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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Rendering of the proposed Marincello development in the Marin Headlands
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Length

2.90 miles round-trip
Named for an ill-fated residential development called Marincello, this trail tracks along what was supposed to be the main thoroughfare of the failed 1960s-era project. Here both the Pacific and the Bay are visible from the narrow ridgeback. Stay right on the rocky wide road down the short 0.3 mile...
Rendering of the proposed Marincello development in the Marin Headlands
trail

Length

2.90 miles round-trip
Named for an ill-fated residential development called Marincello, this trail tracks along what was supposed to be the main thoroughfare of the failed 1960s-era project. Here both the Pacific and the Bay are visible from the narrow ridgeback. Stay right on the rocky wide road down the short 0.3 mile...
Young cyclists set off from Crissy Field
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

2.52 miles round-trip
If you're cycling, this is the path to follow on your way to the western side of Crissy Field , Fort Point , or the Golden Gate Bridge . By avoiding the Crissy Promenade that's closer to the bayshore, you'll avoid potential mishaps with pedestrians and enjoy a smoother ride...
Hikers enjoy the wonders of the Matt Davis Trail
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Difficulty: Very Strenuous

Length

13.60 miles round-trip
The magnificent Matt Davis Trail is one of the main thoroughfares to experience the glory of Mt. Tamalpais . On an epic hike from the Pantoll Ranger Station, you'll pass by shady groves, golden hillsides, and towering redwoods, on your way to the sands of Stinson Beach . Matt Davis...
Hikers near Muir Beach
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Length

7.70 miles round-trip
Ditch the summer fog in San Francisco for the sunny peaks of our Golden Gate National Parks in Marin County. Have some fun in the sun on this moderate eight mile hike and finish it off with a frothy pint at the local English inn! Along the way, you'll see...
Hikers near Muir Beach
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Length

7.70 miles round-trip
Ditch the summer fog in San Francisco for the sunny peaks of our Golden Gate National Parks in Marin County. Have some fun in the sun on this moderate eight mile hike and finish it off with a frothy pint at the local English inn! Along the way, you'll see...
Hikers near Muir Beach
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Length

7.70 miles round-trip
Ditch the summer fog in San Francisco for the sunny peaks of our Golden Gate National Parks in Marin County. Have some fun in the sun on this moderate eight mile hike and finish it off with a frothy pint at the local English inn! Along the way, you'll see...
Battery Alexander near Battery Mendell
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

1.58 miles round-trip
This is a wide open pathway that gives access to bunkers, cliffs, beach, crashing waves and views in all directions. At the end, there is a little loop that looks down to the Rodeo Lagoon and Cronkhite Beach. Take the dog, let the kids explore, picnic, be in the wind...
Parks Conservancy staff lead a wildflower walk at Lands End
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

0.33 miles round-trip
From the parking area by the Lands End Lookout visitor center, this short trail segment winds through wildlife habitat restored with thousands of native plants, planted by Parks Conservancy staff and volunteers. In the spring, this area erupts with dazzling rainbows of colorful wildflower blooms. Merrie Way was once home...
View over Green Gulch
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

3.68 miles round-trip
Middle Green Gulch Trail is a 4.1-mile loop trail located near Sausalito, California that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Visitors stroll Milagra Ridge
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

1.23 miles round-trip
This trail take visitors out from the residential area of Pacifica and up onto Milagra Ridge . The vast Pacific coast opens up as you look back. The trail is steep, so make sure to stop every now and again to enjoy the view! There is plenty of room to...
Sunset at Milagra Ridge
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

0.35 miles round-trip
From the Sharp Park entrance, this flat trail includes a loop on the ridge that opens up to beautiful hilltop meadows. Easy singletrack and doubletrack will take you around the peak.