Hike the Lands End Trail

4.7
2.9 miles 500 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

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 in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area is a fairly easy 3 mile out-and-back trail along the coastline of San Francisco. Entrances to the trail are at both the Visitor Center parking Lot just up from Cliff House or in the Sea Cliff neighborhood off of El Camino del Mar (near the Lincoln Golf Course). The highlights of the trail include access to China Beach, views of the Sutro Baths, Mile Rock Beach, Point Lobos, the USS San Francisco Memorial, and the Golden Gate Bridge. 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? Be sure to check out Mile Rock Beach along your route.

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🥇Top Contributor

about 2 months ago

Nice hike with views

You can see the sutro baths at the start. It was popular on a weekend. Lots of people jogging and listening to music.

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6 months ago

Quintessential SF Bay

Sutro Baths + Lands End offer the views of the bay that tourists imagine. Expect lots of people and usually cloudy/windy/chilly weather.

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7 months ago

Great for tourists

This hike is definitely great if you are visiting SF and want to see the golden gate bridge and the sutro baths. There are lots of locals jogging, and it's a nice way to get some exercise.

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7 months ago

Easy and iconic SF hike!

Great hike, done it several times. Have seen whales while on the trail! Outstanding views and easy path to follow. Wonderful hike!!

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.

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