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Drink In Gorgeous Views on These San Francisco Hikes

San Francisco is arguably the most beautiful city in the USA, and it offers easy access to a plethora of drop dead gorgeous hikes!

Description

Thanks to a combination of beautiful ocean coastline, rolling mountains, soaring redwood trees, historic sites, and iconic architecture like the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Bay Area is absolutely filled with drop dead gorgeous hikes!

You don’t have to go far to find good hiking, either. With trails as close to the city center as Land’s End, you can be on a great trail in minutes. If you want to travel further afield, head north across the Golden Gate Bridge to access stunning scenery in the headlands, and head higher up in the mountains. Driving over the Bay Bridge to the east brings you to a drier but equally-beautiful climate. And to the south along the peninsula, even more trails await.

It’s no wonder that the Bay Area is such a desirable place to live and visit—it’s tough to choose a bad hike here! To whet your appetite, start with the hikes on this list, and then branch out from there!

Lands End Loop
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Lands End Loop

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
Point Reyes Lighthouse Path
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Point Reyes Lighthouse Path

Marin County
0 - 1 hrs
2.0 km
104 m
104 m
Cliff-top walk on a paved path to a historic lighthouse and whale-watching spot.
Easy
Private
Tomales Point Trail
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Tomales Point Trail

Marin County
3 - 4 hrs
15.2 km
391 m
391 m
Wide-open views atop a windswept peninsula, with a good chance of spotting wild elk.
Moderate
Private
Mount Diablo Grand Loop
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Mount Diablo Grand Loop

2 - 3 hrs
9.9 km
563 m
563 m
A scenic circuit around the higher elevations of the Bay Area's most prominent mountain.
Moderate
Private
Point Bonita Lighthouse

Point Bonita Lighthouse

Marin County
0 - 1 hrs
1.6 km
69 m
69 m
The tour to the old lighthouse at the Golden Gate Bridge is a real experience. Unfortunately only accessible at certain times.
Easy
Private
Golden Gate Promenade
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Golden Gate Promenade

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
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 of Mount Tamalpais.
Moderate
Private
Muir Woods Canopy View Loop
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Muir Woods Canopy View Loop

Marin County
1 - 2 hrs
5.3 km
198 m
198 m
A beautiful loop connecting some of the best trails among the towering redwood trees in Muir Woods National Monument.
Moderate
Private
Dipsea Trail
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Dipsea Trail

Marin County
2 - 3 hrs
11.0 km
606 m
636 m
The locally famous trail and race course from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach, through redwood forest and offering hilltop coastal views.
Difficult
Private
Summit Loop Trail
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Summit Loop Trail

1 - 2 hrs
5.4 km
209 m
209 m
City skyline views from an ecologically diverse mountain in the metro area.
Moderate
Private
Coastal Trail: Rodeo Beach to Muir Beach
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Coastal Trail: Rodeo Beach to Muir Beach

Marin County
4 - 5 hrs
18.7 km
1,044 m
1,044 m
Travel up and down panoramic hills above the sea, in between two of Marin County's best beaches
Difficult
Private
Tennessee Point
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Tennessee Point

Marin County
0 - 1 hrs
2.6 km
80 m
80 m
Hike from Rodeo Beach to a more secluded viewpoint along coastal cliffs.
Easy
Private
Tennessee Valley Trail
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Tennessee Valley Trail

Marin County
1 - 2 hrs
6.0 km
94 m
94 m
Popular hike through a verdant valley to a beach in a cliff-lined beach.
Easy
Private