Ready for some killer views? We’re dishing out all the details on some of the best hikes in the Bay. Lace-up those hiking boots and grab a jacket (Karl rolls deep), it’s time to for a proper active outdoor sesh.
GOLDEN GATE PARK
It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t include this San Francisco favorite. Golden Gate Park, SF’s biggest park consisting of 1,017 acres of public land, is home to some of the coolest nature hikes. Golden Gate Park’s trails vary from easy to strenuous, with unique views such as man-made lakes, flower conservatories, windmills and more to add to the experience. Since the park is so large, it’s a great place to get lost and explore. Our advice: wander past the bigger tourist attractions and see what views you stumble upon!
Ever wonder what it feels like to be on top of the world? Bernal Heights Park is here to help. The hike is a short 1-mile loop trail offering 360-degree views of the entire San Francisco area. The wind typically keeps views clear from the fog, allowing for some of the best vibes in the Bay Area. The hill offers multiple ways to get to the top, perfect for all types of hikers despite their skill level. Keep this one on the hush-hush, as this hidden gem has yet to be discovered by many tourists and never gets too crowded. Oh, and did we mention it’s dog-friendly? It can’t get any better than that.
FORT FUNSTON TRAIL
Famous for its dog-friendly trails and its off-leash beaches, Fort Funston is the coastal hike of your dreams. Most hikers stick to the Sunset Trail, a 2-mile loop with rad views from above of the cliffside. If you’ve got the time, head down to the beach below to relax and take in even more sights. There are multiple branch-off trails offering unique sights and activities for the adventurer in you. If you’re lucky, you may get to see hang-gliders in action. Some views that we can confirm you’ll enjoy when you go: lots and lots of happy, sandy dogs. Enough said.
Famous for its 360-degree panoramic views of San Francisco, Twin Peaks has become one of the biggest must-sees for tourists and travelers. Despite being visitors’ favorite photo op, Twin Peaks offers the workout of a lifetime with 511 feet elevation gain. Now we know what you’re thinking–why hike up when I can just drive? Come on San Franciscans, you weren’t raised on climbing those SF hills for nothing. Take this 3.8-mile hiking loop like a champ! What better reward is there than one of the most breathtaking views of your home? Pro-tip: if this is your first time visiting, head out to Twin Peaks hour or two before sunset so you can trek to the top in time to catch San Francisco glow during golden hour.
If you’re interested in venturing out of the city, head across the Golden Gate Bridge to Mount Tamalpais State Park. Offering more than 60-miles of hiking trails, this park is home to some of the greatest spots for views, picnics and wildlife watching. Experience stellar views of the Marin County hills, San Francisco city, East Bay, Mount Diablo and more. If you’re looking for an easy hike with an incredible view, we recommend the Verna Dunshee Trail. This 1.2-mile loop sets you up for one of the most killer sunset viewings.
Keep your head in the clouds and your feet on the trail with these epic San Francisco hiking spots. Be sure to stay in the loop on all things Sessions to enhance your next sesh.