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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area chronicles 200 years of history, from Native American culture, Spanish Empire frontier, California Gold Rush, the evolution of American coastal fortifications, and the growth of urban San Francisco. Comprised of 19 separate ecosystems and home to a multitude of different plant and animal species, the varied landscape has hundreds of ways to recreate including horseback riding, ranger-led programs, bicycling, hiking, and running.

Gems in Golden Gate National Recreation Area - 11

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gem Favorite Sunlight on the Golden Gate.

Golden Gate Bridge

(41) Sausalito, CA
gem Favorite San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge

Battery Spencer

(13) Sausalito, CA
gem Favorite Looking down the trail to Mile Rock Beach

Mile Rock Viewpoint

(6) San Fra…, CA
gem Favorite Another view of the lighthouse bridge

Point Bonita Lighthouse

(8) Tamalpa…, CA
gem Favorite The Golden Gate Bridge shrouded in fog.

Hawk Hill

(6) Sausalito, CA
gem Favorite Beautiful for sunsets

Sutro Baths

(12) San Fra…, CA

Recommended Routes in Golden Gate National Recreation Area - 12

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Favorite The Golden Gate Bridge is on display from the Coastal Trail.
Intermediate

Coastal Trail: Lands End

2.9 mi 4.6 km 192' Up 58.44 m Up 192' Down 58.4 m Down

San Fra…, CA
Favorite Northward bound backpacker taking in the view with his morning snack.
Intermediate/Difficult

Muir Beach Loop

5.8 mi 9.4 km 1,164' Up 354.88 m Up 1,164' Down 354.8 m Down

Tamalpa…, CA
Favorite The "Grand Stairway" at Bootleggers Cove.
Intermediate

Mori Point

2.4 mi 3.9 km 331' Up 100.76 m Up 330' Down 100.73 m Down

Pacifica, CA
Favorite Heading back toward the parking lot on the Tennessee Valley Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Tennessee Valley Lollipop

4.1 mi 6.7 km 761' Up 231.89 m Up 761' Down 232 m Down

Tamalpa…, CA
Favorite View from the SCA Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

South Headlands Loop (Coast-Miwok-Alta)

7.8 mi 12.6 km 1,243' Up 378.86 m Up 1,239' Down 377.52 m Down

Sausalito, CA
Favorite Overlooking the Tennessee Valley.
Intermediate

Tennessee Valley: Ridge Trail to Coast Loop

5.4 mi 8.7 km 924' Up 281.5 m Up 936' Down 285.36 m Down

Tamalpa…, CA
Favorite View from the SCA Trail.
Intermediate

Golden Gate Bridge Overlook Out-and-Back

5.3 mi 8.5 km 1,000' Up 304.86 m Up 999' Down 304.44 m Down

Sausalito, CA
Favorite Pacifica bluffs to Montara Mountain from below the Mussel Rocks parking area
Intermediate/Difficult

Mussel Rock Park Tour

2.2 mi 3.6 km 310' Up 94.64 m Up 310' Down 94.47 m Down

Broadmoor, CA
Favorite Half way up Baquiano Trail looking back to Mori Point.
Intermediate/Difficult

Sweeny Ridge Loop

5.7 mi 9.1 km 954' Up 290.82 m Up 958' Down 292.09 m Down

Pacifica, CA
Favorite Rodeo Beach.
Easy/Intermediate

Rodeo Lagoon Loop

3.4 mi 5.4 km 137' Up 41.68 m Up 137' Down 41.7 m Down

Marin City, CA
Favorite Ranger doing field work.
Easy/Intermediate

Milagra Ridge Tour

1.7 mi 2.7 km 152' Up 46.33 m Up 145' Down 44.09 m Down

Pacifica, CA
Favorite Heading down toward the Oakwood Valley.
Intermediate/Difficult

Orchard Trail Loop

1.9 mi 3.0 km 374' Up 114.06 m Up 449' Down 136.95 m Down

Marin City, CA

Golden Gate National Recreation Area Hiking

  • 306 Miles 492 Kilometers of Trail
  • 16 Recommended Routes
  • 11 Gems Gems
  • 34 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 57 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 14 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Golden Gate National Recreation Area - 89

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1.1 mi 1.8 km #1SCA Trail
Intermediate
Sausalito, CA
Intermediate
Sausalito, CA
1.5 mi 2.4 km #2Pirates Cove Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Tamalpais Valley, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Tamalpais Valley, CA
4.8 mi 7.7 km #3California Coastal Trail: Section 28 & 29
Intermediate
Bolinas, CA
Intermediate
Bolinas, CA
1.6 mi 2.7 km #4California Coastal Trail: Presidio
Intermediate
San Francisco, CA
Intermediate
San Francisco, CA
1.9 mi 3.1 km #5Coastal Trail
Intermediate
Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA
Intermediate
Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA
0.2 mi 0.4 km #6Slacker Ridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Sausalito, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Sausalito, CA
0.5 mi 0.9 km #7Point Bonita Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA
3.0 mi 4.8 km #8Willow Camp Fire Rd.
Difficult
Bolinas, CA
Difficult
Bolinas, CA
23.8 mi 38.3 km #9Bay Area Ridge Trail: Samuel P. Taylor SP to White Hill OS Pre…
Intermediate
Bolinas, CA
Intermediate
Bolinas, CA
0.3 mi 0.4 km #10Upper Fisherman's Trail
Intermediate
Marin City, CA
Intermediate
Marin City, CA

Photos of Golden Gate National Recreation Area - 256

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Sunset on the beach
Jul 27, 2018 near Sausalito, CA
View from the SCA Trail.
Mar 3, 2016 near Sausalito, CA
Rodeo Beach.
Feb 9, 2016 near Tamalpa…, CA
The perfect outdoor classroom.
Mar 2, 2016 near Tamalpa…, CA
Tennessee Valley Hike
Sep 2, 2015 near Tamalpa…, CA
Sunset from above the beach at Mussel Rocks
Mar 14, 2019 near Broadmoor, CA
Rodeo Beach.
Mar 4, 2016 near Tamalpa…, CA
Imagine watching Fleet Week from here!
Mar 2, 2016 near Sausalito, CA