This is a GREAT little walk in San Francisco if you are looking for a nice escape from the city.
The Palace of the Legion of Honor is... more » a great museum if you have a couple of extra hours to spare
There are several nice stops along the path where you can stop to have a snack or picnic while enjoying the great view.
Picnic tables, grills and a restroom are available at West Fort Miley. Park at the West Fort Miley parking lot, walk a short way back along El Camino del Mar (near the entrance to the parking lot) and take the first paved road uphill to the left.
Bicycles are permitted on most trails at Lands End. Bikes are not permitted on open terrain of the Coastal Trail between Pointed Rock access road and Eagles' point; Coastal Trail bikers can bypass that gap by using El Camino del Mar. Check the maps posted here and at trailheads throughout the park for current access information.
Dogs are permitted on designated trails at Lands End and beach areas. Check the map above for access information. Current dog walking information is also available on the park's website, www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/pets.htm, and by telephone at 415-561-4732.
Lands End is a great place to spot birds--more than 250 species, including Brandt's cormorants, brown pelicans, Heermann's gulls, red-winged blackbirds, Anna's hummingbirds and chestnut-backed chickadees. Turn your sights to the surf and you might see dolphins, seals, sea lions or a migrating whale. less «
Park in the parking lot just off of Point Lobos Avenue and walk north toward the trailhead. If this lot is full, you can turn north onto El Camino Del Mar where there is a larger parking lot.
In 1887, at Adolph Sutro's urging, Congress designated Seal Rocks a marine preserve--one of the nation's first--to protect the colony of sea lions that resided there. The colony has since moved around the Golden Gate to Pier 39, but you can still spot sea lions and seals off Lands End.
The Sutro Baths were a large public bath house constructed in 1896 and served the San Francisco community until 1966 when the building burned down (how ironic).
Take the short path down to the shore to get a closer look. There is a small tunnel you can walk through under the main platform to see the waves crashing on the nearby rocks.
When... More you are done, continue back up the path to meet up with the main coastal trail.Less
In the late 19th century, three miles of sand dunes lay between the developed portion of San Francisco and Ocean Beach. San Francisco mining engineer and entrepreneur Adolph Sutro owned much of the Lands End area. He had bought the Cliff House in 1881 and would soon build his famous Sutro Baths and Sutro Heights gardens.
Sutro persuaded his ... Morefinancier cousin to construct a steam railway along the cliffs above the Golden Gate to bring city residents across the dunes and bluffs to his beach attractions. The steam-powered ferries and the Cliff House Railway operated from 1888 until 1905, when electric streetcars replaced the locomotives. Landslides closed the track in 1925. You can now hike the former railroad bed along the Coastal Trail to the Cliff House.Less
Sweeping views of the entire Golden Gate are offered along the trails at Lands End. Vistas include the Marin Headlands, Golden Gate Bridge, Pacific Ocean and the Mile Rock lighthouse, all of which can be seen from the California Coastal Trail.
Three overlooks along the trail offer seating and photo opportunities. At Eagles Point, at the... More east end of Lands End, a wooden viewing platform and staircase on the cliff face provides a sweeping view of the entire Golden Gate--the entrance to San Francisco Harbor.
Drive-in vista points are located on El Camino del Mar and the Lands End parking lot and offer similar views. Continue north along the Lands End overlook with its view of the Sutro Baths, Cliff House, Seal Rocks and Pacific Ocean to the trailhead where more information is available.
Behind you, you will find a staircase leading to the USS San Francisco Memorial, which you will visit later in the tour.Less
The Mile Rock overlook at the end of the paved segment of the Coastal Trail offers views of the remains of three historic shipwrecks. At low tides the wrecks of the Ohioan, Lyman Stewart and Frank Buck are visible by looking northwest almost at the shoreline. Offshore to the northeast stand Mile Rocks, the Mile Rock lighthouse and the... More point of land known as Lands End.Less
About halfway along the trail you will reach an optional detour that allows you to walk to the Labyrinth. The Labyrinth was created by a local artist and also offers great views of the Marin Headlands across the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance.
Take your time to walk the maze, but don't cheat!
If you want more time at the beach,... More there is a trail leading to the shore where you can get closer to the waves crashing on the rocks.Less
The Palace of the Legion of Honor is a museum in Lincoln Park surrounded by a golf course. It houses a standing collection as well as several temporary exhibitions.
Address: 100 34th Ave
Phone: (415) 750-3677
Hours: Tue-Sun 9:30am-5pm
Admission: Adults $10, Seniors 65+ $7, Children 13-17 and college students with ID $6, Chldren 12 and under ... MoreFree
The USS San Francisco Memorial honors those who fought on the navy cruiser that spearheaded the naval battle of Guadalcanal in World War II. The ship sustained 45 hits in combat. The names of 107 men lost in the battle are engraved in the memorial, flanked by part of the actual shell-riddled bridge of the warship. You can walk around the... More memorial by following the Coastal Trail to the stairs leading up to the Fort Miley vista area or drive in along El Camino del Mar.Less
Adolph Sutro created his garden in the 1880s for his own pleasure, but invited the public to stroll among the exotic tree species, delicate flowerbeds and stone statuary. The quiet lawns are a favorite place for picnickers and a rest stop for hikers and bikers.