Beginning Date: 2007
Completion Date: 2014

The transformation of Lands End has proceeded in several key phases including restoring native plant habitat, improving forest health, expanding scenic vistas, creating new overlooks, enhancing trail experiences, and building a new visitor facility, the Lands End Lookout.

Project Highlights:

Lands End Trailhead:
The trailhead and overlook above the Sutro Baths provides the main entrance to the Coastal Trail at Lands End. In 2008, the Merrie Way parking facilities were expanded, views restored, and coastal dune scrub and wetland habitat protected. This project received the 2010 Beautification Award from San Francisco Beautiful.

Lands End Lookout:
The Lands End Lookout, which opened on April 28, 2012, is a major milestone achievement in the ongoing revitalization of Lands End, catalyzed by the generosity of the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund.

Construction of this 4,150-square-foot visitor center began in May 2011. The building includes informational exhibits, park-related retail, a café, and restrooms. Visitors can enjoy an interpretive experience that will complement the restoration work already completed.

USS San Francisco Memorial Overlook:
Situated just above the Coastal Trail, this unique spot offers expansive views of the Golden Gate and Marin Headlands. Completed in 2010, upgrades to the parking area and overlook include improved visitor accessibility, re-paving and configuration of the parking lot, and the addition of permeable surfaces with native plantings for improved drainage and water recycling. 

Eagles Point Overlook:
In 2014, the overlook at Eagles Point was replaced with a more subtle and setback viewpoint along the trail. Diseased trees were removed and the area was replanted with native vegetation.

Eagles Point Overlook, photo by Kirke Wrench, National Park Service

Coastal Trail at Lands End:
In addition to building new overlooks and completing an improved Lands End trailhead, work along this trail corridor has focused on habitat restoration and visitor experience enhancements.

Along the trail east of Mile Rock, this project, completed in 2007, increased canopy and understory bird habitat and boosted tree species diversity at a site frequented by birders from near and far. Trail work here improved drainage and reduced erosion in one of the richest bird habitats along the Coastal Trail corridor. Two new overlooks, Mile Rock and Lifesaving Station Overlook, provide views across the Pacific Ocean to the Marin Headlands and Golden Gate Bridge.

Lifesaving Station Overlook, Lands End Coastal Trail, photo by Michal Venera.

Volunteers at Lands End

Park Stewardship San Francisco:
Volunteer-driven natural and cultural resource stewardship will continue, including ongoing habitat restoration carried out by the 
Park Stewardship program.


Key Contributors

This project was made possible by generous support from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund and the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. The Goldman Fund and Goldsmith Foundation were lead supporters of the recently completed work along the trails, scenic overlooks, improvements to the forest health, and natural resource restoration work. Our deep gratitude goes to these lead funders, the California Coastal Conservancy and the members of the Parks Conservancy for their support of work at Lands End.

Related Links

California Coastal Trail


Related Partners

National Park Service