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San Francisco Crosstown Trail is a 17 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near San Francisco, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 17.0 mi Elevation gain 1,955 ft Route type Point to Point
Dogs on leash Hiking Running Beach Forest Lake Partially paved Views City walk
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San Francisco's Crosstown Trail is a mixture of hiking trails, various parks, hidden paths, and more! For those looking to check out San Francisco, this trail is right for you. The crosstown trail literally takes you across San Francisco allowing hikers or bikers to see what SF has to offer! (Note that the bike trails are a bit different from the hiking trail.) The trail begins at Candlestick Point and ends at Lands End. As you follow the trek across San Francisco, check out the different sights this trail has to offer (such as the beautiful Moraga Steps, which is also listed in AllTrails). Hikers will be able to walk past different gardens, coffee shops, bookstores and more! Thirsty? Stop by one of San Francisco's local coffee shops for some good old joe (and maybe a pastry or two)! At the end of the trail, hikers can grab dinner at Lands End. Users have reported that this trail takes most of the day if starting early. That being said you may be able to catch the sunset at Lands End! Looking to hike some more? Check out our Lands End Trail, another fun San Francisco hike! Note: Hikers can also opt out of hiking the whole trail as this trail is also connected by public transportation systems.

Coffee shops & restaurants along the trek. Stop by for a quick bite to eat or something to drink!

Wear sturdy shoes/a hat, bring water, and have your map handy (as the trail is not signed)!

The trail begins at Candlestick Park. Hikers can choose to uber/lyft, drive, or take public transportation. Candlestick Park has a parking lot, but it closes at 6PM. Note: Public transportation and uber/lyft are the more popular ways to get to the trailhead.

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Vince Su
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Headed up north from SoCal to escape the Labor Day weekend inferno. Turned out to be pretty hot in SF too. I followed the exact route from Candlestick Point Reaction Area up to Lands End. By the time I reached the end it's already past 8 PM so couldn't see anything. This route took you through some of the lesser trafficked areas of San Francisco, past many residential neighborhoods, hidden little local parks, stairways, grand vista points, tiny urban forests and finally large natural areas of the SF north coast. I took the MUNI back to my hotel room in Mission after I'm done with this lengthy walk. Overall a productive day. Took me longer than usual due to the heat.

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Tiffany Loewenberg
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Great part of the trail linking glen park green space and glen canyon.

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Tyler Chuck
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful walk through SF! With potential for fire, so many of the regional parks were closed, so it was nice to get out for an urban hike! The route is fairly straightforward. Parked one car at Lands End and drove back to Candlestick Point to start. The walk itself is pretty easy and takes you through many paths and city streets. Helps you to see the City in a new way. Drove back to Candlestick Point after finishing for a nice hike!

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Alvin Yee
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Lela Managadze
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Did with my friend and her German Shepherd and loved it!

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Kela Driggs
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Such a fun hike!

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G B
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Candlestick park was nice, but Hunter's Point expway out of it lined with shady vehicles. Uncomfortable (but short) in morning. Would not want to get there at sunset. Otherwise, swapped a couple busy streets for their parallels. Try to go on a day with good viz. Saw the Farralons from Grandview (30 miles out, slightly S of W). To catch the sun set into the ocean had to rush as far as Mile Rock Beach. Hat's off for the Laguna Honda trail, and the good folks who conceived this route thru all these hidden gems!

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Jeff Goslin
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Sweet ass walk

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Andrew Hatt
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Great trail- first two sections along the Southern end were my personal favorite, in large part due to the welcoming and awesome people along the way! Visitacion Valley Greenway was magical, as was the scenic but difficult portion through Forest Hills and Golden Gate Hikes. We got to the end at Lands End right at sunset- highly recommend!

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Sharon Kim
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great way to fall in love with SF again

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David Schwartz
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we went from Glen Park to Forest Hill. And right now as we emerge from Forest Hill it was a lovely French Bistro called the Chou choy where we are just sitting out to have lunch what a cool day!

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Jason Allen
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We set out to do part of the trail today. It was fantastic. People along the way were very friendly, and we had delicious coffee at the first stop.

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Magda K
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HikingGreat!

Incredible hike that allows you to see the city from a super unique perspective! Did it in one day and it took us around 7 hours for the whole thing.

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Stavros Mitchelides
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Hiking

LOVED this unique hike! I read about this trail in the New York Times on Thursday, and completed it 2 days later. I strongly recommend that you do NOT leave your car at the southern end of the trail at Candlestick Point, it's not safe. Park at Lands End.

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Marcus Needham
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Hiking

Don't overlook the SE end of this -- the views from McLaren Park are excellent, and the section through the Visitacion Valley Greenway is a hidden gem.

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Matt R
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This is a great way to see the city. The Candlestick area is a little trashy, but don't let that deter you. I've left my car there a couple times and haven't had an issue. Just be smart and don't leave anything in your car. The scenery gets progressively nicer as you work your way across town, ending with stunning views at Lands End. I took the 38R & 29 buses to get back across town and then it was a short walk to Candlestick.

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Akhil Jaya Sathyan
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Hiking

Great urban hike! Skip the portions after Glen Park towards Candlestick Point. Kinda shady and the views were..meh.

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kayllamo llam
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Awesome

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Brandon Ripley
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Great forested route across San Francisco

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Larry Zhou
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Great way to see the city!

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Stacey Speer
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Did this one in a single day and it was great! It took us about 7.5 hours, stopping twice to eat.

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Ben Echols
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Alex Avis
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Hong Chun
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Eric Linser
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Brenda Sanchez
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Dylan Waits
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Jennifer Lazar
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Alex Caffee
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