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Golden Gate National Recreation Area

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Golden Gate National Recreation Area chronicles 200 years of history, from Native American culture, Spanish Empire frontier, California Gold Rush, the evolution of American coastal fortifications, and the growth of urban San Francisco. Comprised of 19 separate ecosystems and home to a multitude of different plant and animal species, the varied landscape has hundreds of ways to recreate including horseback riding, ranger-led programs, bicycling, hiking, and running.

Gems in Golden Gate National Recreation Area - 11

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gem Favorite Sunlight on the Golden Gate.

Golden Gate Bridge

(37) Sausalito, CA
gem Favorite San Francisco, Golden Gate Bridge

Battery Spencer

(12) Sausalito, CA
gem Favorite Looking down the trail to Mile Rock Beach

Mile Rock Viewpoint

(6) San Fra…, CA
gem Favorite Another view of the lighthouse bridge

Point Bonita Lighthouse

(8) Tamalpa…, CA
gem Favorite The Golden Gate Bridge shrouded in fog.

Hawk Hill

(6) Sausalito, CA
gem Favorite Rodeo Beach.

Rodeo Beach

(7) Tamalpa…, CA

Recommended Routes in Golden Gate National Recreation Area - 18

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Favorite The Golden Gate Bridge is on display from the Coastal Trail.
Intermediate

Coastal Trail: Lands End

2.9 mi 4.6 km 192' Up 58.44 m Up 192' Down 58.4 m Down

San Fra…, CA
Favorite View Down Pirates Cove
Intermediate/Difficult

Muir Beach Loop

5.8 mi 9.4 km 1,164' Up 354.88 m Up 1,164' Down 354.8 m Down

Tamalpa…, CA
Favorite Heading back toward the parking lot on the Tennessee Valley Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

Tennessee Valley Lollipop

4.1 mi 6.7 km 761' Up 231.89 m Up 761' Down 232 m Down

Tamalpa…, CA
Favorite Mori Point. I have seen fishermen on the beach, but it is difficult to reach.
Intermediate

Mori Point

2.4 mi 3.9 km 331' Up 100.76 m Up 330' Down 100.73 m Down

Pacifica, CA
Favorite View from the SCA Trail.
Intermediate

Golden Gate Bridge Overlook Out-and-Back

5.3 mi 8.5 km 1,000' Up 304.86 m Up 999' Down 304.44 m Down

Sausalito, CA
Favorite Topping out the big climb at the Table Rock 27k
Difficult

Marin Ultra Challenge 50 Mile by Inside Trail Racing

51.0 mi 82.0 km 9,172' Up 2795.7 m Up 9,172' Down 2795.75 m Down

Sausalito, CA
Favorite Pacifica bluffs to Montara Mountain from below the Mussel Rocks parking area
Difficult

Mussel Rock Park Tour

2.2 mi 3.6 km 310' Up 94.64 m Up 310' Down 94.47 m Down

Broadmoor, CA
Favorite Overlooking the Tennessee Valley.
Intermediate

Tennessee Valley: Ridge Trail to Coast Loop

5.4 mi 8.7 km 924' Up 281.5 m Up 936' Down 285.36 m Down

Tamalpa…, CA
Favorite View from the SCA Trail.
Intermediate/Difficult

South Headlands Loop (Coast-Miwok-Alta)

7.8 mi 12.6 km 1,243' Up 378.86 m Up 1,239' Down 377.52 m Down

Sausalito, CA

Golden Gate National Recreation Area Running

  • 389 Miles 626 Kilometers of Trail
  • 18 Recommended Routes
  • 11 Gems Gems
  • 30 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 57 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 20 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Golden Gate National Recreation Area - 89

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1.1 mi 1.8 km #1SCA Trail
Intermediate
Sausalito, CA
Intermediate
Sausalito, CA
1.5 mi 2.4 km #2Pirates Cove Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Tamalpais Valley, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Tamalpais Valley, CA
0.2 mi 0.4 km #3Slacker Ridge Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Sausalito, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
Sausalito, CA
1.6 mi 2.7 km #4California Coastal Trail: Presidio
Intermediate
San Francisco, CA
Intermediate
San Francisco, CA
1.9 mi 3.1 km #5Coastal Trail
Intermediate
Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA
Intermediate
Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA
4.8 mi 7.7 km #6California Coastal Trail: Section 28 & 29
Intermediate
Bolinas, CA
Intermediate
Bolinas, CA
0.5 mi 0.9 km #7Point Bonita Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA
Easy/Intermediate
Tamalpais-Homestead Valley, CA
3.0 mi 4.8 km #8Willow Camp Fire Rd.
Difficult
Bolinas, CA
Difficult
Bolinas, CA
0.3 mi 0.4 km #9Mile Rock Trail
Difficult
San Francisco, CA
Difficult
San Francisco, CA
0.3 mi 0.4 km #10Upper Fisherman's Trail
Intermediate
Marin City, CA
Intermediate
Marin City, CA

Photos of Golden Gate National Recreation Area - 256

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Sunset on the beach
Jul 27, 2018 near Sausalito, CA
View from the SCA Trail.
Mar 3, 2016 near Sausalito, CA
Rodeo Beach.
Feb 9, 2016 near Tamalpa…, CA
The perfect outdoor classroom.
Mar 2, 2016 near Tamalpa…, CA
Tennessee Valley Hike
Sep 2, 2015 near Tamalpa…, CA
Sunset from above the beach at Mussel Rocks
Mar 14, 2019 near Broadmoor, CA
Rodeo Beach.
Mar 4, 2016 near Tamalpa…, CA
Imagine watching Fleet Week from here!
Mar 2, 2016 near Sausalito, CA