Hike the Lands End Trail
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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.
Looking for a spot to stop off and picnic? Check out Mile Rock Beach along your route.
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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.
Stunning walk but not wheelchair or stroller friendly
My family and I did this hike back in Feb and it was beautiful! We had done some research before hand and read that it was a great beginner hike and that anyone could complete it. So we took the plunge and took our whole family out (3 kids in stroller & 10 adults). Highly recommended walk/hike, but for sure not wheelchair & stroller friendly, there are sections that are too narrow or filled with stairs.
One Of The Best In SF
Hands down one of my all-time favorite places to go. I take all my friends from out of town here because you get stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Sutro Baths, and GG bridge.You really can't go wrong with this hike - the main trail is very accessible, but there are lots of offshoots you can explore, so it fits most levels of experience. If you're lucky, you may even see some whales or dolphins!
Great Family Hike
Plenty of parking. Trails are perfect for strollers and toddlers. There are a couple of areas with stairs so have a extra help for the stroller if you decide to bring one. From the trails you can see whales coming up for air.
Super beautiful and quite an easy go. More of a walk than a hike, but the views are great. But it's pretty busy. I went on a Sunday around 10am. So perhaps try it much earlier or on a weekday if you want something with else traffic.
This is a go-to hike for anyone looking to experience iconic San Francisco views with very little effort. This is more of a beautiful walk than a hike - many people do it with a coffee in hand. Perfect for families (of all ages) and out of town guests.
Great place to bring out of town friends or family if they have a little time for a long walk - not too difficult, has great views of the ocean and bridge. Would definitely recommend for a fun long afternoon, especially at dusk with some hot ramen afterwards :). Start at the Cliff House/ Ocean Beach so you can explore the small caves near the Sutro Baths.
We LOVED it! My 9 month old rode in a backpack, and my 2.5 year old was able to walk the whole thing. If you're looking for a shorter walk, a stroller will work for most of this trail, and there are still some great viewpoints (without fog). There is one long flight of stairs and a few shorter staircases though, so a backpack for littles is good if you want to explore it all. We brought lots of snacks and bubbles for motivation!
There is a stone labyrinth if you take a side path near beginning of the trail, the site itself is magical. Also be sure to check out the cave that runs under the mountain near the Sutro baths. There is a bridge in the middle where you can see the water run underneath you and throughout the cave you hear the echo of waves crashing against rock. It's just surreal.
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