Hiking in San Francisco – trails to explore

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A good walk through the woods has been shown to boost your mental state, strengthen your heart and respiratory system. While San Francisco offers all the deliciousness one associates with a great waterfront city, it’s also a short distance from some spectacular hikes.

If you’re feeling a little tired of exploring the city and you’re ready to lace up your boots and explore some of the area’s best trails, consider going on a hiking tour.


Redwood Regional Park

You haven’t been to California if you haven’t walked around the state’s towering Redwood trees. Although many may think that you have to travel to the North Bay to enjoy their rustic beauty, the truth is that the East Bay has its very own forest of redwood giants.

Redwood Regional Park offers a variety of trails of varying difficulty and terrain , but the park’s Tres Sendas trail is a quiet and peaceful way to see the area’s best sights. It should be noted that the parking lot requires a $5 fee with an additional $2 for those wishing to walk dogs.


Land’s End Trail

If you still haven’t captured the perfect shot of the Golden Gate Bridge, it’s time to try the Lands End walking trail. As one of the best hikes in the city, it offers stunning views of San Francisco’s waterfront as well as a perfect vantage point to see the Golden Gate Bridge.

The trail begins at the Sutro Baths, a historic indoor saltwater swimming pool that is now in ruins . The track itself runs up the coast and stretches for about 3 miles. If you follow the path along the water, you will reach the Eagle Point Overlook, one of the city’s most popular viewpoints.


Pin the Bonita Lighthouse Trail

Located in the Bay Area’s beautiful Golden Gate National Recreation Area, find the Point Bonita Lighthouse, the endpoint of a half-mile hike that sends you through a historic tunnel cut by Chinese laborers and crosses over a captivating suspension bridge.

Although the path is relatively short, you will find several areas that make the whole trip worth it. As the trail is relatively easy and quite beautiful, it is an ideal hike for those with families or young children who want to get out and explore.


Cataract Falls Hike

There are many waterfalls in Marin County , but Cataract Falls is clearly the most popular. The route merges with the scenic Cataract Creek, which is a water source for the area’s rich variety of flora and fauna. Although the trail leading to the falls is very popular, it is still an excellent opportunity to spot some of the area’s unique wildlife.

the descent is most active after periods of intense rain, although the trail can be enjoyed regardless. Although looping is possible, many prefer to hike the 1.3 miles to the base of the falls and return to the main trail.

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