Hiking Trails in San Francisco

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Hiking Trails in San Francisco

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  • AMohsen
    Port Said, Egypt519 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is a trail for hiking and trekking and has good viewpoints for the Golden Gate. The landscape there is gorgeous and allows beautiful pictures.
    Written 26 March 2024
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  • Erick Tseng
    San Francisco, CA549 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 6 March 2021
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  • Steve Buckley
    London, UK6,333 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My wife and myself are currently visiting family in Mountain View and on our daily walk to Shoreline earlier today we came across the San Francisco Bay Trail - an extensive Trail throughout the Bay Area.

    It is certainly a very popular facility used by cyclists, runners and walkers alike and something that we will investigate in more detail on future visits!
    Written 7 January 2023
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  • Icarus4335
    Colorado Springs, CO821 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not the longest or most difficult of hikes, but easy to access and surprisingly quiet considering it runs through several neighborhoods.
    Written 20 March 2022
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  • w2conrad
    Los Angeles, CA52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The San Francisco Crosstown Trail is great for seeing the neighborhoods of San Francisco. Volunteers identified a route across San Francisco using park trails, stairs and city streets. The full trail is 17 miles. In two days, we have done 3 of the 5 segments. Super fun, great exercise, street art and views of the city. Highly recommend. We used a combination of the route sheets from the website and the All Trails app. All easy to follow.
    Written 10 July 2023
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  • Lank Sheldrake
    Ella, Sri Lanka14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Listening to the Sounds of Nature we were able to be in the 'Silence' that we were looking for, in the Presence that we wanted to be in. Birds welcoming us to their habitat in order to enable us to merge with the essence of Nature that we undoubtedly belong with.
    The swift movement of squirrels & rabbits we couldn't quite see as we were ourselves to fast in our thoughts, but the still and scintilatting waves of the bay somehow enabled us to 'slow down' from all the stresses that the city lifestyle impinge on us with the swift movement of life over the pretty rolling hills of San Francisco, CA.
    We shall certainly return to this 'Lil' paradiso'
    Highly Recommend this awesome Trail for even a short stroll to kick back, relax & unwind.
    Written 7 October 2023
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  • TravelLeigh10
    Loveland, OH174 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 7 March 2019
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  • Mellomom2016
    Tracy, California14 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 18 June 2018
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  • Patty Kanyaporn
    97 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lover's Lane trail offers a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. Whether you're seeking a solo stroll or a romantic walk with your significant other, this trail provides a refreshing immersion in nature.

    The trail is well-maintained and easily accessible, making it suitable for walkers of all ages and fitness levels. As you walk, you'll be surrounded by lush greenery, providing a sense of tranquility and a welcome break from urban landscapes.
    Written 29 February 2024
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  • MaryC80
    Eureka, CA172 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 4 February 2016
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  • Chris F
    San Francisco, CA1,923 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 17 February 2020
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