Hike the Lands End Trail

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Distance

3.26 miles

Elevation Gain

500 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Julien Bacal

The Lands End Trail is one of the best hikes in San Francisco, CA with great views of the coastline and the Golden Gate Bridge. Start either next to the Presidio golf course or at the Visitor Center near Sutro Baths and Ocean Beach.

The Lands End Trail in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area is a fairly easy 3.26 mile out-and-back hike along the coastline of San Francisco. Entrances to the trail are at both the Visitor Center parking Lot just up from Cliff House or in the Sea Cliff neighborhood off of El Camino del Mar (near the Lincoln Golf Course). The driving directions are for the starting point in Sea Cliff. Because this is a popular stop for those wanting to explore Ocean Beach and the Outer Richmond and Sunset neighborhoods, be sure to get there early on the weekends or be prepared for it to be a little more crowded. 

From the trailhead, head along the coastal trail head straight and continue along the path taking in viewpoints until you reach the Sutro Baths and the visitor center. From here, you can simply head back the way you came to return to your car. If you wish to make this hike a loop, you can head back along El Camino del Mar. The loop trail is only slightly longer, making it a 3.4 mile hike. The out-and-back keeps things simple and allows you to take in one more view of any points you may have missed along the coast or to make sure you get that photo opportunity you were thinking of on the way out. 

The highlights of the trail include access to China Beach, views of the Sutro Baths, Mile Rock Beach, Point Lobos, the USS San Francisco Memorial, and the Golden Gate Bridge. This is a great hike if you're looking to explore different viewpoints of San Francisco or if you want to get a scenic hike in with coastal views and not have to cross the Golden Gate. It's also not too strenuous, making it a family-friendly hike. Keep an eye out as this path is also used by mountain bikers and trail runners.

Dogs are allowed here leash-free if kept under voice control, but leashes are recommended for the safety of your dog and others who use the trail. 

Looking for a spot to stop off and picnic? Mile Rock Beach or Sutro Baths make for a great place to post up. You can stop by Devil's Teeth on Balboa en route to the hike to pick up some goodies!

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One Of The Best In SF

Hands down one of my all-time favorite places to go. I take all my friends from out of town here because you get stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, Sutro Baths, and GG bridge.You really can't go wrong with this hike - the main trail is very accessible, but there are lots of offshoots you can explore, so it fits most levels of experience. If you're lucky, you may even see some whales or dolphins!

almost 5 years ago

Great Family Hike

Plenty of parking. Trails are perfect for strollers and toddlers. There are a couple of areas with stairs so have a extra help for the stroller if you decide to bring one. From the trails you can see whales coming up for air.

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about 5 years ago

Start anywhere

One of my favorite things about this trail is the ability to start from pretty much anywhere. There is an abundance of available parking spots alongside the entire trial.

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