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Coastal Trail: Lands End

Intermediate
 4.5 (61) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A mega-popular run hitting many Bay Area attractions in one fell swoop.


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Map Key

2.9

Miles

4.6

KM

96%

Runnable

260' 79 m

High

159' 49 m

Low

192' 58 m

Up

192' 58 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Off-leash

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Overview

A mostly easy run with amazing views and great options to extend your visit with other activities. Explore the remains of Sutro Baths, have lunch at the Cliff House, visit the Legion of Honor art museum, and embrace the fantastic tourist attractions that make this area justifiably popular.

Runner Notes

Expect crowds - both runners and hikers.

Description

From the large parking area and helpful visitors center, follow the trail into the woods as it wraps around the very northwest tip of the city. Several viewpoints open up and it's worth stopping at each to enjoy the views. You might have cold fog or crisp sun, but either way, this moody trail delivers.

The trail is built on the bed of an old rail line, so it's mostly dead-level. One short section has been re-routed around an eroded part of the cliff and has a long, steep section of stairs. You could optionally turn around at the stairs to avoid that difficulty and still have a wonderful run. Also, be sure to take the little detour on Mile Rock Trail!

History & Background

This trail is built on the remains of an old rail line. In the 1880's the Cliff House and Sutro Baths were being built on the west end of the city, which was miles from downtown at the time.

A private train was built to connect the tourist attractions, and at 5 cents a ride, was quite a bargain for the amazing views it gave riders then, and runners today.

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Nick Wilder

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 61 votes

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Photos

The Golden Gate Bridge is on display from the Coastal Trail.
Mar 19, 2016 near San Fra…, CA
View of the Bridge.
Oct 28, 2015 near San Fra…, CA
Iceplant in bloom.
Oct 28, 2015 near San Fra…, CA
Great panorama views of the other side of Golden Gate Bridge and Marin.
Dec 17, 2015 near San Fra…, CA
Golden Gate Bridge
Oct 28, 2015 near San Fra…, CA
Running the steps that bypass the eroded trail section
Oct 28, 2015 near San Fra…, CA

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