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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Anna's hummingbird
trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

1.60 miles round-trip
A great hike for nature lovers that connects Arguello Gate to the Presidio 's Main Post. The Ecology Trail is multi-use for pedestrians and cyclists, and connects to the Bay Area Ridge and Mountain Lake Trails. Check out El Polin Spring, a great site for spotting hummingbirds, and keep your...
Enjoying colors of sunset at Lands End
trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

1.20 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.
Ember Ridge Ranch in Rancho Corral de Tierra
trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

1.74 miles round-trip
This access trail to Rancho Corral de Tierra connects visitors with the Spine Trail. Along the way, it takes visitors past the Ember Ridge Equestrian Center; you're free to look but please don't disturb the horses (or the staff!).
Path winding through Rancho Corral de Tierra
trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

1.84 miles round-trip
This trail offers another portal into the sprawling, wild landscapes of Rancho Corral de Tierra . Find the signed trailhead at the end of Kanoff Street (cross-street 2nd) in Montara. After an opening stretch through coastal meadow, the trail gets steep and continues to climb steadily. It will eventually take...
Ember Ridge Ranch in Rancho Corral de Tierra
trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

2.35 miles round-trip
This trail segment is part of the sprawling network of rough-hewn trails across Rancho Corral de Tierra . It is believed to be named for the nearby Farmer's Daughter produce stand, located just off Highway 1 in Moss Beach and renowned for its annual pumpkin patch.
View overlooking Fort Baker and the Golden Gate
trail

Length

3.20 miles round-trip
Hike the trails in and around Fort Baker —home to the endangered Mission blue butterfly—and take in spectacular vistas of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge .
Kite-flying at Fort Baker
trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

0.77 miles round-trip
Tucked almost directly beneath the Golden Gate Bridge , this former army post is on the threshold of the dramatic coastline of the Marin Headlands .
View over Fort Cronkhite and Rodeo Beach
trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

0.39 miles round-trip
Located in the Marin Headlands north of Rodeo Lagoon , Fort Cronkhite is a former World War II military post that stands at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Fort Cronkhite is one of the few examples of these World War II "mobilization posts" remaining in the country. The fort's...
Bluffs provide great views at Fort Funston
trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

0.88 miles round-trip
Fort Funston features 200-foot-high sandy bluffs on San Francisco’s southwest coast where the winds blow reliably wildly. No surprise it is one of the premier hang-gliding spots in the country. A network of trails make it ideal for hiking and horseback riding. Dog owners will be happy to know they...
Fawn strikes a pose in the brush
trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

2.08 miles round-trip
While on the Fox Trail, breathing heavily as you reach the summit and its gorgeous views, you may notice a doe and her two fawns grazing in the grasslands.
Fawn strikes a pose in the brush
trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

2.08 miles round-trip
While on the Fox Trail, breathing heavily as you reach the summit and its gorgeous views, you may notice a doe and her two fawns grazing in the grasslands.
Path winding through Rancho Corral de Tierra
trail
Difficulty: Strenuous

Length

3.80 miles round-trip
Rancho Corral de Tierra is one of the largest undeveloped parcels of land on the San Mateo peninsula. Once planned for development, this land is now protected as part of our nation’s natural legacy. The process of transforming the property into a park is only just beginning. As the National...