Explore the most popular city walk trails in California with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Good, quick hike right outside of San Francisco (South SF). Probably the quickest way up to the top to Mt. Bruno Ridge trail from the very bottom; the first third of the trail is straight up the hill. Probably a difficult rating for the first third, but its over quickly so the overall trail is fairly moderate.

This is a terrible running route and should be called Rolling Hills Horse Poop. The first mile had me fooled because it’s gorgeous with a nice soft trail and lots of shade. At mile 1.5 you realize this route is totally Frankensteined together with some trail, lots of road, private property, and a lot of narrow horse poop littered trail. Literally the entire last half mile is 6” deep horse shit because you’re running along a stable fence line and the people who live there are just dumping horse poop over the fence.

It was a pain in the ass to navigate. If you’re trying to maintain any kind of pace, just run on the roads the whole time. This trail took me 30% longer to run just to figure out where I was supposed to be going.

I commend whoever recorded this for cobbling together a route out of what was available, but these trails are better left for horses than runners.

hiking
8 days ago

Very nicely done by the city of Sacramento! Maybe a 3+ but too flat and too little to see for anything higher. Did see what looked like a Peregrine Falcon but a Falcon for sure and not a hawk. Two miles of sidewalk through at least 3 city parks and a couple of schools. Clean and well taken care of... No homeless like Modesto and Manteca. Connects up with other trails on both ends...

walking
9 days ago

Obviously crowded but Palm Drive is a nice semi quiet section. Great evening walk and seeing campus highlights.

walking
9 days ago

Nice neighborhood park for a morning walk. Went around the loop a few times.

Beautiful locale, would be amazing if the County revived it for theatre and live performances!

Nice trail with many opportunities to view wildlife and gorgeous rock formations. Also food and restrooms available along the way. An easy walk.

I'd rate this easy, not moderate...it's a levee trail after all and so basically level. We actually parked at Sunset State Beach (although you can park on the road side for free) and got to the trail via the 0.6 mile connector on the map. That is a private road through an organic farm and we planned to ask permission but never saw anyone. You could avoid this by entering about a mile up the trail at the Waste Water Treatment Plant where there is a dedicated parking area. The trail is actually a levee road, at least as far as we went to Main St. in Watsonville, mostly dirt but with a short paved section and is wide enough for two bike riders with the Pajaro River on one side and strawberry and cauliflower fields on the other.
Plus: we saw a big bobcat hunting on the river side.
Minus: we got punctures in all four tires from tiny thorns.

scenic driving
14 days ago

Make sure it's a clear day and you'll get great views of the city; if the fog is in, don't bother. Have been on top during both conditions. On a nice day, it's basically a party on top. Enjoy the views, some good sitting areas, spray can art, and all kinds of fun. Take a picnic if you can find a parking spot.

walking
14 days ago

Easy to get to. A lot of the hike is all open so plenty of sunshine and almost gets too hot!

scenic driving
14 days ago

Fun drive

absolutely beautiful!

scenic driving
16 days ago

Must do in SF; especially when the flowers are blooming; be prepared to wait on the uphill on the other side as it is only one way down. Be considerate of the residents who live on the road. Enjoy the view of Coit Tower. Drive it and walk it.

The start of the route is extremely dirty, so we decided not to experience the whole route. I wouldn’t recommend this hike

hiking
19 days ago

Interesting but short...

walking
20 days ago

when it gets too hot to hike the mtns and desert, go urban hiking lol. this was fun and you get to see some little known places around northern central downtown.

20 days ago

The tiled steps are quite beautiful, if you go in the middle of the day. Avoid the crowds

Nice peaceful trail between the Tuolumne River and the back of the Modesto Airport. Nice river views. The 1st part of the park has lawn and a playground and the back 2/3 is natural with mostly oaks and a few walnut trees. Saw a few people fishing and a few homeless in the area.

hiking
21 days ago

Not so much a hike as a walk in the park. Beautiful in July, with all the lotuses blooming on the lake. Very popular and friendly, and interesting history in the area.

Very nice clean area to walk, bike or wheel along in your chair. It has a pretty good amount of shade and is used by a lot of people but mostly women. I saw a lot of moms with strollers. It connects with some shaded neighborhoods that I noticed a lot of people were using as well. It also goes by a couple of city parks. This used to be an old railway and is signed with plaques everywhere. There are metal benches and picnic tables every few hundred yards.

great way to spend the day

That's a must see place in San Francisco. traffic is terribly bad (may that was weekend).

walking
27 days ago

Great for walking and bay views

A bit too easy. Great views! Bring gloves for when you're at the peak and in cloud cover if your hands freeze like mine do.

hiking
28 days ago

City bike path that goes over the top of underground Hetch Hetchy water delivered to Crystal Springs for San Francisco's drinking water. It's also a power line corridor. Clean path with no homeless seen including the 2 parks it goes beside. Asphalt path that goes along in a constant ssss. It goes past Chrysler 99 Park and Wesson Ranch Park. Decent place for the locals to walk.

Very nice. Little trails all over. You could get lost. We went out and around to the river. Found great little spot to put our feet in.

walking
1 month ago

Great city walk. We followed the map and never stepped off concrete. The bridges were fun and gave you something to count and look forward to along the way. It was a full 6 miles plus. Fairly flat for the most part, I’d consider this an easy walk other than the distance.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a really beautiful stop. The steps and landscaping are very well done. Don’t just climb to the top of the steps; continue on to the top of Grand View Park for sweeping views all the way from Golden Gate Park to Downtown San Francisco.

Pretty nice trail. Plenty of hikers, runners, and bikers. Definitely dog friendly. It’s woodsy enough to feel like you’re in the woods and not worrying about getting lost cuz you’re literally in someone’s backyard.

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