San Francisco November 06, 2016
10 Easy Hikes To Add To Your Outdoor Bucket List In San Francisco
Surrounded by natural beauty and spoiled by amazing weather year-round, San Francisco is a hiker’s paradise. One of my favorite hikes in the city is the coastal
Batteries to Bluffs Trail, but here, I wanted to include some easier and often overlooked urban and nature hikes for all levels of hikers. Let’s take a look at the best easy hikes in San Francisco!
During these uncertain times, please keep safety in mind and consider adding destinations to your bucket list to visit at a later date.
1. Buena Vista Park Hike: Buena Vista Ave E & Duboce
A wonderful and short hike without the crowds. Though the uphill hike may seem daunting at first, just take it slow. The hike is quite short, and once you've reached the top, you'll have beautiful views of the city.
2. Crissy Fields Hike: Mason Street and Crissy Field Avenue
A flat walk guaranteed to thrill with all of the best city icons. This hike from Crissy Field to Fort Point is one of the country's prettiest urban walks, with panoramic views galore.
3. California Coastal Trail: The Presidio
The Coastal Trail is mostly flat as it winds around the coast. This trail is beautiful and undoubtedly offers some of the best views of the Pacific, the Marin Headlands, and the Golden Gate Bridge.
4. Mission Creek Park: 4th St & Channel St
A hidden gem near downtown, Mission Creek Park has a great walking loop that starts at the 7th street entrance. Enjoy lots of greenery and beautiful scenery, check out the houseboats, and hit up the dog park with your pooch.
5. Strawberry Hill Hike: 50 Stow Lake Drive
Strawberry Hill in Golden Gate Park glows with every shade of green possible. And though you will have to go uphill, the short climb is well worth it once you reach the scenic peak.
6. Corona Heights Park: 32 Museum Way
This easy and accessible climb ends with a breathtaking 360-degree view of Fog City and beyond. There's even a cool rock formation you can climb on top of as you admire the bustling city below.
7. Bay Area Ridge Trail: Presidio
The Bay Area Ridge Trail is the perfect trail to take visitors since it ends at the Golden Gate Bridge. It's an easy hike, although there is some uphill walking on the way back from the bridge.
8. John McLaren Park: 100 John F Shelley Drive
Enter the park from Mansell Street onto John F. Shelley Drive to start the 1.6-mile loop. You'll pass by the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater and catch some of the best views in the city. There are plenty more miles of trails in this park, too, if you're up for more exploring.
9. Sunset Reservoir Trail: Outer Sunset
This is a short walk in the residential Outer Sunset. Take in views of the ocean, and walk down to the water.
10. Heron’s Head Park: Bayview-Hunters Point
Heron's Head Park includes an easy trail that offers some amazing scenery. You'll get stunning views of the bay and a chance to spot more than 100 species of birds.
For more great walking adventures, check out these
10 Incredible Hikes Under 5 Miles Everyone Around San Francisco Should Take.