheelchair friendlykid friendlystroller friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingForestPartially pavedViewsWildflowersWildlifeHistoric site
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According to Access Northern California (http://accessnca.org/access-northern-california/explore/explore-detail-view/?site_id=132): At San Francisco's northernwestern tip, this forested, windswept park is perched on steep bluffs overlooking the Golden Gate and Pacific shoreline. On a clear day, its sweeping views take in the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, Point Reyes, and the Farallon Islands, as well as the rocky shore below. The Coastal Trail here follows what's left of the bed of the old railway that Adolph Sutro built in the 1880s to bring day-trippers from downtown to Sutro Baths and the Cliff House. Rail service ended in 1925 after a landslide destroyed a section of track. Begin your visit at the park's western end, Point Lobos Overlook, where you can orient yourself at the visitor center. The visitor center sits directly above the former Sutro Baths and features a museum store, café, and educational and interpretive exhibits highlighting the natural landscape and cultural history of this site. From a promenade with benches that runs along the western edge of the parking lot, take a moment to look down on the ruins of Sutro Baths. Splashed with surf at high tide, the concrete slabs and stairs are all that remain of a grand glass-enclosed bathhouse, with fresh and saltwater pools, that stood here from 1890 to 1966, when it burned down. The difficulty rating for this trail is based on what the experience may be like for manual wheelchair or stroller users. From the northwestern end of the lot, you can follow the Coastal Trail north around Point Lobos for sweeping views of the Golden Gate. Another short hike leaves from the eastern edge of the Merrie Way parking lot, where a wide gravel path follows El Camino del Mar to the West Fort Miley parking lot and USS San Francisco memorial. A piece of the bridge of the Navy's heavy cruiser has been installed here in memory of those who fought and died on the ship in the World War II battle of Guadalcanal. Accessibility: There are at least 7 designated handicapped-accessible spaces in the Merrie Way lot off Pt. Lobos Ave that are firm and have a 2% cross slope or less. There is a wheelchair-accessible bathroom in the Land's End Visitor Center (which is also wheelchair-accessible). In addition, accessible portable units are at the northeast corner of the parking lot for the USS San Francisco memorial, at the end of El Camino. From the plaza and seating area at its entrance, a broad paved trail winds up through a native plant garden that blooms thickly with wildflowers in the spring, including beach strawberry, paintbrush, lupin, buckwheat, and seaside daisies. As you climb, pause to look back at the ocean, Cliff House, and Seal Rocks through the trees; you may see structures of brush and branches piled in the forest below to provide shelter for birds. You soon come to a juncture with a broad, paved trail; follow it to the left. Monterey cypress and pine trees dominate here. Interpretive signs along the trail tell the area's history. After a short distance, you come to a paved, semicircular overlook with spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands. When the weather is nice this stretch of trail can be very busy, and many people stop to pose for photos. Access to the remnants of Sutro Baths is along the sidewalk on Point Lobos Ave. and then down a very steep approach with a severe cross slope. Adventurous motorized wheelchair riders have safely navigated this trail but it's advisable to do it with a companion. Across the street from the Point Lobos Overlook, wide and level decomposed-granite paths lead through Sutro Heights, a formally landscaped 18-acre park that was once the grounds of Adolph Sutro's mansion. Continue a short distance to a second overlook, where at low tide you may see remains of the Lyman Stewart and the Frank Buck, two of the many ships that have sunk along this rocky, foggy coast. The orange-and-white striped caisson perched on an offshore rock is the automated Mile Rocks lighthouse. Past this point, the pavement ends and the trail becomes rough and frequently muddy. Adventurous wheelchair riders may want to continue a short distance, but will soon come to a steep section and stairs. Near the California Palace of the Legion of Honor art museum in Lincoln Park, an overlook perched atop Eagles Point offers views of the Marin Headlands, Golden Gate Bridge, and on a clear day even Point Reyes. The hard-packed, quarter-mile dirt trail that leads from El Camino del Mar to the overlook is part of the Coastal Trail. You can follow it past the overlook a few hundred feet to a spot with better views of the Golden Gate Bridge, but just beyond that you come to a flight of stairs.

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Katherine French
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Wide paths, well maintained, nice views of Pacific Ocean and Golden Gate Bridge

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Terilyn Jennings
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We loved it. Will definitely go back.

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Afsheen Abid
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So beautiful with amazing views and smell of greens!!! Serene

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Lela Managadze
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Lovely trail, not excessively busy on this beautiful Sunday afternoon. couldn’t finish - will be back!

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Steven G
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Mix of flat and elevated trails. Pretty busy on a Saturday. Good views of the ocean and GG bridge from different points. You’ll get to see China Beach and Baker Beach too. Just a heads-up: stay on El Camino after the turn and don’t go to the golf trails even though the map says so. We got a couple of golfers staring at us with their killing eyes.

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Eli Obando
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It was great and easy to follow!

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Brett Yamaguchi
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Preethish Shetty
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Huy Nguyen
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Great hike

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Chloe Doberstein
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Otilija Borisovaite
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Annette N
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Roland Dinoso
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Naomi Mahoney
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Well trafficked but still enjoyable early in morning. Stunning views, easy steps and gentle climbs.

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Prajin Jonchhe
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Prabesh Joshi
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Lupe Alcantar
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Awesome

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Eric Valdez
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Hue Huynh
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Spectacular view of the ocean and Golden Gate Bridge. Great hike for kids, and the trail has wide pathways. Get here early before the sunset because it gets dark quick!

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Lily Shabani
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Gorgeous but pretty crowded.

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Saurabh Rajpal
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Amazing trail. Try to go out early morning as it gets busy.

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Rene K
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Cecilia Olivares
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Muy buena caminata

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Stephen Hamano
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Always fun

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Arpit Uppal
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beautiful coastal views and access to the beach and water. gets muddy on wet days but hard to upset with gorgeous foggy views.

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Akshat Agarwal
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Really beautiful hike right next to the coastline. Can go down to Mile Rock beach which is a short detour, but possibly the only “moderate” part of the hike, rest of it is an easy stroll. Dog-friendly hike and usually pretty crowded since it’s super accessible.

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Brian Cordeiro
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Jonathan Crosby
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Kathy Fanning
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Eric Palhegyi
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Okay, I was just being a bummer earlier. It was nice

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