The Embarcadero to Fisherman's Wharf

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San Francisco, California

The Embarcadero to Fisherman's Wharf is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near San Francisco, California that offers scenic views 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: 26 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

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kid friendly

stroller friendly



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The Embarcadero, which traces San Francisco's eastern shoreline, memorably demonstrates the good that can come from a natural disaster. After the 1989 earthquake, the old freeway was torn down, replaced by a breezy, beautiful promenade. Now you can stroll along the waterfront, past redeveloped piers, all the way to Fisherman's Wharf.

no shade
3 months ago

No shade on sunny days - lots of tourists - go behind the warts to be closer to the water but a bit run down there

9 months ago

Really quite boring except a view of telegraph Hill and bay Bridge.

I’ve been wanting a reason to catch the Vallejo to SF ferry and completing this trail was the reason. Drops you right in front. Thanks

Thu Nov 15 2018

This is a really nice, long, easy walk ☺️

Sun Nov 04 2018

A lot of sight seeing.

Mon Oct 15 2018

Long but lots to see

Sun Sep 09 2018

Awesome... I've walked all the embarcadero many times. I use to work some at pier 23 and later at pier 51. A pleasure to walk any of it.

Mon Feb 26 2018

Walked it about 9 p.m. A few of the restaurants and bars were still open, but most shops and other tourists had called it a night. I did see a couple of large rats that looked to have a nest under the sidewalk near the beach.

Thu May 04 2017

There's a detour at the Wharf due to construction, so you have to walk through a park instead. A bit disappointing hearing the rush of water behind the construction fence and knowing you can't walk there, but a decent walk nonetheless. I started at sundown so most of the walk was at night-- it was well lit and safe, and perfect temperature to walk in without getting overheated.

Tue Jan 10 2017

Walk on the North (water) side of Embarcadero and you can walk unimpeded by traffic lights. You can still catch a few glimpses of Fisherman's Wharf in between the tourist traps. Beautiful views of the Bay, Angel Island, Alcatraz, and Telegraph Hill

Thu Jul 14 2016

Touristy, but fun to walk and stop in the shops for souvenirs or delicious food.

Wed Jul 13 2016

More of a touristy walk but interesting!

Mon May 23 2016

Go early to miss the crowds, but if people watching is your thing, it's gold

Mon May 02 2016

Plenty of people watching and can be very crowded. Overall a nice place to walk.

Fri Apr 29 2016

This is a must-see for SF. Great little touristy walk to just have fun with.

Thu Mar 17 2016

There are many shops here. Go see the sea lions at one of the piers, can't think of the exact one off hand, and fight the crowds. Or at least fight them in June. The weather will be a lot cooler than you would think so if you are cold-natured, bring a light jacket.

Fri Aug 07 2015

I'm a native so I pretty much don't visit the tourist spots unless I'm showing company the city. Yet, it's an SF must see. There's been a trend of casualizing the area. The Franciscan used to be a place to dress up was ASabella's which is now an Applebees. Nothing wrong with that, but the area is changing.

Sat Aug 24 2013

Great place to spend a few hours or most of the day.

Thu Aug 08 2013

Great place to go. Not to sure how it is considered a trail, but great place to go to

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Tue Jul 05 2011

Tourist area with great views. Plenty of places to go, and hotels to choose from.

Wed Mar 09 2011

I generally don't like urban trails, but who could dislike the San Fancisco Bay? I was even sick when I walked this, and I still liked it. The SF waterfront and all the urban and marine scenes made this a truly memorable walk. Remember, if you want to make a side trip to Alcatraz, it is very popular, and the tours require reservations.

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