Explore the most popular 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.

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beautiful.

walking
6 days ago

One of the best urban walks, period.

walking
9 days ago

An urban delight. Tons of tourists all the time, but that’s what we get for being in such a beautiful place.

on Lands End Trail

walking
9 days ago

Pretty easy trails. Lots of side trails you can take with wonderful views of the bridge and the bay.

walking
10 days ago

Not as barren as I was expecting. Is really lovely actually. Lots of space and parking. Much easier to take a reactive dog to.

Loved the hike. Great spot and the short ventures off the trail to the rock labyrinth, the baths, and the gorgeous view of the Golden Gate made for a great experience. 4 mile hike became 6 by the end of the day.

hiking
16 days ago

I was able to find parking near 8th & Irving for this hike and noticed that there is 2 hour free parking Mon-Fri or unlimited free parking Saturday and Sunday. I would recommend doing this hike on the weekend if you drive here since this hike will take longer than two hours for most hikers of average ability.

I kept on getting semi-lost on this trail even with the downloaded map and kept on having to make micro-corrections to my route along the way. It’s a mixed use trail and I saw walkers, hikers, runners and cyclists along the way. There will also be plenty of tourists just standing around.

You will be on a mix of paved sidewalks and dirt trails, but at no point on the trail will it feel remote. I felt very safe doing this alone as a woman during a weekend day. However, I don’t recommend coming alone because this trail can be rather boring to do by yourself. If you do this trail, I would recommend bringing a friend so you could have a conversation along the way.

I’m glad I experienced this trail, but I don’t see myself prioritizing coming back anytime soon as someone from out of town.

The views are worth it!

Love the variety of trails and how secluded they all are.

walking
18 days ago

Stunning views on a nice day.

Beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge and of the rocky shoreline.

We loved the trail, the views were breathless and it wasn’t full of tourists. Plus it was mildly challenging and there was a bathroom at baker beach, made it a nice pit stop.

hiking
23 days ago

While I think this trail is definitely worth checking out, I don’t think it’s a 5 star trail if you prefer longer hikes.

There is a parking lot with free parking and when my friend and I got there around 8:15 a.m. there was still a ton of parking left. There is also a bathroom with flush toilets and soap which is really nice. I also liked that the Sutro Baths are right next to the trailhead.

The main thing I didn’t like was how short it was and also the return route on the loop which is mainly on pavement. This is a great trail of you don’t have a lot of time or are going with people who are out of shape. Definitely do not plan this as a day hike though since it will take you less than 1.5 hours to do the whole thing.

I would feel safe doing this trail alone and would do it again maybe next year or the year after. It’s definitely not the best hike around though as the reviews and ratings would lead you to believe.

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!

It’s a great trail and a great view. But, if you go on the small trails up higher, they are very steep and some may find them pretty scary.

Difficult to beat for a city walk!

hiking
1 month ago

This was such a wonderful urban hike and one that I definitely want to do again in the near future. If you are visiting San Francisco, this one is an absolute must since it takes you through Chinatown, Little Italy and down along the Waterfront in The Embarcadero.

I have visited San Francisco more times than I can count and still found this hike very worthwhile since it took me on routes I would have never discovered on my own including down steps and through various parks.

I started on a Saturday morning at 7 a.m. which ended up being the absolute perfect time to go since the streets were empty and I could work on my pace without having to navigate other pedestrians. I was able to hike it at 3 miles an hour and I’m currently only a moderately experienced hiker.

Definitely do this hike! You won’t regret it!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful coastal beach trail that's easy and open and there's to see of doggies to see!

There were a lot of good trails to wander around and it was challenging enough to remain interesting. Had a lot of fun!

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