By far, one of the best places in San Francisco for a hike is the beautiful Lands End Trail in the Sutro District of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The area has miles of trails, and they provide fantastic examples of coastal terrain while also letting you see the Golden Gate Bridge from many different angles.
You can start the trail in one of two areas. One of the ways is from the Welcome Center near Ocean Beach. There is plenty of parking here. The trail will take you past the Sutro Baths, along the coastline, and will end at the trailhead at Land's End Eagles Point. There are also a few stops off along the way including the Labyrinth, Mile Rock Beach, and the Memorial for Peace. The second place to start is at the trailhead at Land's End Eagles Point. This will take you to the Welcome Center.
Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash. This trail explores the historic Sutro Baths and offers great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean. This is the wildest, rockiest corner of San Francisco. A corner strewn with shipwrecks and a history of landslides. This area was once called "Point Lobos” by the Spanish, after the “lobos marinos” or sea lions that once made this area their home. Point Lobos Avenue, which was once a private toll road, now provides access to Lands End and the Camino Del Mar Trail. The sea lions have since relocated to the calmer waters of San Francisco Bay.
Location: 680 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121
4 Miles: 300-500 ft of elevation