Guidebook

San Francisco Hikes for the Whole Family

Enjoy hiking as well as bonus activities for all ages on these Bay Area trails.

Description

One of San Francisco’s best qualities is the dramatic landscape on which it is built. Sandy beaches, ocean bluffs, tall mountains, open meadows, and dense forest surround the city. This wealth of scenery is fortunately accompanied by a bounty of hiking trails. A number of paths exist within city limits, and the greater Bay Area holds so many more.

Here is a sample of family-friendly trails spread throughout the region. These are easy to moderate hikes in spectacular destinations, and most have a diversity of other activities nearby to keep everyone entertained. Some are dog friendly, and a few are good for strollers or wheelchairs. Families of all kinds can plan their next adventure from these Bay Area hikes.

Golden Gate Promenade
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Golden Gate Promenade

San Francisco
0 - 1 hrs
4.3 km
57 m
5 m
Stroll through an urban park with many activities, and enjoy views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Easy
Private
Angel Island Summit Loop
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Angel Island Summit Loop

Marin County
1 - 2 hrs
8.2 km
270 m
270 m
Views over the San Francisco Bay and rich history on the hike to the top of Mount Livermore.
Moderate
Private
Point Bonita Lighthouse and Battery Wallace
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Point Bonita Lighthouse and Battery Wallace

Marin County
0 - 1 hrs
1.7 km
64 m
64 m
Exciting walk through a tunnel and over a suspension bridge to a lighthouse on the tip of Marin Headlands.
Easy
Private
Henry Cowell Redwood Grove Loop
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Henry Cowell Redwood Grove Loop

Santa Cruz
0 - 1 hrs
1.5 km
13 m
13 m
Nature walk in a grove of huge, ancient trees.
Easy
Private
Old Cove Landing Loop
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Old Cove Landing Loop

Santa Cruz
0 - 1 hrs
3.7 km
39 m
39 m
Sea cliffs, beaches, wildlife, and farm animals—all in one place on the dramatic Santa Cruz coastline.
Easy
Private
Plank Walk Trail

Plank Walk Trail

Marin County
0 - 1 hrs
0.9 km
61 m
61 m
Short hike to the panoramic summit of Mount Tamalpais.
Moderate
Private
Tennessee Valley Trail
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Tennessee Valley Trail

Marin County
1 - 2 hrs
5.9 km
73 m
73 m
Popular hike through a verdant valley to a beach in a cliff-lined beach.
Easy
Private
Cataract Falls from Alpine Lake
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Cataract Falls from Alpine Lake

Marin County
1 - 2 hrs
4.4 km
380 m
389 m
A bounty of waterfalls and a peaceful picnic area on Cataract Creek.
Difficult
Private