Guidebook

Easy Outdoor Outings in San Francisco

Hike, run, or bike on these beautiful trails that are easy to do and easy to get to

Description

For city lovers who also enjoy the outdoors, San Francisco is a great place to be. The urban habitat is superimposed on a stunning environment of hills and valleys, forests and fields, beaches and bluffs. Pockets of nature remain intact, and the city maintains excellent access for recreation. Hiking trails, multi-use paths, and bike lanes connect parks and open spaces throughout the city, making an escape to the outdoors relatively easy.

Here are some of the best trails for beginner-friendly hiking, biking, or running through a scenic slice of San Francisco. They are all within or near city limits, so you can conveniently get outside even on a work day. Go on your own, with the family, or with friends to show off San Francisco’s outdoor appeal.

Lands End Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Lands End Loop

San Francisco
1 - 2 hrs
5.1 km
155 m
155 m
Stroll through historic Lands End, in a beautiful forest, atop high sea cliffs, with lofty views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Moderate
Private
Coastal Trail: Sutro Heights and Lands End
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Coastal Trail: Sutro Heights and Lands End

San Francisco
7.0 km
238 m
225 m
Fast and mostly flat dirt path with some of San Francisco's most classic coastal views.
Moderate
Private
Coastal Trail: Baker Beach to Golden Gate Bridge
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Coastal Trail: Baker Beach to Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco
1 - 2 hrs
5.2 km
119 m
119 m
A path that links cliff-top views, sandy beaches, cypress groves, historic war defenses, and the entrance to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Easy
Private
Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Presidio
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Bay Area Ridge Trail: The Presidio

San Francisco
8.1 km
124 m
124 m
Cypress forest and ocean views on an urban trail route to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Easy
Private
Summit Loop Trail
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Summit Loop Trail

San Francisco
1 - 2 hrs
5.4 km
209 m
209 m
City skyline views from an ecologically diverse mountain in the metro area.
Moderate
Private
Golden Gate Park Bike Path
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Golden Gate Park Bike Path

San Francisco
11.1 km
105 m
105 m
Family-friendly bike ride through Golden Gate Park to the beach.
Easy
Private
Angel Island Perimeter Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Angel Island Perimeter Loop

Marin County
8.4 km
192 m
192 m
Sandy beaches, military history, and great photo opportunities all around Angel Island.
Easy
Private