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Top 5 hiking trails in the Bay Area

Want to get out and explore the greater Bay Area with some hiking near San Francisco? Try one of these five beautiful hikes this summer to see more of our stunning coast and Bay Area cities.

Top five hikes in or near San Francisco:

  1. Lands End Trail – This moderate 3.5-mile hike is quite popular for its fantastic views and surrounding wildflowers and wildlife! You’ll gain about 564 ft. of elevation on this loop as you walk near the cliffs with impressive coastal views and a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Some major highlights include Seal Rocks, a preserved spot for the sea lions (though they’ve since moved to Pier 39), the Labyrinth, the Sutro Baths ruins, three shipwreck remains, and the railroad bed of the former Cliff House Railway. For a little pick-me-up, stop by the Cliff House for a light refreshment or cocktail.
  2. Mount Davidson – Take in sweeping views of San Francisco and Twin Peaks on this easy 1.5-mile trail that’s located on the tallest point in the city. A major attraction of this hike is seeing the 103-ft. Mt. Davidson Cross. A cross has been in its spot since 1923 though the concrete and steel version of today was built in 1934.
  3. Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve – Over in Oakland, under the care of the East Bay Regional Park District, is the Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve which has quite a few hiking trails to explore this volcanic center. You can opt for the 1.8-mile Round Top Trail Loop or get more steps in on the 3.8-mile Sibley Volcanic Trail. Both trails are rated as easy trails with great nature views and amazing geographical history.
  4. Tennessee Valley Trail – This relatively easy 3.4-mile trail with mostly level ground is another popular hiking trail in the Marin Headlands. The real treat of this trail lies at the end when you reach the small beach at Tennessee Cove! If the tide is low, you’ll also be able to glimpse the engine of the shipwrecked SS Tennessee. Though the ship was bound for San Francisco in 1853, fog caused some confusion for the captain and they wound up at Tennessee Cove where they safely unloaded the 550 passengers and cargo. If you’re not up for a hike but still want to see the area and other trails of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, try a horseback ride with Miwok Stables!
  5. North Ridge and Sunset Trail Loop – Enjoy beautiful panoramic views from Angel Island on this 5.1-mile loop. You’ll gain just under 800 ft. of elevation as you hike along the switchbacks and the trail has picnic grounds and quarry beach for a lovely break after your scenic hike. From the trail, you’ll be able to see Telegraph Hill, the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Mount Tamalpais.

Try one of these five trails, or any of the countless others, next time you’re in San Francisco or the greater Bay Area. We also invite you to stay in one of our charming guest rooms next time you’re in San Francisco as well!


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