San Francisco has been a popular tourist destination for decades. With famous sights like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Alcatraz, the city is teeming with things to see and do. One well-kept secret about this amazing city is all of the great outdoor activities. From cycling and fishing to fabulous gardens and parks, there is plenty for the outdoor lover to enjoy. An often overlooked favorite is all the hiking trails located in and near San Francisco. Here are just a few of our favorites outdoor experiences for you to check out on your next trip to the City By The Bay.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Many travelers to the area come to get a peek a the Golden Gate Bridge. Most will start at the base of the bridge, take a few steps to find the optimal photo spot, and then turn around and walk back. However, the savvy outdoor enthusiast knows that this is just a place to begin. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area hosts literally miles of hiking trails for all fitness levels on both the Marin and San Francisco sides of the bridge. Additionally, several times a week, guided historical tours are offered for those wanting to know more about the history of the bridge and its construction. With plenty of great, unobstructed views of the bridge and surrounding area, this recreational area is one not to be missed.
One of the most beautiful hikes in the region is the Lands End hiking trail. Deriving its name from the fact that the trail literally ends at the edge of the Pacific Ocean, this short but worth it walk is well worth the visit. With beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge to the East, the Marin Headlands to the North, and the expansive Pacific Ocean to the West.
Batteries to Bluffs
Not far from Lands End in Presidio is the Batteries to Bluffs hike. Only 2 miles long, this hike guides enthusiasts along the coastline and across a 1500 acre former military post and treats them to beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Bay. The trail even offers several opportunities for hikers to climb down and enjoy Marshall Beach.
No trip to Northern California is complete without including a trip to the Redwoods and the Muir Woods, perfectly situated just outside of San Francisco, which offer hikers a great opportunity to get out of the city and back to nature. With numerous trails spanning across 554 acres of towering redwoods guaranteed to meet the needs of all different fitness levels, a trip to the Muir Woods is an absolute must.