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
137 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

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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
2 months ago

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
4 months ago

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
5 months ago

A San Francisco tradition; just do it!

7 months ago

Nothing exciting, but the SF skyline

9 months ago

Beautiful Saturday afternoon... 3.7 mile to and fro ...

9 months ago

Great sunny day.... fun walking across.

walking
10 months ago

Gorgeous day, less windy than we expected. Loved that cyclists were separated from the walkers. Highly recommended!

11 months ago

Absolutely stunning view!

walking
11 months ago

One of those walks you have to check off your list. Pretty busy all year round, but easy and fun

hiking
Thursday, November 03, 2016

One of my favorite places on earth. I've only walked it once with a close friend. On the same day we took the ferry out and hiked a couple of hikes on Angel Island. I was born at Letterman and something draws me to the area. I enjoyed many days being at the helm of my boat looking up at the beautiful Golden Gate on my way out to the open sea...

walking
Sunday, July 24, 2016

Great and very memorable walk. Do not miss when in SF! Be prepared for high winds.

walking
Saturday, June 04, 2016

Everyone must do this at least once. It's one of the most iconic bridges in the world. Looks great in any kind of weather. Beware, for it is very popular and there will be many others walking along side you. Keep an hear out for anytime you hear the bridge being closed down, because they often keep it open to visitors. I went with the bridge closed down once and it was wonderful to experience the majestic bridge without the rumblings of the traffic.

Monday, May 02, 2016

Everyone should do this walk at least once.

walking
Thursday, February 25, 2016

We walked the bridge during its 75th anniversary year: http://www.goldengatebridge75.org/. It’s just an awesome walk. It opened May 27th, 1937 and has a fascinating history. Joseph B. Strauss headed up the project and learned a lot about bridges during the $35M and four years it took to build. He dedicated the bridge with a poem:
“At last the mighty task is done; Resplendent in the western sun The Bridge looms mountain high; Its titan piers grip ocean floor, Its great steel arms link shore with shore, Its towers pierce the sky.”
Here are some more interesting facts - http://mentalfloss.com/article/64379/20-awesome-facts-about-golden-gate-bridge.
Driving from the city, make sure you take the last right turn just before you reach the toll booth area. Good parking lot, visitor center and bridge access is here. It can be crowded and hard to find a spot, but wait as people come and go constantly. It was a foggy, windy day and gave us the full SF Golden Gate Bridge bucket list experience. Not to miss.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Walking the golden gate bridge is a highlight of any trip to San Francisco. I have only walked it a handful of times and I have lived here my entire life. It can be pretty windy on the bridge, so wear a jacket or wind breaker.

The views of the Marin headlands are great and you can see Angel Island, Alcatraz, and the entire skyline of downtown SF.

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