Lands End Trail

MODERATE 812 reviews

Lands End Trail is a 3.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Francisco, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
534 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

Lands End Trail explores the historic Sutro Baths and offers brilliant view of the Pacific. A must see for any visitor to San Francisco. Lands End is the wildest, rockiest corner of San Francisco, a corner strewn with shipwrecks and a history of landslides. At the tip of Lands End is Point Lobos, named by the Spanish for its many lobos marinos (sea wolves); the barks of those sea lions, as they are called today, drifted up from the rocks below. The sea lions have since relocated to the calmer waters of San Francisco Bay. Trails at Lands End offer a cliff-top walk through dark cypress and open grass and 30-mile views up and down the California coast. The craggy headlands that border the Golden Gate have always challenged developers. The rocky exposed bluffs, often windswept and cloaked in fog, have hampered attempts to tame this corner of San Francisco. Despite the terrain, this section of the Coastal Trail was once a railroad bed, and the adjacent street, El Camino del Mark, once extended through Lands End. The two roads led to the Cliff House, Sutro Baths and Ocean Beach. Landslides eventually closed both routes.

hiking
1 day ago

Absolutely beautiful to see the fog lift slowly but surely off of the Golden Gate! Easy hike, and very dog friendly. Loved it!

hiking
2 days ago

I remember hiking here 40 years ago ... only tiny dirt trails. How time changes. Beautiful nevertheless

hiking
3 days ago

Have done this a couple of times. Awesome trail, even in the fog when you can't see the bridge. Great views, cool terrain, varying elevations. We parked next to the golf course and also near the Sutro baths and Cliff House. Pines, eucalyptus, other interesting trees, smooth path, nice places to contemplate.

hiking
4 days ago

Stunning views of the Golden Gate! Walked from the Sutro Baths to the view point at the other side of Land's End, then carried on via Camino Del Mar to the trailhead of the Golden Gate Bridge trail from Baker Beach. Quite the hike if you combine the two!

4 days ago

Great hiking trail with beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge!

hiking
5 days ago

Awesome and conveniently accessible! Ample parking at Sutro Baths. It’s always busy but wait around for 10 min and a spot always clears up. The path is mostly soil and some rocks, especially up and down the cliff side to the beach. Super easy hike if you stay up top, moderately challenging stairs if you go down to the beach. Full of scenic views, dogs, and families. Make sure to explore Sutro Baths as well!

5 days ago

beautiful easy trail!!

walking
6 days ago

One of my favorite trails in the city and a major reason why I love living here. The views are stunning. Well worth the effort.

walking
14 days ago

Really neat for a hike in the city, you don't feel like these gorgeous views can be so close to the metropolitan area. We were able to park right at the bottom of the trail on a weekday, but it was still quite busy. Wonderful if you don't mind passing tons of people on your nature walks, but we did pass tons of people. It's rated moderate because there are stairs. Look for smaller trails going down to the beach below, you can get a better view of the gg bridge, but watch out for homeless that hang out there and harass people. Worth it, would do it again, not the quietest or most serene.
Bathrooms available at the visitor center, parking is free.

hiking
14 days ago

Amazing views, not too steep, can accommodate kids.

walking
15 days ago

16 days ago

Beautiful and scenic trail! Add this one to your list if you haven’t already! :)

hiking
17 days ago

It's a good hiking, with some easy and some hard (moderate) parts and the most beautiful views!

hiking
1 month ago

- Parking: I started and ended at Land's End Eagle Point. There's usually lots of spots along the road where I began.
- Views: beautiful!
- Traffic: there were a lot of people on a sunny Sunday afternoon. That, combined with the relatively narrow trails, made the walk slower than expected.

1 month ago

awesome hike. many things to see. very dog friendly!

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike with shade. Beautiful views along the coast. Came here on a Saturday morning before 10am and was able to find parking in the Lands End Lookout parking lot. After our hike, cars were waiting around for parking. Highly recommend.

1 month ago

Wonderful place. Relaxed easy hike. Better on weekdays

1 month ago

Gorgeous views - definitely very busy but the scenery makes all the traffic worthwhile

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing views. Around every turn was another incredible sight. This is a must do if you're in the area.

2 months ago

Great easy hike for the weekend! Great views of the bridge.

2 months ago

Simply the most beautiful hike close to a major US metro in my opinion.

walking
2 months ago

Easy loop, great view, best to go on a weekday though if you can.

walking
3 months ago

Great for a quick jog or a sunset stroll. Amazing views.

3 months ago

beautiful.

walking
3 months ago

Pretty easy trails. Lots of side trails you can take with wonderful views of the bridge and the bay.

3 months ago

Loved the hike. Great spot and the short ventures off the trail to the rock labyrinth, the baths, and the gorgeous view of the Golden Gate made for a great experience. 4 mile hike became 6 by the end of the day.

3 months ago

Beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge and of the rocky shoreline.

hiking
3 months ago

While I think this trail is definitely worth checking out, I don’t think it’s a 5 star trail if you prefer longer hikes.

There is a parking lot with free parking and when my friend and I got there around 8:15 a.m. there was still a ton of parking left. There is also a bathroom with flush toilets and soap which is really nice. I also liked that the Sutro Baths are right next to the trailhead.

The main thing I didn’t like was how short it was and also the return route on the loop which is mainly on pavement. This is a great trail of you don’t have a lot of time or are going with people who are out of shape. Definitely do not plan this as a day hike though since it will take you less than 1.5 hours to do the whole thing.

I would feel safe doing this trail alone and would do it again maybe next year or the year after. It’s definitely not the best hike around though as the reviews and ratings would lead you to believe.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing hike with great views. Plenty of beaches as you keep going.

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