Easiest

Andy Goldsworthy's "Spire" in the Presidio
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

3.50 miles round-trip
If you find yourself in San Francisco and restless at the end of the day, consider the Presidio 's portion of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, the planned 550-mile trail through the hills around the Bay. To hike the Presidio's trail segment, head into the historic forest from Arguello Boulevard,...
Hikers explore a newly built segment of the Hawk Hill Trail
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

0.70 miles round-trip
This hike will take you to the top of one of the most famous lookout spots in the Marin Headlands , and is an easy jaunt from San Francisco. Get there by taking the twisty and scenic Conzelman Road, which offer many amazing lookout spots with ample parking. Pull over...
Sunset over Crissy Field Marsh
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

2.00 miles round-trip
Restored in 2001, Crissy Field wasted no time in becoming a San Francisco icon and a gem of the Parks Conservancy. The former military airfield now sports a clean, smooth promenade with views of the Golden Gate, Alcatraz , and the North and East Bays. It’s the perfect spot for...
Battery Townsley "pond" in a former gun emplacement
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

1.90 miles round-trip
This mellow hike was a joy in spring: wildflowers everywhere, great views, no fog. We chose the hiker-only trails where we could, but bike routes cover similar ground. The views offshore on a clear day are amazing, and the highlight was seeing a pond full of California newts in a...
Sweeping vista from the Coastal Trail above Muir Beach
trail
Difficulty: Easiest
The Coastal Trail is the true connoisseur's way to drink deeply from the quintessence of the California experience. As it threads through the three counties of the Golden Gate National Parks (Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo), the Coastal Trail treats adventurers to spectacular Pacific vistas, iconic chaparral hills, soaring...
Lion statue at Sutro Heights Park
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

0.93 miles round-trip
In 1885, self-made millionaire Adolph Sutro created the Sutro Heights Park , an elegant and formal public garden that covered over 20 acres in the area now known as Lands End . Inspired by the rugged beauty and incredible scenery, Sutro intentionally designed the grounds to capture the views of...
Hikers explore West Fort Miley
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

0.38 miles round-trip
Fort Miley is hidden in plain sight. If you’ve visited Lands End or Sutro Baths, you’ve already passed right by this former military site. On your next visit, look east as you find parking near the USS San Francisco Memorial, you’ll see a paved road and one entrance to this...
Ranger leads a demonstration at Battery Chamberlin
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

0.15 miles round-trip
The army built Battery Chamberlin on Baker Beach in 1904 to protect the harbor’s minefields. In 1977, the Golden Gate National Parks acquired a 97,000-pound cannon of the type originally emplaced here, and visitors today can still see this “disappearing” gun that can be cranked in and out of its...
Bridge overlook off the Battery East Trail
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

0.80 miles round-trip
One of the signature trail improvement projects of the Parks Conservancy, the multi-use Battery East Trail features eye-popping views of the soaring towers of the Golden Gate Bridge , as well as an overlook/seating area to admire the span and San Francisco Bay. Snap selfies to your heart's content, but...
Kite-flying at Fort Baker
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

0.77 miles round-trip
Tucked almost directly beneath the Golden Gate Bridge , this former army post is on the threshold of the dramatic coastline of the Marin Headlands .