Best city walk trails in San Francisco, California

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Explore the most popular city walk trails near San Francisco with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of city walk trails in San Francisco, California
Top trails (29)
#1 - Glen Canyon to Twin Peaks
Glen Canyon Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 1 m
#2 - Mount Davidson
Mount Davidson Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 24 m
Named after famous geographer and Sierra Club charter member George Davidson, Mount Davidson is the highest natural point in San Francisco. Visitors to the park find striking panoramic views of the city, amidst a heavily forested backdrop. The park is in the geographic center of the city, with Twin Peaks to the north and Glen Park to the east. The park is also known for its large concrete cross, which is now owned by The Council of Armenian American Organizations of Northern California.Show more
#3 - San Francisco Crosstown Trail
Glen Canyon Park
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Length: 17 mi • Est. 7 h 58 m
San Francisco's Crosstown Trail is a mixture of hiking trails, various parks, hidden paths, and more! For those looking to check out San Francisco, this trail is right for you. The crosstown trail literally takes you across San Francisco allowing hikers or bikers to see what SF has to offer! (Note that the bike trails are a bit different from the hiking trail.) The trail begins at Candlestick Point and ends at Lands End. As you follow the trek across San Francisco, check out the different sights this trail has to offer (such as the beautiful Moraga Steps, which is also listed in AllTrails). Hikers will be able to walk past different gardens, coffee shops, bookstores and more! Thirsty? Stop by one of San Francisco's local coffee shops for some good old joe (and maybe a pastry or two)! At the end of the trail, hikers can grab dinner at Lands End. Users have reported that this trail takes most of the day if starting early. That being said you may be able to catch the sunset at Lands End! Looking to hike some more? Check out our Lands End Trail, another fun San Francisco hike! Note: Hikers can also opt out of hiking the whole trail as this trail is also connected by public transportation systems.Show more
#4 - Lake Merced Loop
Lake Merced Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 1 h 54 m
A paved loop, this trail is popular with cyclists, dog walkers, and especially joggers. A beautiful walk for a nice day.Show more
#5 - Presidio Promenade Trail
Presidio of San Francisco
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 6 m
A multi use trail that navigate through the Presidio, The Presido Promenade is an excellent path for joggers, and casual cyclists. Start at the Lincoln Blvd Parking area and connect with the Promenade Trail, Trail ends at Lombard St.Show more
#6 - Moraga Steps
Grand View Park
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Length: 0.1 mi • Est. 2 m
Colorful tile steps at the end of Moraga Street at the corner of 16th St and Moraga St.Show more
#7 - Lombard Street
San Francisco, California
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Length: 0.2 mi • Est. 7 m
Driving through the swerving portion is what everybody prefers, but walking through that street up to the famous spot and taking the stairs is the ultimate experience. Often billed as the "crookedest street," San Francisco's Lombard Street is, in fact, neither the crookedest nor the steepest street in the city, let alone the world. Oddly, that fact doesn't deter the hordes of tourists who come every year to see this famous street, built with eight switchbacks on a 40-degree slope. The main attraction of Lombard Street is watching people drive down the crooked, one-block section, or driving down it yourself. On a busy day, a seemingly-endless stream of automobiles and scooters buzz down, their passengers squealing in mock fear at every turn. If you're on foot, you can walk down (or up) the sidewalks and watch the show.Show more
#8 - Filbert Steps to Telegraph Hill
San Francisco, California
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Length: 0.5 mi • Est. 23 m
#9 - The Embarcadero to Fisherman's Wharf
San Francisco, California
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 1 h 50 m
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. Accessibility: The trail surface is paved concrete/boardwalk and typically at least four feet wide. The grade is gentle (all estimated under 3%) so this trail should be navigable for most wheelchair and stroller users.Show more
#10 - Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 50 m
This is a must-visit for all visitors to and citizens of San Francisco. This hill is in the middle of the city, offering incredible views of the whole city. You can access it from all directions, not just the starting point shown here. There are several paved roads leading to the top, that can be driven, walked, or biked.Show more
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