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Trails Near San Francisco

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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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.

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