Hike the Lands End Trail

San Francisco Lands End 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 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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  • Athletic clothes
  • Water
  • Good friends
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Activities:

Hiking, Photography, Running

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

2.9 Miles

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Features:

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
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5 months ago

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.

5 months ago

8 months ago

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!

8 months ago

8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

9 months ago

Start anywhere

One of my favorite things about this trail is the ability to start from pretty much anywhere. There is an abundance of available parking spots alongside the entire trial.

9 months ago

10 months ago

Awesome

Anazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Pacific Ocean

10 months ago

about 1 year ago

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.

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

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.

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

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.

over 1 year ago

almost 2 years ago

Easy and mellow. Lots of people though on the weekends.

almost 2 years ago

about 2 years ago

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!

about 2 years ago

about 2 years ago

A great easy hike in the Bay Area! Amazing views of the ocean, Golden Gate Bridge, and the edge of the continent!!

about 2 years ago

about 2 years ago

What an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge, and the edge of the continent!!

about 2 years ago

about 2 years ago

This is a gorgeous hike on a sunny day! Spectacular views. Highly recommend.

about 2 years ago

about 2 years ago

Short and sweet. There's a great rocky beach that you can access from the trail via stairs.

about 2 years ago

over 2 years ago

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.

over 2 years ago

almost 3 years ago

Not too challenging as a hike but stunning view with great photo opps on a fog-less day.

almost 3 years ago

about 3 years ago

Check the visibility. I've done it in the fog and on a clear day, and the experiences were completely different.

about 3 years ago

about 3 years ago

This sounds like fun!

about 3 years ago

about 3 years ago

Dog friendly! Quick in-city hike.

about 3 years ago

about 3 years ago

Great city hike, easily accessible, dog friendly.

about 3 years ago

over 3 years ago

Sutro Baths!

over 3 years ago

over 3 years ago

Perfect activity to do when you have out of town guest. Grab a coffee and stroll...

over 3 years ago

over 3 years ago

It can get windy on the cliffs, so check the weather beforehand and bring a sweatshirt/jacket! It's really not a hike - more of a trail walk, but there is a section with a lot of stairs so be prepared for that. There's a little store/cafe at the Point Lobos start to the trail which can be a fun beginning or end to the hike. Starting from the parking lot and ending up in Seacliff looking at the ridiculous mansions can be fun.

over 3 years ago

Added by Julien Bacal

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