Golden Gate National Recreation Area Trails

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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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Views toward Fort Cronkhite from Battery Alexander
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

0.38 miles round-trip
This short trail segment connects Rodeo Beach with Battery Alexander, one of five powerful batteries built by the U.S. Army around the turn of the 20th century. Those guns, manned by soldiers at nearby Fort Barry, were emblematic of the "Endicott Period" of coastal defense technology.
Path winding through Rancho Corral de Tierra
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Difficulty: Moderate

Length

5.99 miles round-trip
The Spine Trail is a great way to experience the remoteness and wild beauty of Rancho Corral de Tierra . Park along Etheldore Street, then hoof it down Ranch Road toward the Ember Ridge Equestrian Center (don't disturb the horses...or the staff, please!). Find the signs for the Spine Trail,...
Water drops on fern
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

2.05 miles round-trip
The Stapelveldt Trail starts at the busy Pantoll Trailhead. Head downhill towards the southeast along a deep ravine into a verdant, dense wood. Cross the TCC Trail and continue downhill through the same valley filled with with tall redwoods and large sword ferns. Parallel a small creek that eventually joins...
Sun Trail
trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

1.42 miles round-trip
Make your way along this flat, well-groomed path along the contours of Mt. Tamalpais . The Pacific Ocean, coastal redwoods, the Farallon Islands, and unbelievable sunsets are all there, or not, if the fog is in. See something different every time you take this trail. Head along the open grassy...
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...
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...
View from Sutro Heights
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

0.16 miles round-trip
This is a short and steep downhill that brings you from 48th Ave down to Balboa Street. The path has a few steep steps built into the hillside which makes the difficulty Intermediate/Difficult. This path goes from Ocean Beach up to Sutro Heights Park and back.
Sunset through the cypress at Lands End
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

1.50 miles round-trip
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...
View toward the ocean from Sweeney Ridge
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

0.59 miles round-trip
This is an easy singletrack that connects to an unnamed trail from behind the Sweeney Ridge Equestrian Center. From the top, it can be utilized to complete a loop of the Sweeney Ridge where it meets up with the Sweeney Meadow Trail. As with the rest of the ridge, one...
Hikers make their way down Sweeney Ridge
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

1.57 miles round-trip
Don't miss the short journey up to the Sweeney Meadow. While it can be a bit of effort to reach the Sweeney Ridge , it's well worth it. Visitors will enjoy passing wildflowers in spring and will also be treated to great views. This trail is part of an easy...
Sweeney Ridge
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Length

6.70 miles round-trip
A short drive south of San Francisco, Sweeney Ridge Trail offers great views of the coast. The trail is a combination of paved and dirt fire roads, with about 600 feet of elevation gain for a high point of 1,213 feet.
Hiking near Pantoll Campground
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Difficulty: Moderate

Length

3.62 miles round-trip
The TCC Trail is named for the Tamalpais Conservation Club, a group that has been maintaining and preserving the area's trails continuously for the last 100+ years. The TCC Trail (like many others in the area) was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of the New Deal program...