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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Family outing at Muir Beach
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

4.00 miles round-trip
This four-mile hike includes a 900-foot elevation gain and will take you a good afternoon to hike. Much of the trail through coastal scrub habitat is exposed and open to hikers, cyclists, and equestrians.
Fern Creek Trail
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Length

5.40 miles round-trip
Leaving from the immensely popular Muir Woods National Monument , this hike is a good example of the hikers “rule-of-halves.” This rule states that the number of hikers on trail decreases by half every half mile. While the math may not be exact, the corollary that the density decreases dramatically...
Notch Trail
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Difficulty: Easiest

Length

2.10 miles round-trip
From Skyline College, you'll be shocked by how quickly you can leave civilization. Begin the climb through the trees to a view of Rockaway Beach. You'll have some great ocean views during this portion of the trail. The trail turns away from the ocean, and you view the valley below...
Dog walker takes her leashed dog through Oakwood Valley
trail
Difficulty: Moderate

Length

2.58 miles round-trip
The trail loop begins on the single-track Oakwood Valley Trail and finishes on the broad Fire Road Trail.
Dog walker takes her leashed dog through Oakwood Valley
trail
Difficulty: Moderate

Length

2.58 miles round-trip
The trail loop begins on the single-track Oakwood Valley Trail and finishes on the broad Fire Road Trail.
Ranger-led hike through Mori Point
trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

1.10 miles round-trip
Visit a beautiful part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in a loop easily accessible by car, bike, and SamTrans bus lines. This area was improved with the help of community volunteers and is a showcase of restored native plants and wildlife habitat.
Ocean views from Rancho Corral de Tierra
trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

1.31 miles round-trip
This is an area within a network of trails that provides amazing views of San Francisco, the Pacific Ocean, and Highway 1. Most of the trail is exposed to sunlight, dogs are allowed on leash, and there's plenty of elevation gain/loss. There are some flatter trails and some that go...
View over Tennessee Valley toward the beach and ocean
trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

2.61 miles round-trip
Best used in the downhill, northerly direction into Tennessee Valley . From the junction with the Miwok Trail - Bunker Road to Wolf Ridge, the trail starts fairly level, crossing several wood bridges with nice views over Tennessee Valley out to the Pacific Ocean. Dropping from the ridge, it gets...
Panoramic Trail meets the Canopy View Trail at this rock
trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

1.87 miles round-trip
This trail provides views above the fog, and connects to a short out and back or numerous other trails, for loops down into the valley below. Overlooking the Muir Woods National Monument and the Pacific Coast, the vistas are breathtaking. Look for the Farallon Islands, ships passing by, and more...
Pirates Cove Trail
trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

2.92 miles round-trip
Picture just you, the chaparral, the crashing waves, the sky, and a trail that runs along the rugged coast just south of Muir Beach. The Pirate's Cove Trail is probably what you've been imagining. From the north, connect to this trail from a section of the Coastal Trail at Muir...
Pathway steps at Camp Alice Eastwood
trail
Difficulty: Easiest

Length

0.41 miles round-trip
Plevin Cut is a hiking trail in Marin County, California. It is within Mount Tamalpais State Park. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 482 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 116 feet. Near the trailhead there are picnic sites,...
Visitors cross the bridge to Point Bonita Light
trail
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 . On the walk down, you'll pass a popular beach for sea lions to catch some sun. Expect moderate to heavy pedestrian traffic and...