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.

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. Get your sip along any segment, and enjoy some of the best landscapes and seascapes in the Golden State.
Coastal Trail through the Presidio
Trail
Difficulty: Strenuous

Length

11.50 miles round-trip
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...
Battery Townsley "pond" in a former gun emplacement
Trail
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...
Visitors hike up the Coastal Trail from Rodeo Beach
Trail
Hill 88, towering 1,053 feet above Rodeo Beach , is reached via a 2.5-mile segment of the Coastal Trail. It starts flat but features a steep climb. Along the way, you'll pass Battery Townsley and ascend Wolf Ridge. A spur trail takes you to former gun emplacements and bunkers.
California newt
Parks
  • Hikes
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...
Skyline view from Coyote Ridge Trail
Trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

1.52 miles round-trip
Running along Coyote Ridge, this trail presents visitors with panoramic, eye-popping views of San Francisco, the Pacific, the rolling hills and valleys of the Marin Headlands , and, on clear days, even Mt. Diablo far to the east. This trail can be reached by a number of trails from Muir...
Joggers enjoy the Crissy Field Promenade
Trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

3.44 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.
Sunset over Crissy Field Marsh
Trail
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.
Crissy Field activities
Hiking
  • Biking
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 taking...
Deer Park Fire Road
Trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

4.81 miles round-trip
This lovely trail in the Mt. Tamalpais Watershed features spectacular vistas, shady forests, springtime wildflowers, and plenty of connections with other trails. Be aware that this one is popular with mountain bikers, so everyone should stay alert and courteously share the trail.
Dias Ridge Trail
Trail

Length

6.14 miles round-trip
Just across the street from the Pelican Inn and a short walk from Muir Beach , this trail ascends gradually and offers wonderful views of Muir Beach. Eventually you'll connect with the Miwok Trail. A long-time favorite destination for recreation users, Dias Ridge is named after one of the Portuguese...
Dias Ridge Trail
Hikes
  • Hikes
A great hike for a morning that starts off steep and rewards the hiker with an easy wander back to a lovely lunch at The Pelican Inn, meanwhile taking in the incredible views of Muir Beach and the ocean. A long-time favorite destination for recreation users, Dias Ridge is named...

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