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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.4 miles Elevation Gain: 538 feet Route Type: Loop

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Lands End Trail explores the historic Sutro Baths and offers brilliant view of the Pacific. A must see for any visitor to San Francisco. This 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), as 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.

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2 days ago

Loved this hike! Definitely one of my favorite ones I’ve done. We were able to hike down to the labyrinth and beach which was very cool.

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rocky
3 days ago

Perfect trail/hike for the whole family ! Took our 5 & 6 year old girls for their first hike and everyone did well !

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7 days ago

Amazing on a sunny day. More crowded than I’d expect for a Tuesday during shelter in place. Hard to maintain 6ft in some places

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rocky
7 days ago

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7 days ago

On a perfect weather day, it is hard to beat the Lands End coastal Trail. So much to see in such a gorgeous setting.

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7 days ago

Great trail. A little warm and busy today even though we got there early.

Very beautiful trail with nice scenic views! The trail is dusty with some loose gravels so highly recommend trail shoes instead of casual shoes. Highly recommend a visit here if you’re in San Francisco!

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8 days ago

This trail was beautiful, my son and I both enjoyed it from start to finish. It is kid friendly, there are two ways to enter the trail. One of them is not stroller friendly. We found parking pretty easily. There is also a lot of people walking their dogs, which if you do not like them then this is not the place for you. I will be going back soon. I loved it.

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8 days ago

Solid short hike in SF with views of golden gate. Can be breezy so bring a light long sleeve if you get cold easily. Looking to extend outbound? We walked the nearby community (very clean and not typical SF.......) wrap up the trip with brunch or lunch to go from downtown top spots). Lots of parking on main road if you arrive semi early before noon Cheers

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12 days ago

Main parking lot was closed due to Covid, but we found parking along the street near the Cliff House. The trail was beautiful and had a little of everything, slight inclines and stairs. The break off to Lands End Labrinth was awesome and worth the steep stairs on the way back out. My daughters, ages 13 and 9, were impressed with the views. Definitelyan enjoyable half day!

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13 days ago

Absolutely one of the most beautiful hikes in the city. Went today, plenty of parking around the Cliff House. People on the trail but it only felt crowded now and then when the trail narrows in places. Even a good number of folks mulling around on Ocean Beach with patrol driving right by, not asking folks to leave. Wonderful place to visit whether you're a tourist or you live here like us.

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17 days ago

Made the full loop today as the fog burned off in the mid afternoon (minus the Sutro Baths loop). Stopped off at the Legion of Honor Museum parking lot (also blocked off for Covid restrictions) and we were treated to the top of one of the Golden Gate Bridge pillars peaking out of the fog! Back at the upper parking lot lookout, we got to see the bottom half of the bridge. Lovely day. Lucky to find a tiny parking space on adjacent Seal Rock Dr. for our little Prius.

Great afternoon hike - moderate elevation and stair climbs. Beautiful views and some history placards.

1 month ago

havent visited yet, can someone please email me if this park trail is open for hikes & where or what street to park (since parking lot is closed). thank you! maritza.lopez00@gmail.com

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1 month ago

Honestly a game changer for me, living in this big city. One of my favorites and a recommendation to my (bartender) guests who are visiting. Very relaxing stroll. Can be very windy at times, so pack accordingly.

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1 month ago

Beautiful trail, one of my favorite hikes!

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1 month ago

Beautiful trail with incredible views. Partially on road with cars is the only complaint.

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1 month ago

Stunningly beautiful! easy to park on street near cliff house since lots are closed.

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2 months ago

Beautiful flowers blooming this time of year. It’s great to have an area like this in our metropolitan city.

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2 months ago

Lands End trail was so pure and beautiful, you get caught up on the view throughout this moderate hike, I know it can be hard during the worlds most difficult times always stay safe. Overall my body and mind felt at peace!

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2 months ago

Good crowd. Beautiful view!

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2 months ago

Amazing views of the bay and Golden Gate Bridge. Small detours down to the beach offer nice place to watch the waves. There were cool mussels and starfish to explore down on Lands End beach. Lots of people today, and many dogs too. Overall great experience!

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2 months ago

This is a beautiful beautiful hike!! I just wish that people would keep their dogs "on leash" like it says!!

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muddy
2 months ago

I live minutes away from Lands End and golden gate park and yet it never gets old coming here for my regular run. The views are always mesmerizing and gorgeous rain or shine, even when it’s foggy. Was a little muddy in some areas due to the rain from earlier in the morning and yet I saw some people (most likely tourists) who went over the fence with a clear sign that you’re not suppose to; all for the sake of a selfie/pic. Sadly, some will ignore the warning and this is when danger comes. The cliffs are high here and accidents do happen. People should be more careful and respect the warning signs and the place.

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2 months ago

Light rain didn’t stop anybody. Beautiful day for the trail. There’s so much to see and the bests views are hidden gems.

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2 months ago

Beautiful clear day after a morning shower. Great views of the bay, the foliage was glistening green as the sun was flitting through the trees. Great day for a hike in SF. Loved it and highly recommend this trail as it is beautiful in all manner of weather.

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3 months ago

Beautiful view walk along the shore towards the Golden Gate Bridge. This is a great way to experience San Francisco’s scenic coastline. We went to China Beach and then returned the way we came.

3 months ago

Land's End is so special. It has a little bit of everything: history, flora, fauna, a meditative labyrinth, beach, proximity to the arts... even golf (ew, manicured lawns)! Regarding the history, it is threefold here. Obviously the Sutro Bath Ruins are a main attraction, as is the World War II memorial, but also the massive Cypress trees themselves which are not a native tree to the area were originally planted by the Civilian Conservation Core during the Great Depression. This hike/walk is all the more impressive when you consider the massive restoration that has taken place, particularly near the parking lot closest to the Cliff House. The entire area was once a monoculture of wild radish and while Eastern sections still are, this renovated West end is remarkably biodiverse now due to the efforts of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy's Site Stewardship program.

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3 months ago

Would recommend walking east on the Coastal Trail to get great views of the GGB! Lots of 4 hour parking around, also some street parking available

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