Activities in the Parks

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With hundreds of miles of trails threading through 37 distinct sites across 80,000 acres of the Golden Gate National Parks, it can be hard to decide where to go and what to do. Let the Parks Conservancy’s experts be your guide! We’ve carefully curated our favorite hikes, walks, and excursions to share with you and your loved ones. There’s something (and some place) for everyone! We reveal some of the natural wonders and historical highlights you’ll experience along the way, but there are plenty more surprises for you to discover. So browse below, then grab your boots and backpack. Your national parks are waiting.

Poppies overlooking Fort Cronkhite and Rodeo Beach
Hiking
  • Birding
Beautiful ocean views abound as you meander through picturesque Headlands scenery. This hike to Hill 88, the launch site for Cold War missiles, is a joy in spring: Wildflowers everywhere, great views, no fog. The views offshore on a clear day are amazing, and the highlight is seeing a pond...
Spectacular views of Golden Gate from the Marin Headlands
Hiking
  • Hikes
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 offers many amazing lookout spots with ample parking. Pull over...
Wildflowers abound atop Mori Point
Hiking
  • Hikes
Length (Roundtrip): 3.2 miles Elevation Gain: 298 feet Difficulty: Easy Mori Point is a great place to enjoy a sunset, scan the waters for whale spouts, or simply enjoy the waves of the Pacific Coast washing up onto the shores. Remember to check out the ridgeline trail too, where you...
West Point Inn
Hiking
  • Hikes
Difficulty: Moderate A wonderful loop hike on Mt. Tam with a stop at the historic West Point Inn for lemonade or a snack and a panoramic view.
Hikers pause to enjoy the beauty of the Bootjack Trail
Hiking
  • Hikes
Leaving from the immensely popular Muir Woods National Monument , this hike is a good example of the hikers “rule-of-halves.” This rule states that the number of hikers on a trail decreases by half every half mile. While the math may not be exact, the corollary that the density decreases...
Panoramic Trail meets the Canopy View Trail at this rock
Hiking
  • Birding
Skip the crowds at Muir Woods , and explore the Redwood Creek watershed from Mount Tamalpais State Park. Begin the hike at the north end of the Mountain Home Inn parking lot and head down Camp Alice Eastwood fire road. A short distance down the road, take the Troop 80...
Warming Hut in front of the Golden Gate Bridge
Hikes
  • Hikes
Once a disheveled collection of worn military buildings and neglected rubbly asphalt, Crissy Field was restored to its marshy beginning, while paying homage to the military history prevalent here since 1776. Click here for the hiking route. Distance: 2.8 miles round-trip, or 3.6 miles round-trip with Fort Point included Time:...
Overlooking Stinson Beach
Hikes
  • Hikes
Enjoy the lush green hills and wildflowers of Spring on this fun one-way hike to Stinson Beach, with a Marin Stagecoach bus ride back. You can find a detailed map here . Distance: 4 miles one-way Time: 2 hours one-way, plus the time it takes for the Stagecoach bus to...
Bridge in Muir Woods Forest
Hikes
  • Hikes
Explore Muir Woods as a completely flat loop or venture up the hillside on to trails less traveled for more of a workout! See a map of all hiking trails in the Woods here. Distance: Varied Time: 1-3 hours Level: Easy to moderate, can either do a flat loop, or...
Visitor Strolling Through MacArthur Meadow
Hikes
  • Hikes
The hike begins with a natural spring, which is eventually fed by two joining creeks. The waters then flow north to Crissy Marsh through a variety of habitats where native plants, birds, and other wildlife thrive, and ultimately join the bay and ocean. For centuries, people have used this creek...
Colors of sunset wash over Sutro Baths
Hiking
  • Biking
The most gorgeous view possible of this location occurs during sunset. The rocky shore is even more dramatic when the surf is rough against it and the sun a warm orange-pink. The short path, beginning in the parking lot of Lands Ends Lookout off Point Lobos Street, will lead you...
Tennessee Valley trail
Hiking
  • Hikes
Tucked in the Marin Headlands, Tennessee Valley opens a clear plain to the ocean through the scrub and grasses. A small creek cuts through the valley to a tiny beach. The Tennessee Valley trail is open to hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. Miwok Livery Stables, located just south of the parking...

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