San Francisco, California

Hike the Lands End Trail

2.9 Miles Total - Out-and-Back Trail

Originally added by Julien Bacal

Lands End is one of the best hikes in the city with great views of the coastline and the Golden Gate Bridge. Start either next to the golf course or closer to the beach near Sutro Baths.

The Lands End Trail is a fairly easy 3 mile hike along the coastline of SF. The highlights of the trail include access to China Beach, views of the Sutro Baths and the Golden Gate. This is a great hike if you're looking to explore the city or you want to get a fun hike in with scenic coastal views without having to cross the Golden Gate. It's also not too strenuous, making it a family-friendly hike. Keep an eye out as this path is also used by mountain bikers and trail runners.

Dogs are allowed here leash-free if kept under voice control, but leashes are recommended for the safety of your dog and others who use the trail. 

Looking for a spot to stop off and picnic? Check out Mile Rock Beach along your route.

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Easy Peasy Lands End!

One of those places that probably will always have lots of people but it’s not long or hard so it’s a must do. I also came here late at night during the 4th of July, the moon was nice a full and illuminated what wasn’t covered with trees it was beautiful.

Perfect spot for a weekday workout

I walk, hike, run on this trail several times a week. I work just up the hill at the VA and love to come here after work for some exercise. I prefer to take this trail sometime Monday through Friday, as it gets really packed on the weekends. It is even fun on a rainy day! For more cardio you can hike down to Mile Rock Beach and then back up. Those stairs are tough.

What I miss most about SF...

SF is one of the most amazing cities because of it's accessibility to nature. When I was here for the summer, though chilly and far from downtown, I loved living in the Sunset District for it's beauty. Normally I would go for a run on Ocean Beach up to the Cliff House, but I finished with more time than expected so I furthered my run on the Lands End Trail for the first time and it was one of my best choices in the city! The trail itself was beautiful and there were plenty of spots to relax and enjoy the coast.

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Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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