Golden Gate Park

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Trail Distance: 6.1 miles
Time Estimate: 3 hr +
Elevation Gain: 351 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Yes
Description

Golden Gate Park in San Francisco is one of the city’s most famous attractions. It is a busy park — the third most visited in the country — and the lively spirit of the San Francisco community is tangible throughout the park’s grounds. The park is a favorite destination for dog owners both local and visiting. Most come to walk on the Golden Gate Park Trail with their canine companions. The trail runs just over six miles around a lake, and it is known for its scenic setting and the friendliness of those who use it. It is an easy trail that is appropriate for hikers and walkers of all skill levels, and it forms a loop through the park.

There are a number of access points to the trail, so you and your pooch can start your stroll wherever you want. If you begin in the north part of the park, you will be closer to the scenic Stow Lake. You might also want to start near the southernmost section of the park, as it is right next to the visitors center, which has information about the various park facilities, activities, and events. Heading north from the visitors center, you will pass by the golf course, soccer fields, and a number of lakes and meadows. North of Stow Lake, you will find beautiful ponds, meadows, and gardens.

Golden Gate Park has all of the amenities you'll need for a great visit. There are numerous restroom facilities all throughout the park, and there are also a number of benches and picnic areas where you can take a break and enjoy the beautiful weather. Make sure you adhere to the park’s guidelines while you are there — dogs must be kept on their leash at all times, and you will have to bring bags to clean up after your dog as well.

Golden Gate Park is one of the most-visited parks in the country — and you’ll see why when you stop by for a walk around its beautiful trail!

Trail Features
Forest, Lake
Scenic
Cautions & Considerations

Address
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94117
Hours
Mon 5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tue 5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wed 5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thu 5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Fri 5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sat 5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sun 5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
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Address
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, CA 94117
Hours
Mon 5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Tue 5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Wed 5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Thu 5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Fri 5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sat 5:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Sun 5:00 AM - 12:00 AM