Hiking Trails in San Francisco

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Hiking Trails in San Francisco

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  • daveanddee H
    Bramhall, UK152 contributions
    We reached the Land’s End area easily by Muni bus and were lucky enough to walk the higher trail on a beautiful day with clear skies. A lovely walk on tree-lined paths with unspoilt beaches to visit below. Definitely the best views of Golden Gate Bridge, Marin County and the bay itself. One of the nicest days spent during our stay in the city.
    Written October 10, 2022
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  • Erick Tseng
    San Francisco, CA503 contributions
    A wonderful way to get exercise and explore the beautiful coastline of Northern California. The California coastal Trail winds up and down the oceanside shore and takes you through some of the most stunning vistas in the country, perhaps the world. At times, you'll feel like you're on the Amalfi Coast in Italy, staring out at the turquoise blue waters of the Mediterranean.

    And now, especially during Covid, this is a fantastic way to get outside in a safe, socially distanced way.
    Written March 6, 2021
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  • Thomas V
    Oakland, CA14,339 contributions
    We've done a number of long hikes along this trail which continues to expand to span the Bay front. Lots of terrific views and it's very different as you pass through the cities and diverse areas, All free,
    Written December 4, 2020
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  • TravelLeigh10
    Loveland, OH160 contributions
    Fun trail with some serious challenges if you take the sand stairs from the beach. It was rainy when we went but we still enjoyed the exercise the trail affords.
    Written March 7, 2019
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  • Mellomom2016
    Tracy, California14 contributions
    My mom, daughter and I like to explore new things when we go to SF. This past week, we parked near the Legiom of Honor Museum (will visit that another time) and walked down to the coastal trail. We followed it north towards Lsnds End, beautiful scenery!! One set of stairs where we had to stop a few times, but my 81year old mom even made it!

    I would have rated a 5 for beauty but I only wish they had given some mile markers along the way. We weren’t sure where we would end up -were going to call Uber if needed. Turned out fine, only 1/2 mule walk back to car on main road next to golf course-maybe it was betterr not knowing where we’d end up!!

    We’re planning to catch the trail on our next visit st the Sutro Baths and eat at the Ifg House -can’t wait
    Written June 18, 2018
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  • mini
    Fremont, CA175,384 contributions
    We had a longer hike to see more of this very long 350 mile in the San Francisco Bay Area. Its gorgeous from both a trail perspective and view perspective.
    Written August 12, 2020
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  • MaryC80
    Eureka, CA172 contributions
    This is the Old Stage Coach Road that used to link San Juan Bautista to Salinas. The trail is 8 miles (4 miles up and 4 back) if you take the entire trail. It is a dirt road that is nearly all uphill going (4 miles). It offers beautiful views of the San Juan Valley and surrounding area. The hike is partially in full sun and partially in the shade of beautiful old oaks. We saw deer and beautiful plant life (January),
    To find it, travel across the US 101 from San Juan and drive straight ahead about a quarter mile or so. There is not sign to indicate the trail head. Park along the farm land on a dirt road. You will probably see other vehicles parked here. Our group consisted of 3 in their 60's, a toddler in a stroller and his dad. It took us about 3+ hours. (In hindsight we would not have taken the stroller up this steep, dirt road!) Downhill can be hard on the knees...
    Written February 4, 2016
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  • Icarus4335
    Colorado Springs, CO641 contributions
    Not the longest or most difficult of hikes, but easy to access and surprisingly quiet considering it runs through several neighborhoods.
    Written March 20, 2022
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  • skyisblu
    Montreal, Canada2,538 contributions
    Opened in June 2019, the Crosstown Trail system in San Francisco is an attempt to create one fluid track running diagonally east to west, from AT&T Park to Land's End. This trail uses already-existing parks and hiking trails, and connects them with a series of green spaces, or sometimes just sidewalks and stairways. Separated into 5 sections, it runs for a solid 17 miles, and though it can be walked in its entirety in one day(so I've heard), I chose 2 sections of particular interest, the first running through a gorge (!), and the second climbing gorgeous tiled stairs. Luckily, the sections of the hike are also split up by access to public transport, which makes accessing any one on the five sections individually very easy.

    Section 2, from Glen Park BART to the Forest Hill MUNI station, is a more "wild" walk, venturing through the Glen Canyon Park, a real CANYON in the middle of the city, winding its way up past Twin peaks to the Troop 88 trail, and then circling down around the back of the Laguna Honda Hospital. Glen Canyon is wonderfully wild, with trails climbing up and down the sides of the gorge, offering several different levels of climbing difficulty, while the descent along the Laguna Honda trails offering some interesting sights for the history buffs of the area, with discarded piles of old hospital equipment lining the pathways. This portion of the trail has access to washrooms in Glen Park, and you are never far away from a main road in case of an emergency.

    Section 3, from the Forest Hill MUNI station to the tram at 16th Ave & Judah, is a little more "urban adventure" as it traverse all kind of neighborhoods, following stairs up to city viewpoints, and then down again, crossing residential areas on its way to Golden Gate Park. It can be rather foggy in this area of the city in the morning, to if you are coming for the views, I suggest beginning this section after lunch, but I found the walk more mysterious in the fog. The highlights include the climb up the Moraga staircase to Grandview Park for 360-degree views of the city, and the descent along both the 16th Avenue tiled steps AND the Hidden Garden tiled steps, gorgeous art installations AND community gardens! Note that there is no access to washrooms within this section of the trail.

    I was pleasantly surprised by the challenge of hiking through a city, and highly recommend the Crosstown Trail to adventures everywhere - just make sure to get the maps and cue-sheets from the official website, as there is no universal signage along the entire length of the trail.
    Written April 26, 2020
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  • Chris F
    San Francisco, CA1,916 contributions
    Located just down Kirkham Street, one block to the east from the Hidden Gardens steps at 15th Avenue, is another very long staircase called 15th Avenue Steps & Park. While these stairs have not had any artistic work done on them, they are nice in their own plain sort of way. This set of steps is about 2 times as long as the Hidden Garden Stairs, with 200 plus steps in total. There are lots of trees in the middle of the steps (thus the inclusion or the word park in the name). Views here are nice with the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park in front of you. These steps will get the blood pumping.
    Written February 17, 2020
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