The Best Hikesin San Francisco and Beyond
San Francisco's year-round temperate climate and forty-plus hills make the city a hiker's paradise.
The greater Bay Area is no different, brimming with natural wonders like towering redwoods, impermeable cliffs, and lush valleys, all within a short drive of the city. Every trail, from Mt. Diablo to Muir Woods, has photo-worthy scenery. Here are our picks for the best hikes in San Francisco and beyond.
San Francisco City Hikes
If you're ready to go beyond regular walking tours and actually hike through San Francisco, we've got options for you.
You can start right in the center of the city with Twin Peaks. Climbing the easy half-mile trail increases your elevation by 400 feet, putting you a total of 925 feet above sea level. This is the place to check out the best 360-degree view inside city limits. Twin Peaks is easily accessible by public transportation. If you take Muni Metro K or M trains to the Castro Station, the trailhead is about one mile away. Or, take Muni bus 33 or 37 from Castro Station to access the trailhead.
Another option is the 1.5-mile Mount Davidson Trail loop, which takes you to the highest point in the city. Mount Davidson is home to a San Francisco landmark, the historic Mount Davidson Cross. This icon stands 103 feet tall, so it can be seen from most points in the city. It is here that the Annual Easter Sunrise Service has been held since 1923. The simplest way to get to Mount Davidson is by public transportation. Take BART from downtown to the Glen Park station, then the 36 Muni bus to the corner of Dalewood Way and Myra Way. Or, take the 36, 43, 44, 48 or 52 Muni bus to arrive at the Mount Davidson hiking path entrance on the northwest side of the peak.
If you want to take a hike that circles an entire island without ever leaving city limits, take the Angel Island - Tiburon Ferry or the Golden Gate Ferry from San Francisco to Angel Island State Park. See the San Francisco skyline from a brand-new vantage point as you trek the five-mile loop.