The Best Camping in San Francisco

Looking for the best camping in San Francisco? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around San Francisco. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near San Francisco

  • San Francisco, California

    Camp at the Rob Hill Campground

    5.0
    Rob Hill Campground is a hidden treasure, located at the Presidio’s highest point above Baker Beach amid a beautiful eucalyptus grove. The campsite welcomes groups of all kinds and is also home to the Camping at the Presidio (CAP) program, which provides youth with meaningful outdoor experiences....
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  • Mill Valley, California

    Camp at Kirby Cove

    4.3
    Yes, you can camp just over the Golden Gate! Kirby Cove Campground has 4 overnight campsites and 1 picnic area for day use. The campground is set near a coarse-sand beach and offers amazing views of the Golden Gate, as long as it’s not a super foggy SF day. From the parking lot, it's a steep ~1 m...
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  • Tiburon, California

    Camp on Angel Island

    5.0
    Thousands of years ago, this island was a fishing and hunting ground for the Miwok Native Americans. It has also been an outpost for the U.S. Army and a cattle ranch. Now, it’s one of the closest places to escape from the hustle of San Francisco and set up camp. Camping on the island requires ba...
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  • Sausalito, California

    Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine Trail Loop via Coastal Trail

    10.12 mi / 2021 ft gain
    Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine Trail Loop via Coastal Trail is a loop trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Sausalito, California.
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  • Stinson Beach, California

    Camp Out in the Steep Ravine Cabins

    5.0
    Although these cabins are bare bones, lacking both water and electricity, they couldn't put you in a better spot for views of the Pacific Ocean. From your cabin, you can enjoy amazing sunsets, possible whale watching, and access to trails like the cabins' namesake, Steep Ravine Trail. The cabins ...
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  • Stinson Beach, California

    Camp at Steep Ravine Environmental Campground

    Gain access through a private locked gate, and descend about 1 mile down to the bluff's edge. There is only parking for 1 car per site and also several cabins that can be rented.A camp host is on site and there are bathrooms and water spigots throughout the campground. Each site has a fire ring a...
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  • Mill Valley, California

    Camp at Mt. Tam's Pantoll Campground

    5.0
    Need an escape from SF, but can't seem to find an available campground, then head to Pantoll Campground in Mount Tamalpais State Park. If you get there early on friday (or even better Thursday afternoon), you should be able to lock down one of these first-come, first-serve campgrounds. Each of th...
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  • Mill Valley, California

    Camp at Bootjack Campground in Mount Tamalpais State Park

    4.0
    Bootjack Campground is located within California's Mount Tamalpais State Park. There are a couple of campsites within the park, but if you are driving on the Panoramic Highway from Mill Valley, this will be the first campground you pass.  The fee is $25 fee to camp, but they have bathrooms and ru...
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  • Mill Valley, California

    Bootjack and Easy Grade Loop

    1.59 mi / 545 ft gain
    Bootjack and Easy Grade Loop is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Mill Valley, California.
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  • Stinson Beach, California

    Simmons Trail and Benstein Camp to Potrero Camp

    2.73 mi / 600 ft gain
    Simmons Trail and Benstein Camp to Potrero Camp is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Mill Valley, California.
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  • Stinson Beach, California

    Cruising Pacific Coast Highway in Northern California

    4.7
    Start your drive on US Highway 1 aka Pacific Coast Highway just North of San Francisco. The drive will take about 1 -2 days so plan on overnighting somewhere. Hotels are scarce in the unpopulated areas but there all lots of Cabin rentals throughout and several campgrounds around. Just make sure y...
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  • Oakland, California

    West Ridge Trail: Skyline Gate to MacDonald Gate

    8.19 mi / 1588 ft gain
    West Ridge Trail: Skyline Gate to MacDonald Gate is an out-and-back trail where you may see wildflowers located near Redwood City, California.
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  • Oakland, California

    Hike the French Trail and Stream Trail via Skyline Blvd

    4.0
    7.8 mi / 1781 ft gain
    The French Trail and Stream Trail via Skyline Blvd is a 7.8 mile loop with lots of ups and down, perfect for trail runners, hikers, and dog walkers. The trail is well-shaded, and is accessible year round. Parking can be found at the Skyline Gate Staging Area at Pine Hills Drive. This is a great ...
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  • San Rafael, California

    Active Overnight in Marin

    When you think of singletracks and camping (because that's what we all do), most don't think of San Rafael, located in central Marin County. But, the next time you're planning on an adventure to cross the Golden Gate and head North, consider visiting China Camp State Park. It's 23 miles North of ...
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  • San Rafael, California

    China Camp State Park Loop

    9.23 mi / 1716 ft gain
    China Camp State Park Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near San Rafael, California.
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  • Half Moon Bay, California

    The Beach at Half Moon Bay

    4.12 mi / 36 ft gain
    The Beach at Half Moon Bay is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Half Moon Bay, California.
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