10 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone Around San Francisco Should Take

The San Francisco Bay Area is truly a hiker’s paradise, whether you’re looking for a hardcore stomp through lush forests or a leisurely walk along the stunning coastline. Here, we’re focusing on our favorite hikes around San Francisco that are under 5 miles, all of which get you to some of the finest views known to man, whether you’re catching a glimpse of the Golden Gate Bridge, straining your neck to see the top of a half-century-old redwood, or looking down into the ashes of a once active volcano.

Looking for more adventures-on-foot? Try out these 10 trails in San Francisco, plus 10 more epic hiking spots, and 11 unique day trips near San Francisco.