The 10 Most Awesome Lake Hikes You Can Possibly Take Around San Francisco

Take advantage of the nature and beauty of the Bay Area; we’re coming at you with 10 of the best hikes in San Francisco! These are special, super-scenic hikes that take you near or around lakes and bodies of water, which is one of the finest features of our region of NorCal. Explore these awesome lake hikes around San Francisco, and see if you discover any new-to-you places!

Have you been on any of these waterfront trails? Do you agree they’re some of the best hikes in San Francisco? Let us know. Share this story too. For related content, check out this article: These 9 Gorgeous Waterfront Trails In San Francisco Are Perfect For A Summer Day.

Address: Alamere Falls, California 94924, USA
Address: East Shore Trail, E Shore Trail, California 94550, USA
Address: Lake Chabot, California, USA
Address: Kent Lake, California, USA
Address: Stevens Creek Reservoir, California 95014, USA
Address: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, USA
Address: Crystal Springs Reservoir, California 94062, USA
Address: Lafayette Reservoir, Lafayette, CA 94549, USA
Address: Shadow Cliffs Lake, California 94566, USA
Address: Lake Merced, San Francisco, CA 94132, USA

OnlyInYourState may earn compensation through affiliate links in this article.

The OIYS Visitor Center

Best Hikes in San Francisco

July 20, 2022

Are there any waterfall hikes in San Francisco?

Absolutely there are! San Franciscans are totally spoiled in the nature department, and the waterfall selection around here is one of the country’s finest. Most of these breathtaking spots in San Francisco are just a quick drive (or even bike ride) away from those in the Bay Area. Here are our picks for the most beautiful waterfall hikes near San Francisco. Among those listed, we recommend the short-and-sweet trek to Cascade Falls. It’s a 0.3-mile round-trip adventure, and if you want it to be a little longer, you can most certainly do that – just add the hike from the Cascade Park parking lot, and it becomes a two-mile-long round-trip hike, which, in our opinion, is the “Goldilocks” length for an afternoon hike. Another excellent hiking trail in San Francisco that will blow you away is the hike to Cataract Falls, a three-mile round-trip hike that takes you to one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Northern California. Swoon!

What are some scenic places in San Francisco?

There’s an embarrassment of riches when it comes to swoon-worthy scenery in San Francisco. One place we can never get enough of is Point Reyes, an area on the Pacific Coast in Marin County that’s located a quick 30-mile trip from San Francisco. Sea lions, elephant seals, orcas, whales, and myriad avian species patrol this region of the California Coast, providing ample opportunities for photography and wildlife watching. Point Reyes Safaris even offers “seaside safari” tours led by acclaimed photographer Daniel Dietrich, and guests can essentially choose their own adventure in terms of wildlife focus: avian, marine, or terrestrial!

Address: Alamere Falls, California 94924, USA
Address: East Shore Trail, E Shore Trail, California 94550, USA
Address: Lake Chabot, California, USA
Address: Kent Lake, California, USA
Address: Stevens Creek Reservoir, California 95014, USA
Address: Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA, USA
Address: Crystal Springs Reservoir, California 94062, USA
Address: Lafayette Reservoir, Lafayette, CA 94549, USA
Address: Shadow Cliffs Lake, California 94566, USA
Address: Lake Merced, San Francisco, CA 94132, USA

OnlyInYourState may earn compensation through affiliate links in this article.