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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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...
Hikers enjoy views from the Dias Ridge Trail
trail
Difficulty: Very Strenuous

Length

5.00 miles round-trip
Start at the charming 17th-century style Pelican Inn at Muir Beach in Marin and head up the chaparral-covered Dias Ridge . The five-mile trail loops across former dairy ranches and rises 700 feet. At every turn there is another dazzling panorama of the Pacific and the Marin Headlands . Parking...
Hikers enjoy views from the Dias Ridge Trail
trail
Difficulty: Very Strenuous

Length

5.00 miles round-trip
Start at the charming 17th-century style Pelican Inn at Muir Beach in Marin and head up the chaparral-covered Dias Ridge . The five-mile trail loops across former dairy ranches and rises 700 feet. At every turn there is another dazzling panorama of the Pacific and the Marin Headlands . Parking...
Views from Dias Ridge
trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

6.13 miles round-trip
Descend along a gorgeous new multi-use trail. From Panoramic Hwy you start out at 700' and drop down to sea level at Muir Beach with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean for most of the trip while passing over 20,000 newly planted native plants and grasses. The coastal breezes and...
Runner takes on the challenge of the Dipsea Trail
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Difficulty: Strenuous

Length

4.00 miles round-trip
The historic Dipsea Trail and route of the famous foot race, contested since 1905, connects the east side of Mount Tamalpais at Mill Valley with the west side at Stinson Beach.
Runner takes on the challenge of the Dipsea Trail
trail
Difficulty: Strenuous

Length

4.00 miles round-trip
The historic Dipsea Trail and route of the famous foot race, contested since 1905, connects the east side of Mount Tamalpais at Mill Valley with the west side at Stinson Beach.
Runner takes on the challenge of the Dipsea Trail
trail

Length

9.44 miles round-trip
Stretching from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach , the famed Dipsea Trail is for hikers looking for a challenge. It begins in Mill Valley, climbs over a Mt. Tam ridge, passes through Muir Woods , and descends to Stinson Beach . The top of Dipsea Ridge has spectacular ocean views.
Runner takes on the challenge of the Dipsea Trail
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Length

9.44 miles round-trip
Stretching from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach , the famed Dipsea Trail is for hikers looking for a challenge. It begins in Mill Valley, climbs over a Mt. Tam ridge, passes through Muir Woods , and descends to Stinson Beach . The top of Dipsea Ridge has spectacular ocean views.
Fort Baker
trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

1.17 miles round-trip
Hiking this trail is a simple out-and-back with a shaded path for the first portion of the trail. After the second bend, the views towards San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge are eye catching. At the third bend, Fort Baker comes into view. This trail is wide and comes...
Bridge over the Crissy Field Marsh
trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

0.32 miles round-trip
This short trail takes visitors on a boardwalk across the Crissy Marsh, an essential feature of Crissy Field 's dramatic, community-powered transformation in 2001. Today, you'll pass through beautifully restored wildlife habitat and have a chance to see several species of waterbirds, including the majestic great egret.
Cyclist rests by the trail through east Crissy Field
trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

0.21 miles round-trip
This short connector trail, lined by lovely trees, links the Mason Street bike path to the east Crissy Field parking area. It'll take you by Crissy Field Center , the Parks Conservancy's urban environmental education center in partnership with the National Park Service and Presidio Trust.