San Francisco May 01, 2017
10 Picnic Perfect San Francisco Hikes That Will Make Your Spring Complete
The weather is nice and even warm, so what about a hike and a picnic? Yes, there are perfect parks and hikes in San Francisco for exercise and lounging. If you are ready and itching to appreciate the beauty in the city, pack a picnic and head out on one of these 10 San Francisco hikes that will make your spring complete!
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1. Fort Miley - Fort Miley, San Francisco, 94121
Fort Miley is located along the Coastal Trail of Land's End, on the outer headlands of the Golden Gate's southern end. There are many areas with picnic tables and great views. The hiking in this part of the city is also fun and scenic.
2. Bernal Hill: 10 Bernal Heights Blvd, San Francisco
The one-mile paved path surrounding the hill is short, beautiful, and perfect for a picnic. There are many spots to lay out a picnic blanket to eat and enjoy the views of the city. Once you've reached the summit, then appreciate 360-degree views of the city.
3. Crissy Fields: Mason Street and Crissy Field Avenue, San Francisco
A flat walk guaranteed to thrill with all of the best city icons. Also, the picnic tables are in beautiful spots. In addition, the urban hike from Crissy Field to Fort Point is one of the country's prettiest urban walks, with panoramic views galore.
4. John Mclaren Park: 100 John F Shelley Dr, San Francisco
Enter the park from Mansell Street onto John F. Shelley Drive. Start with having lunch at one of their picnic tables, and then go explore the rest of the park. While hiking, you'll pass the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater across Shelley Drive. There are plenty more miles of hikes in this park too.
5. Golden Gate Park: Various area of the park, San Francisco
Golden Gate Park is a large urban oasis that's not only a free, ready-made gym for runners and bikers, but also houses a number of picnic grounds. You can hike anywhere in the park almost and find a peaceful spot to relax or have a picnic too.
6. Sunset Trail: Angel Island, San Francisco
Take the ferry to Angel Island from San Francisco and enjoy the beautiful scenery. San Francisco Bay's largest island is between Marin and San Francisco counties. The hike for Sunset Trail is easy, following a flat, paved (wheelchair accessible) trail. There are many tables for a picnic, so this an ideal hike in many ways.
7. Sutro Heights Park: 48th Ave and Point Lobos Avenue
Not as popular as the other hikes, but well worth a visit. The view is spectacular, so you'll enjoy a picnic overlooking Ocean Beach. Awesome!
8. The Presidio: Lombard Gate, San Francisco
The Presidio is great for Off the Grid picnicking. In terms of hiking, seek out the 2.1-mile Presidio Promenade. This is a major east-west trail bringing visitors from the park’s urban edge at the Lombard Gate to the Golden Gate Bridge.
9. Baker Beach: Gibson Rd, San Francisco, 94129
If a beach picnic sounds fun then check out Baker Beach. This is a perfect place for picnics, sightseeing, hiking uphill toward the Presidio, and more. Please be warned that there is a portion of Baker beach is clothing optional.
10. Land's End/Sutro Baths Area: 680 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco
A popular and scenic place for a hike and picnic. Whenever you want to hike remember to stop along the Coastal Trail and check out the many areas along the hike like Sutro Baths and the labyrinth at Eagle's Point. This is a classic spot for San Franciscans and visitors alike.
Have you been to any of these hikes and had a picnic? Let us know. Share this story too! If you’re into staying active then check out
The 10 Most Beautiful Bike Trails You Can Take Near San Francisco.