Walk Across the Golden Gate Bridge

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Walk Across the Golden Gate Bridge is a 3.7 mile moderately 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.

Distance: 3.7 miles Elevation Gain: 193 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

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road biking

walking

bird watching

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no dogs

Walk or bike across one of the most beautiful bridges with great views of the San Francisco Bay and the one of the longest suspension spans in the world. The Golden Gate Bridge, which spans from San Francisco to Marin County, is thought by many to be one of the most beautiful bridges in the world, and the opportunity to walk or bike across at least part of it should not be missed. The bridge spans a total length of 1.7 miles, but most people only walk to the first tower and back again. If you are feeling more adventurous, walk across the bridge and continue under the bridge up to the Hendrik Point vista point for a great view of the bridge with the San Francisco skyline in the background. You will also have a great view of Alcatraz and even the Bay Bridge from here. From the Marin side of the Golden Gate Bridge you can continue into the Marin Headlands or head down into Sausalito along the Bay Trail. The Golden Gate Bridge was open to the public on May 28, 1937. The project was awarded Joseph Strauss who was the chief engineer in charge of the construction and design. However, many design components of the bridge, including the towers and the Art Deco elements, were designed Irving Morrow, a relatively unknown architect. The main engineer on the project The official color of the bridge, international orange, was originally meant to be a primer for the bridge but the color has lasted as it provides visibility through fog. The Navy originally wanted the bridge to be black with yellow stripes. It spans 1.7 miles across the Golden Gate Strait which connects San Francisco to the Pacific Ocean is 90 feet wide. It's average height above the water is 220 feet, with the two towers rising up to 746 feet above sea level; more than 80,000 miles of wire were used in the bridge. The bridge cost $35 million to construct and was the longest suspension bridge in the world, holding the title almost 30 years until 1964 when it was overcome by the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in New York. Nineteen men fell off the bridge while it was being built, but there was a safety net in place to catch them. They were later known as the "Half Way to Hell Club" because of their near-death experiences. On its 50th anniversary the bridge was closed to cars and opened to pedestrians who were packed like sardines trying to walk around. The weight of the dense crowd was significantly more than the bridge is used to with cars (the cars are much more spaced out), and the curved bridge became temporarily flat until the weight was lifted. This is a must do, whether you are a Bay Area local or just visiting.

hiking
no shade
3 days ago

walking
6 days ago

Actually the fog was wonderful. Pack extra clothing: it could be hot or not. It was windy. On the south side of the bridge, the Welcome Center staff were informed and helpful.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely something you should do at least once. The bridge does get crowded at times. Walkers and bikers share the trail and it’s going in both directions. Be aware of your surroundings, watch for overzealous bikers as they often do not follow the posted 10mph speed limit. The views are great but it does get cold and windy, even in the summer. Bring a light jacket and you’ll be perfect.

hiking
2 months ago

Early morning fog but pretty!

hiking
2 months ago

Be prepared for wind. Beautiful views. Tons of marine life.

Easy, scenic walk across one of the most recognizable landmarks in the world.

hiking
3 months ago

had fun walking on the golden gate bridge!

hiking
4 months ago

Prepare for cold weather, fog, and biting winds and cross it off your bucket list. A beautiful walk and enjoyable especially if your prepared!

hiking
4 months ago

Long time dream to run the bridge out and back and I did it! 06.21.19 ♥️♥️♥️

hiking
4 months ago

A must do hike! Phenomenal views!

hiking
5 months ago

Busy, but not enough to slow you down. Unfortunately was pretty foggy so the views weren't great.

hiking
5 months ago

Overcrowded, loud, and windy. Wasn’t my idea of a good time.

hiking
5 months ago

Amazing views, easy hike.

5 months ago

Flat walk that is very doable. Fantastic views, can be very windy. All ages traverse the bridge.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy hike.

Parking on the north side and taking a stroller down and up those narrow stairs is ridiculous... second of all, when pedestrians are walking on one side and bicyclists are also taking that side.... it’s ridiculous.

hiking
7 months ago

Never pass up an opportunity to experience an iconic landmark. This was an easy walk with great views. The weather was overcast with light drizzle which took away from some of the views but I basically had the bridge to myself.

hiking
8 months ago

Ran across the bridge on a Sunday morning into the city. Not very crowded as most people just stop and take pictures without heading onto the bridge. Weather was perfect and surface was dry. I was dropped off on Marin side and picked up a Fort Point. Great views!

hiking
8 months ago

A once in a lifetime walk across the Golden Gate. parked in East Battery public parking. Lots of traffic noise (of course), but nice photography shots.

partial road run partial trail run

Mon Oct 08 2018

It's a pedestrian/bike road that takes you across the bridge towards trail heads on both sides. Best bike across a bridge I've experienced. It was much more enjoyable than the bridges of Seattle.

walking
Fri Sep 07 2018

Every time I drive to San Diego From Seattle I stop here. The rest area at the north end of the bridge is my preferred location to stop and take that wonderful walk. For those with inquiring minds you can see a section of the massive steel vertical suspension ropes on the south side of the bridge, near the parking lot. You may miss it if it's foggy out. SF is a great place to hang out for the day.

Sun Jul 15 2018

Enjoyed the walk with my family! We went on a Friday and it was busy. Parking took a little time to find but well worth it!

walking
Fri Jul 13 2018

One of a kind... Have to do this when visiting SF!

walking
Fri Feb 23 2018

Nice view, nice weather

walking
Wed Jan 24 2018

Beautiful views from Golden Gate! So few places that are as scenic as this. Its an awesome walk in the Fall but anytime year round it’s beautiful!

hiking
Wed Oct 25 2017

Very enjoyable walk. Went early on a Sunday morning. Not too crowded. Beautiful views of the bay. Windy easy stroll across the bridge and back.

walking
Sat Sep 09 2017

Best hike ever . a must do when you are visiting SF. You could see Alcatraz and angel island. The view of the open waters is amazing and relaxing. I did this in November 2016.

road biking
Sun Jul 30 2017

A San Francisco tradition. Just do it!

Thu Jun 22 2017

Nothing exciting, but the SF skyline

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