California Coastal Trail - San Francisco

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Trail Distance: 8.8 miles
Time Estimate: 4 hr 35 min +
Elevation Gain: 1318 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: Yes
Description

The San Francisco portion of the California Coastal Trail offers a pleasant and scenic walk. The route take you through some parks and neighborhoods between  Fort Funston and the Golden Gate Bridge. The 8.8-mile multi-use pathway includes crushed stone surfaces, residential roads, and a bike/pedestrian bridge. On the way, you'll pass by sweeping bay views, the bridge, and Marin Headlands. There are several attractions around this route that you can visit before rejoining your hike, including the Labyrinth and the Sutro Baths. 

There's parking and a trailhead on Point Lobos near the Cliff House. Before starting your trek, check out Seal Rocks just southwest of the pathway. From here, you'll head north past the Sutro Baths and USS San Francisco Memorial. The road tracks along the cliffs here and offers an overlook area where you can watch the waves crashing against the rocky shore below. Continue along the Lands End section of the route, the Sea Cliff development, and Baker Beach. Take the stairs down to the sand and stroll by the water to the other set of steps. North of here, you'll see some old military batteries and another viewpoint where you can see the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue to the pedestrian and bike bridge that leads to Golden Gate. 

Dogs can join their owners on the well-loved path. Make sure they're on a leash at all times. There are some unshaded stretches on the trail where it can get hot. Bring water for you and your pooch. Remember to carry bags and remove your pup's waste when you hike here. 

This part of the Coastal Trail is a hidden gem of San Francisco. The pathway boasts Monterey Cypress trees and native wildflowers. In the Land's End Conservancy, you can spot various birds including Allen's Hummingbird, Townsend's Warbler, and the spotted towhee. From the Cliff House, you can also take the trail south along Ocean Beach toward Fort Funston.

Trail Features
Beach, Urban
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
You'll be sharing the trail with cyclists. Move to the right when they want to pass.
Address
1090 Point Lobos Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121
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Address
1090 Point Lobos Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours