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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.

Stephanie Garr
Stephanie is a freelance writer and editor based in San Francisco, California. When she's not tapping at a keyboard, she can be found leading groups on gourmet chocolate walking tours (best job ever) or running the many lovely hills and stairs of the city (to burn off all that chocolate, of course). She also runs a travel blog with her husband at Big & Small Travel (