Explore the most popular Lake 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.

hiking
scramble
2 days ago

hiking
2 days ago

Easy walk. One I’ve done many times.

Candlestick park was nice, but Hunter's Point expway out of it lined with shady vehicles. Uncomfortable (but short) in morning. Would not want to get there at sunset. Otherwise, swapped a couple busy streets for their parallels. Try to go on a day with good viz. Saw the Farralons from Grandview (30 miles out, slightly S of W). To catch the sun set into the ocean had to rush as far as Mile Rock Beach. Hat's off for the Laguna Honda trail, and the good folks who conceived this route thru all these hidden gems!

Sweet ass walk

Happened to go on a day where the sun was out so it was a plesant walk. if you are walking around the base/exterior of Stow Lake, it is pretty easy. The steps going up Strawberry Hill are a little steep but not that hard. Not much of a view at the top since the trees are blocking , but a nice place where there were numerous people reading. The most unpleasant thing was the dirty pond/reservoir that was located around the middle of the hill right behind the falls. Huntington Falls is pretty for an artificial falls since it pools between stepping stones (man-made) and runs into Stow Lake. The smell close to the falls was not a fresh scent, but I won't say it was terrible or unbearable. Overall, a pleseant hike/walk away from the city.

No clear path and v

Great trail- first two sections along the Southern end were my personal favorite, in large part due to the welcoming and awesome people along the way! Visitacion Valley Greenway was magical, as was the scenic but difficult portion through Forest Hills and Golden Gate Hikes. We got to the end at Lands End right at sunset- highly recommend!

great way to fall in love with SF again

This is the route I used to test fitness post surgery using pain as a guide. Finished across from conserv flow.

we went from Glen Park to Forest Hill. And right now as we emerge from Forest Hill it was a lovely French Bistro called the Chou choy where we are just sitting out to have lunch what a cool day!

We set out to do part of the trail today. It was fantastic. People along the way were very friendly, and we had delicious coffee at the first stop.

LOVED this unique hike! I read about this trail in the New York Times on Thursday, and completed it 2 days later. I strongly recommend that you do NOT leave your car at the southern end of the trail at Candlestick Point, it's not safe. Park at Lands End.

Excellent route! Most of the way is on trails, not sidewalks. It's got great views, a few good neighborhoods, and some trail sections and spots that I hadn't seen before. You won't pass any shops between the bottom of Glen Park and Irving St. But then you have multiple options within a few blocks: noodles, pho, dumplings, fish tacos. We hit Andronico's and ate at Stowe Lake in the park. Great day, tour, and workout.

Saw two guys having sex by the windmill Still a fun trail though five out of five

Don't overlook the SE end of this -- the views from McLaren Park are excellent, and the section through the Visitacion Valley Greenway is a hidden gem.

hiking
4 months ago

Boring with more views of cars than the lake

Great little trail. Cool history to it. We also went out to the Japanese tea garden, which is why our distance is longer than the 2.0 mi.

This is a great way to see the city. The Candlestick area is a little trashy, but don't let that deter you. I've left my car there a couple times and haven't had an issue. Just be smart and don't leave anything in your car. The scenery gets progressively nicer as you work your way across town, ending with stunning views at Lands End. I took the 38R & 29 buses to get back across town and then it was a short walk to Candlestick.

hiking
4 months ago

Too bad this paved path runs parallel to a looped busy boulevard because the constant stream of vehicles creates lots of noise and exhaust. Loud and stinky. There are various places where a walker can cut in closer to Lake Merced and those places are beautiful although not marked and some of these paths are not maintained at all and dead end into overgrown impassable brush. But when you can cut in the walk is very nice and quiet and pretty with snatches of views of the lake and plenty of song bird activity year ‘round. I suppose if you’re an urban jogger with music plugged in with ear gear that cancels out background noise at least heavy vehicle traffic sound wouldn’t be an issue. Still exhaust.

all the GG park highlights!

Great urban hike! Skip the portions after Glen Park towards Candlestick Point. Kinda shady and the views were..meh.

Short and sweet, beautiful!

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful! Loved all the little things along the way.

hiking
off trail
5 months ago

Not the most scenic route through golden gate park.

on Golden Gate Park Trail

hiking
5 months ago

7.11 miles on my A-5 razer scooter... so much fun

hiking
5 months ago

I am having trouble understanding why All Trail hikers would rate this “Sidewalk” trail at 4 Stars. Heavily trafficked with real traffic as it mostly follows the highway. If you love golf courses, then you will like this hike more because you do go by two of them. Next time I’m in this same area, I’m going to the Zoo instead because it is still the same kind of hike, but no cars.

running
6 months ago

This is a beautiful paved and partial running trail path which is in a decently safe area (daytime) surrounding a lake. It’s great for walkers, joggers, runners, bikes and family and friends. You can also picnic, kayak or row if you choose. Approximately 4.5 miles. :)

Beautiful park! Nothing steep, just long. Lot of flowers, animals, lakes and quick view of Ocean Beach! You can also stop by at the Japanese Tea Garden and the Botanical Garden if you like. Also the Strawberry Hill is gorgeous! A believe that is a must if you are in San Francisco and you have enough time.

paddle sports
6 months ago

Awesome

GPS did not locate me on the phone. 8 miles done.

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