In San Francisco, it is always prime weather for hiking, especially now during the later than other places in the Bay Area summer – typically September and October. Explore our beautiful city, and add these easy best hikes in San Francisco to your outdoor bucket list. There are many gorgeous places at your fingertips here, so narrowing it to eight was difficult. Read on and fall in love with these great bucket list hiking spots. Happy trails!

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Best hikes in San Francisco

Where can I find hiking trails near me in the Bay Area that are appropriate for kids?

There are numerous kid-friendly hiking trails dotted all over the San Francisco Bay Area. For example, there’s the Tennessee Valley Trail. Located in the Marin Headlands, this trail offers outstanding ocean views along the way. Another, going south of the city, is the Thornton Beach Trail in Daly City. This relatively flat and easy trail also offers spectacular ocean views.

Are there any waterfall hikes in the San Francisco Bay Area?

Absolutely! In fact, you would no doubt enjoy a waterfall weekend itinerary that winds from the Marin area north of the Golden Gate Bridge, into the city, then onto the East Bay and South Bay. Each waterfall offers its own unique flavor and flair!

After a good hike, I’m always looking for the best burger restaurants in Northern California. Can you point me in the right direction?

Boy oh boy do I have some suggestions for you! One of the best burger restaurants in Northern California is The Habit Burger Grill in Novato. Here I would suggest trying the Cubano Char, made with a seasoned chargrilled patty topped with grilled honey ham, double cheese, and zesty mustard. For vegans (without the cheese) and vegetarians, the Impossible Cheeseburger at Gott's Roadside Grill in Palo Alto is amazing (especially the secret sauce!).