You'll score striking views of San Francisco's iconic Golden Gate Bridge from multiple locations along this 4.4-mile route. The urban hike starts at Crissy Field and follows the Battery East Trail onto the Golden Gate Bridge. Pick up the pedestrian walkway at the southern edge of the bridge and head north to the Vista Point overlook where the San Francisco skyline takes center stage.
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- Distance: 7.1
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Battery East trailhead: Climb the wooden steps. In spring and early summer, the pathway is adorned with colorful wildfowers.
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Turn right at 3-way intersection with Andrews Road. The path showcases striking views of the Golden Gate Bridge to the north and San Francisco Bay to the east.
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Turn right at 3-way, then make a quick left at the next 3-way. Leave the Battery East Trail and follow the short connector to the Bay Trail.
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Right at 3-way, heading west on the Bay Trail. Watch out for cyclists as you take in more vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge and beyond.
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Left at Y-junction. Continue on Bay Trail as it re-connects with the Battery East Trail.
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Turn left at 3-way (away from the tunnel going below the bridge). Walk towards the vista platform for views of Fort Point. During the Civil War, roughly 500 men were stationed here.
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Right at 3-way. Follow the pedestrian walkway across the Golden Gate Bridge. Savor the easy stroll that passes the bridge's iconic orange steel towers. Scan the water for sailboats, sea lions, pelicans, and typical San Francisco wildlife as you head towards the northern end of the bridge.
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Bear right towards the North Vista Point.
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Turn around at North Vista Point on the Marin side of the Golden Gate Bridge. Before you begin the return trip, enjoy picture-perfect views of the San Francisco skyline and Golden Gate Bridge. Look for Red-tailed Hawks in the updrafts. Follow the same route back to Waypoint 1.
Crissy Field Bridge View
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Battery East Trailhead
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Wildflowers and Bridge
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Yellow bush lupines provide the perfect foreground to the Golden Gate Bridge along the Battery East Trail.
Bee and Lupine
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Golden Gate Bridge
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Fort Point and the Bridge
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Civil War-era Fort Point below the Golden Gate Bridge
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San Francisco Skyline
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Golden Gate Bridge
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