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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.

Rating

From Paradise Drive, hike south on the Phyllis Ellman Trail. In 500 feet, the path begins to climb, gaining elevation quickly and leaving the fast-paced Bay Area behind. Boulders, oak trees, and overlooks line the trail on the one-mile stretch to Turtle Rock, a massive boulder resting on the ridge. Continue hiking .5 mile to the top of Ring Mountain where you’ll find views of the Bay Bridge, Angel Island, and downtown San Francisco. The return trip back to the trailhead follows an unnamed dirt road and passes an impressive oak tree with tentacle-like branches.
Mapped by Matt Heid

To Trailhead

From San Rafael, take US 101 S to Tamalpais Drive exit and turn left. In .2 mile, turn right onto San Clemente Dr. In .4 mi. make a slight left onto Paradise Drive. In .9 mile, park alongside the road next to trailhead.

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