The Embarcadero to Fisherman's Wharf

EASY 44 reviews

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

wheelchair friendly

kid 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.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

walking
Thursday, 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.

walking
Tuesday, January 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

Thursday, July 14, 2016

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

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

More of a touristy walk but interesting!

walking
Monday, May 23, 2016

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

Monday, May 02, 2016

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

Friday, April 29, 2016

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

walking
Thursday, March 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.

walking
Friday, August 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 to...as was ASabella's which is now an Applebees. Nothing wrong with that, but the area is changing.

walking
Saturday, August 24, 2013

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

hiking
Thursday, August 08, 2013

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

scenic driving
Tuesday, July 05, 2011

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

walking
Wednesday, March 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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