One of the best things about visiting (or living in) the Bay Area is the abundance of nature that is easily accessible for exploring and adventuring. Whether you’re looking for a place to stroll or want to work up a sweat- or something in between- there is a perfect hike for you in every direction!
Driving North: Once you’ve made it over the Golden Gate Bridge, the world is your oyster as far as available hiking goes. You can head to Mount Tam, the highest peak in the Marin Headlands, and choose from a wide range of long or short hikes. For great views with less hiking, Hawk Hill or Slacker Hill in the Marin Headlands are your best bets.
Driving South: Located south of Twin Peaks, Mount Davidson is always a hit. This relatively easy one mile hike leads up to the highest point in San Francisco, at 983 feet. If you head further south into the Peninsula, the Skyline Ridge Preserve offers beautiful views and peaceful tranquility. If you’re hanging out near Stanford, The Dish is a very popular paved walking hike.
Driving East: The East Bay has an incredible amount of gorgeous hiking, with generally warmer temperatures to boot. Head to Tilden Regional Park and make your way up to Grizzly Peak for incredible Bay views. Further inland go exploring in Briones Regional Park or Redwood Regional Park to be wholly immersed in nature.
Don’t have access to a car? Not an issue either- San Francisco has many urban hikes and hike with costal views that are accessible by MUNI. For some beautiful views of the bridge during your hike, take the 38 bus to 48th and Point Lobos to hike the Lands End Trail. The hike is just under three miles, and will take about an hour and a half to complete depending on ability. For a shorter but steeper, greener adventure, take the BART to Glen Park Station and prepare yourself to urban hike up some hills to Glen Canyon Park. This is a great place for exploring with kids.
Happy hiking! 🙂
About the Author // Eliza Dropkin is a Vantigo Tour Guide. She enjoys live music, good food, and cruising around town in Lillie (though she loves all the vans equally).