Hike the Lands End Trail

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Distance

2.9 miles

Elevation Gain

500 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Julien Bacal

Lands End is one of the best hikes in the city with great views of the coastline and the Golden Gate Bridge. Start either next to the golf course or closer to the beach near Sutro Baths.

The Lands End Trail in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area is a fairly easy 3 mile out-and-back trail 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 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 the city or you want to get a fun hike in with scenic coastal views without having 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? Be sure to check out Mile Rock Beach along your route.

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What an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge, and the edge of the continent!!

This is a gorgeous hike on a sunny day! Spectacular views. Highly recommend.

Short and sweet. There's a great rocky beach that you can access from the trail via stairs.

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