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Trails Near San Francisco

Pinnacles National Park, CA: Balconies Cave Trail

Hiking at Pinnacles National Park will make you feel like a true outdoor explorer as you make your way through heart of Balconies Cave Trail.

San Jose, CA: Tiptoe Falls, Portola Redwoods State Park

Take a leisurely hike among the giant redwoods to Tiptoe Falls at Portola Redwood State Park in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

San Francisco, CA: Pirates Cove Loop, Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Ahoy matey! Come along on a foggy, mysterious hike to Pirates Cove in Golden Gate National Recreation Area just outside of San Francisco, California.

Oakland, CA: Maguire Peaks Loop, Sunol Regional Wilderness

Peacefully hike along Maguire Peaks awesome views on this northern loop of Sunol Regional Wilderness in the East Bay Hills.

Oakland, CA: Stewartville Backpackers Camp, Black Diamond Mines

Backpack into California’s history to Stewartville Backpackers Camp, when Black Diamond Mines was the largest coal mining operation in the San Francisco East Bay Hills.

Oakland, CA: Mt. Wanda, John Muir National Historic Site

Roam the Alahambra Valley hills, where John Muir spent 32 years of his life, enjoying Mt. Wanda's nature trails in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Oakland, CA: Red Hill, Coyote Hills Regional Park

Hike along the rolling Coyote Hills, while enjoying great views of the San Francisco Bay and the East Bay marshlands.

San Francisco: Clipper Ridge Loop

Watch ships glide into Half Moon Bay as you climb a steep ridgeline, then drop into a secluded ravine perfect for spying wildlife. This loop with recommended spur trail runs 7.6 miles.

San Francisco: Hazelnut Loop

This easy 4.2-mile loop is the perfect sunset hike, thanks to sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Keep an eye out for foraging rabbits and deer.

San Francisco: Wilder Ranch Loop

This 7.6-mile loop stitches together windswept coastline bluffs with the steep and quiet foothills of Santa Cruz County. Open to hikers and mountain bikers.

San Francisco: Alameda Quicksilver County Park Loop

Take a self-guided tour of abandoned mine shafts and old miner homesteads on this 7.9-mile loop with breathtaking vistas of the San Francisco Bay and the Santa Cruz Mountains.

San Francisco: Ritchey Canyon Loop

Before Napa Valley got its grapevine rep, the landscape likely resembled 2,000-acre Bothe-Napa Valley State Park, where redwoods shade this mellow 4.6-mile trail.

San Francisco: Rodeo Beach Loop

This 9.6-mile hike offers a tour of the Marin Headlands, then loops to include fine bluff views of San Francisco Bay and the Pacific. Bring extra clothes; the weather changes quickly.

San Francisco: Sam McDonald County Park Loop

This 5-mile loop wanders through huge redwood stands along the western slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Extend the trip with an overnight at a Sierra Club hut.

San Francisco: China Camp Loop

Hike this rolling 5.8-mile loop on a weekday for quiet trails and frequent sightings of wild turkeys and deer.

San Francisco: Sunset Trail

The 4-mile climb to Mt. Livermore is the most ambitious hike on Angel Island, the historic immigration station in the center of San Francisco Bay.

San Francisco: Morning Sun Trail to Rodeo Valley Trail

Enjoy stellar views of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz and the Angel Island on this 6-mile loop through Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

San Francisco: Matt Davis Loop

This 7.4-mile loop in Mt. Tamalpais State Park links three superb trails stretching from ridgeline to sea.

San Francisco: Baldwin Trail–Enchanted Loop

If the surf is dead, hike up the coast bluffs of Wilder Ranch State Park for stellar views of Monterey Bay and a cool walk in a forest of redwood giants.

San Francisco: Windy Hill Loop

Climb through several Bay Area ecosystems on this 8.6-mile ramble from Portola Valley to Windy Ridge.

San Francisco: Mitchell Canyon Loop

This 7.3-mile loop over Eagle Peak offers panoramic views, from nearby Mt. Diablo to the Pacific Ocean.

San Francisco: Harvey West to Pogonip Park

This 4-mile lasso hike leads through redwood forests and coastal meadows to an abandoned golf clubhouse and movie set, plus superb views of Monterey Bay.

San Francisco: Mission Peak

This challenging, 6.8-mile out-and-back is a classic in spring when lush greenery and riotously colored wildflowers cover the Bay Area foothills.

San Francisco: Blue Ridge Loop

Knock off an adventure quickie on this 4.2-mile loop into toothy, little-known ridgelines above the Central Valley.

San Francisco, CA: Whittemore Gulch-Harkins Ridge Loop

Bobcats roam this 7-mile route through a redwood-canopied canyon in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

San Francisco: Beach-Panorama-Ridge Loop

This 8.4-mile circuit in Andrew Molera State Park showcases California’s most prized natural assets–sandy beaches, killer sunsets, and giant redwoods.

San Francisco: Jack London Mountain Trail

Answer the call of the wild on a 7.8-mile round-trip to the redwood retreat of an American literary icon. Later, try the cabernet at a local Sonoma vineyard.

San Francisco: Tolman Peak Loop

Climb to the site of a legendary plane crash on this 5.5-mile loop through the rolling hills of Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park.

San Francisco: Huddart-Phleger Redwood Loop

This mild 4-miler won’t wear you out as it winds through coastal redwoods and parallels a quiet, shady creek in Huddart County Park.

San Francisco: Bear Lake/Emigrant Wilderness

Wildflower pockets and piles of granite boulders punctuate this mellow 7.4-mile route to two alpine lakes with primo campsites.

San Francisco: San Bruno Mountain Loop

Hike 3.8 miles through a quiet oasis of undulating hills to a 1,076-foot summit overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Bay Area. Bonus: Trailhead is less than 9 miles from city center.

Lake Tahoe, CA: Eagle Lake-Granite Lake Loop

This popular 6.2-mile hike loop visits two alpine lakes in the Desolation Wilderness and offers outstanding views of the bright blue waters of Lake Tahoe.

San Francisco: Briones Park Loop

This enchanting 5.7-mile loop through 6,000-acre Briones Regional Park has it all-rolling hills, shady woods, and spectacular views of the East Bay.

San Francisco: Black Mountain Trail

Watch for black-tailed deer on this steep up-and-back 9-mile hike, which climbs through Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve to the top of 2,805-foot Black Mountain.

San Francisco: Black Diamond Mines Loop

Explore historic sites on this 5.9-mile loop in the fascinating Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve-once California’s largest coalfield.

San Francisco: Purisima Creek

In 6.9 miles, this loop leads from Purisima Creek through the huckleberry-filled hills of Half Moon Bay up to a ridgeline with impressive ocean views.

San Francisco: Monte Bello Preserve

This 5.9-mile hike features a cache of wild riches: loads of wildlife, peaceful grasslands, dappled forests, and a treeless ridgeline with big ocean views.

San Francisco: Bear Valley Trail

Go from an active fault zone to thundering ocean spray on this classic 9.4-mile out-and-back in Point Reyes National Seashore.

San Francisco: Table Mountain Loop

This brisk 5.2-miler loops through shaded gullies to the famously photogenic foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

San Francisco: Sweeney Ridge

This 7.4-mile hike heads into the Coast Mountains and onto the spot where explorers first discovered San Francisco Bay. Look for wild cat and badger tracks along the way.

San Francisco: Big Basin Redwoods State Park Circuit

Walk 7 miles among wildflowers, oaks, towering redwoods, and rushing creeks.

San Francisco: Montara Mountain Trail

Hump 2,200 feet on an 8.2-mile hike to views of the Bay Area, the Pacific, and Mt. Diablo.

San Francisco: Upper Wildcat Canyon Loop

Revisit the Bay Area’s ranching past on this mellow but view-packed 6.4-miler across the tawny hillsides of Rancho San Antonio Preserve.

San Francisco: Henry W. Coe State Park Loop

Hike 7 steep miles among wild cattle to sweeping views of the Gabilan and Diablo Mountains.

San Francisco: The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park Trail

Look for banana slugs and California newts on this 4.6-mile hike to scenic waterfalls.

San Francisco: Estero Trail

Look for heron and sandpiper in the estuaries of Point Reyes National Seashore on this rolling 7.4-mile hike.

San Francisco: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Loop

Roam 5.1 miles among redwoods to a promontory 2,000 feet above the larger-than-life Big Sur coast.

San Francisco: Carson Falls Loop

4.5 miles and 2,500 feet of elevation change yield views
of Marin County’s tallest waterfall.

San Francisco: Pescadero Creek Loop

Go deep into a rugged creek basin teeming with towering trees and a charming waterfall on this 4.2-mile hike in Portola Redwoods State Park.

San Francisco: High Ridge Loop Trail

Find subtle beauty in the suntanned hills of Garin Regional Park as you hike this 5.9-mile loop past creeks to breezy overlooks.

San Francisco: Indian Joe Trail Loop

As you hike this 6.3-mile route, check out a small, Yosemite-type gorge tucked beneath the vibrantly blooming hills of Sunol Regional Wilderness.

San Francisco: Cowell Redwoods Loop

This Friday, skip gridlock and take mass transit to a campsite near big redwoods, then hike to views of Monterey Bay.

San Francisco: Mount Tamalpais Loop

A bus drops you at the start of a 10.5-mile trail leading to overlooks with world-class views of the city and Golden Gate Bridge.

San Francisco: Limantour to Sunset Beach

Traverse rolling coastal hills with seabird-friendly estuaries and ranching history on this 14.8-mile out-and-back in Point Reyes. See seals and whales, too.

San Francisco: Mission Peak via Hidden Valley Trail

See where the sport of hang gliding took off on this 6.2-mile out-and-back above the city’s East Bay.

Big Basin Redwoods State Park, CA: Sequoia Loop to Sempevirens Falls

Loop under giant redwoods, by a 25-foot waterfall, and past a 125-year-old cabin on this easy-going 4.2-miler in Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

San Francisco, CA: Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail

Thru-hike a California classic in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

San Francisco, CA: Morgan Territory Regional Preserve

Hike through a wooded ravine to an overlook with expansive views of Mount Diablo on this 5.8-mile loop in Morgan Territory Regional Preserve.

San Francisco, CA: Ring Mountain

Escape city crowds on this 2.9-mile hike in Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve that features massive boulders, giant oaks, and sweeping views of San Francisco.

San Francisco, CA: Pleasanton Ridgeline Loop

Just minutes from downtown Pleasanton, this 5.2-mile loop treks through shaded olive groves past panoramic vistas of rolling hillsides.

San Francisco, CA: Berry Creek Falls Loop

Explore young redwood forests and several waterfalls along this 10.5-mile loop in Big Basin Redwoods State Park.

Point Reyes National Seashore: Glen Camp Loop

Wildlife, scenic vistas, and rugged undeveloped coastline reward hikers on this 12.1-mile lollipop loop through Point Reyes National Seashore.

San Francisco, CA: Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge, Tidelands Trail Loop

Spy on migratory waterfowl while touring salt marshes, vernal pools, and bay tributaries on this 1.6-miler near Oakland and San Francisco.

San Francisco, CA: Philip Burton Wilderness

Experience one of California’s famous coastal landscapes on a 15-mile shuttle through Point Reyes National Seashore.

San Francisco, CA: Tomales Point Trail

Trace the Pacific coastline from a tule elk preserve to a seal-dotted bluff along this 9.7-mile out-and-back on Point Reyes National Seashore.

San Francisco, CA: Bay Area Ridge Trail

See Shaky Town from a whole new perspective.

San Francisco, CA: Año Nuevo State Natural Reserve

See sunbathing elephant seals and trotting coyotes on an easy 3-miler in Año Nuevo State Natural Reserve.

San Francisco, CA: Bayfront Park Loop

Escape to the lush green hills and pristine saltwater marshes of Bayfront Park on this 2.8-mile loop just minutes from the Bay Area suburbs.

San Francisco, CA: Eagle Point to Sutro Baths

Perched on the edge of the city, this 3.4-mile out-and-back showcases views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the San Francisco Bay, and the historic Sutro Baths.

San Francisco, CA: Mile Rock Beach

This easy 1.8-miler links San Fran’s west-side streets to some of its most rugged headlands and off-the-beaten-track views of the Golden Gate and Marin County.

Angel Island State Park, CA: North Ridge Trail to Sunset Trail

Link two trails on San Francisco Bay’s largest island on this 4.2-mile loop.

San Francisco, CA: Stinson Beach to Pantoll Ranger Station

Link a sandy beach with towering redwood forest on this 5.7-mile lasso loop less than an hour from San Francisco.

San Francisco, CA: Golden Gate Bridge

Cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge on foot on this 4.4-mile out-and-back that links Fort Point National Historic Site to the Vista Point overlook.

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