Golden Gate National Recreation Area Trails

Find your path to discovery and adventure

For many of us, the sprawling and spectacular trail system at Golden Gate is how we experience the parks and encounter their many wonders. More than just a line through the woods or a swath across a bluff, the trail is where we can marvel at nature, learn about culture, and understand history. Trails are as unique and complex as the ecosystems they help protect, or the extraordinary people who help care for them. Introduce yourself to one of the trails in the Golden Gate National Parks. And get ready to meet magic.

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Visitors cross the bridge to Point Bonita Light
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

1.10 miles round-trip
The walk down to Point Bonita Lighthouse is a hallmark Bay Area experience that offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge .
red-legged frog
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

0.24 miles round-trip
Like most of Mori Point as a whole, the flat and short Pollywog Trail is great for families. Kids will enjoy listening to (and trying to see!) the frogs that call the ponds and wetlands home around Mori Point. Keep an eye out for the threatened California red-legged frog, which...
Crissy Field Overlook
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

1.36 miles round-trip
As its name suggests, this trail offers more of a leisurely promenade than a strenuous hike. But its 2.1-mile-long distance covers a vast swath of Presidio history; connecting the Lombard Gate and the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center , this trail offers a fantastic overview of the Presidio's past, present,...
Boardwalk trail along Redwood Creek through Muir Woods
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

2.03 miles round-trip
From the visitor center, begin this trail through a valley of old-growth coast redwoods. This will be an outing like no other, due to the incredible trees that line this trail. If you need, there are plenty of benches to sit back and look up from. Muir Woods National Monument...
Western brush rabbit
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

1.43 miles round-trip
This short and simple trail is often overlooked, despite being a wonderful access trail that is sometimes utilized by cyclists coming out of the Tennessee Valley.
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,...
Presidio National Cemetery Overlook
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Length

3.80 miles round-trip
From: Arguello Gate To: the Golden Gate Bridge and back Explore the charm, seclusion, natural wonders, and historic and cultural variety of the Presidio. Stunning views await you on this short trip through forests and grasslands and along coastal bluffs, from the Presidio's south-central entrance to its northwest tip and...
Habitat restoration volunteers work on Alta Ridge
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

1.39 miles round-trip
The Rodeo Avenue Trail begins with a series of switchbacks. It seems that every time you come around one of these turns you are looking at a different forest. Eucalyptus, tall and full, then the yellow Acacia followed immediately by the cypress grove and near the top, a mix of...
Aerial view of Rancho Corral de Tierra trails
trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

1.88 miles round-trip
This is another escape hatch into the wild beauty of Rancho Corral de Tierra . Park on Etheldore Street, and make your way up Ranch Road. Keep your eyes peeled for the trailhead to your left. Then begin your exploration in earnest, bearing northeast.
Low clouds cloak the Marin Headlands
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

4.02 miles round-trip
A hike along the SCA Trail will provide a breathless vista of the Golden Gate Bridge and the surrounding Bay. When the sun is shining and the fog is lifted, hiking along this trail will make memories that will last a lifetime.
Golden Gate Bridge
trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

0.45 miles round-trip
Hiking up to the ridge promises a rewarding view. It is a steep trail, and descending down the gravel can be slippery and loose. This trail is not for the faint of heart. However, some of the most famous photos of the Golden Gate Bridge are taken from this ridge.
Sky lupine off Conzelman Road in the Marin Headlands
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

1.03 miles round-trip
Slacker Hill Trail is a one-mile, moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sausalito, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.