Sunset Hike to Mile Rock Beach

San Francisco Lands End Trail

Added by Tyler Drake

  • A rugged, beautiful spot to take in a sunset
  • The required hike-in limits the crowd
  • 1.8 mile out-and-back hike

This rocky, secluded beach is tucked in along the Land’s End Coastal Trail. Located 100 or so steps down from the main trail, you’ll find this mysterious little beach that will make you feel like you’re in an old pirate movie. There are a lot of logs and different places to sit down, unpack your favorite drinks and snacks, and take in the views.

You’ll also notice a narrow trail that takes you up to a lookout above the beach. If you decide to explore up there, you’ll be rewarded with a cool labyrinth and amazing views of Baker Beach and the Golden Gate Bridge.

To get to Mile Rock Beach, enter the Lands End Trail at El Camino del Mar and Point Lobos Avenue, just up the hill from the Sutro Baths. (The usual trail entrance at the back of the Merrie Way parking lot is closed until the spring.) About a half mile into the hike, you’ll see the sign for the Mile Rock Beach viewpoint. Simply follow the signage off of the main trail and it will lead you to the steps down to the lookout.

To return to the Coastal Trail, walk up the steps all the way from the beach or return on the path to the lookout and walk up from there. If you've worked up an appetite, stop by the Cliff House for a quick bite, or several of the underrated restaurants nearby in the Outer Richmond.

Pack List

  • Your favorite drinks and snacks
  • Dress in layers, it can be cold
  • Camera
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Chillin, Hiking, Photography

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Year Round

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1.8 Miles



Dog Friendly

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over 1 year ago

It gets pretty packed at times but worth it. Cool spot with lots of stairs. Good place to take Family who are not from the area to show an awesome view of the Golden Gate Bride.

over 1 year ago

over 2 years ago

Great spot if you head there late in the evening and wait the crowd out. Bring a headlamp for the hike back.

over 2 years ago

over 2 years ago

Such a cool little spot. This is also a dog friendly beach, so bring you little buddy along.

over 2 years ago

Added by Tyler Drake

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