Golden Gate National Recreation Area

California, United States
 (10 votes, 10 reviews)
The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) is a U.S. National Recreation Area administered by the National Park Service that surrounds the San Francisco Bay area. It is one of the most visited units of the National Park system in the United States, with over 13 million visitors a year. It is also one of the largest urban parks in the world, with a size two-and-a-half times that of the consolidated city and county of San Francisco.The park is not one continuous locale, but rather a collection of areas that stretch from northern San Mateo County to southern Marin County, and includes several areas of San Francisco. The park is as diverse as it is expansive; it contains famous tourist attractions such as Muir Woods National Monument, Alcatraz, and the Presidio of San Francisco. The GGNRA is also home to 1,273 plant and animal species, encompasses 59 miles (95 km) of bay and ocean shoreline and has military fortifications that span centuries of California history, from the Spanish conquistadors to Cold War-era Nike missile sites.
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Trails

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Sausalito California
Winter On The Bay
Easy
5.3 mi/
8.5 km
Point Bonita Lighthouse Trail
Explore the spectacular cliffs along a short trail above the Pacific Ocean less than 30 minutes from San Francisco.
Moderate
0.3 mi/
0.5 km
Mount Tam - Southeast Trail
Trail from Summit Ave to East Peak.
Moderate
5.1 mi/
8.2 km
Rodeo Lagoon to Pt Bonita Lighthouse
4.1 mile trail near Marin City, California
n/a
4.1 mi/
6.6 km
Marin Headlands
Headlands host beauty and history of San Francisco Bay Area
n/a
Miwok Trail to Bonita Point
7.8 mile trail in Marin Headlands, California
n/a
7.8 mi/
12.6 km

Mount Tamalpais State Park

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
East Peak, Mt. Tamalpais State Park
The best panoramic views of the San Francisco Bay Area are just a half-mile hike away atop Mt. Tamalpais.
Easy
0.5 mi/
0.8 km
Verna Dunshee Loop Trail around Mt Tamalpais East Peak
Experience some of the best views in the Bay Area along this flat, paved trail. A great hike for young kids.
Easy
0.7 mi/
1.1 km
Mountain Theater and the Southwest Slope of Mount Tamalpais
The amazing theater and an afternoon hike on Tam's west slopes
Easy
2.0 mi/
3.2 km
Steep Ravine via Matt Davis, Mt Tamalpais
Get an early start to enjoy one of Mt Tamalpais' most loved and most distinctive trails.
Moderate
6.5 mi/
10.5 km
Moderate
16.3 mi/
26 km
Stinson Beach to Mt. Tamalpais
A great day (or overnight) hike from the beach to the top of Mount Tamalpais where you can see the entire bay area.
Difficult
17.3 mi/
28 km
n/a
1.2 mi/
1.9 km

San Francisco

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Crissy Field Exploration
Crissy Field's 100 acres of wild, windswept shoreline are a favorite place for recreation and enjoying wildlife.
Easy
1.3 mi/
2.1 km
Golden Gate Bridge Walk
Walk across one of the most beautiful bridges in the world with great views of San Francisco in the distance
Easy
3.6 mi/
5.8 km

Muir Woods National Monument

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Dipsea Trail-Steep Ravine Loop
A nice loop in Mount Tamalpais State Park
Moderate
3.8 mi/
6.1 km
Muir Woods and Tourist Club Loop
Backdoor entry to Muir Woods on an uncrowded trail where you can enjoy scenery (and a bar!) most visitors never see.
Moderate
4.5 mi/
7.2 km
Muir Woods National Monument Exploration
You may not think of salmon when visiting the redwoods in Muir Woods, but it's home to a population of Coho Salmon.
Moderate
6.0 mi/
9.7 km
Coast View Trail Loop, Mt Tamalpais State Park
Perfect Mt. Tamalpais coastal scenery, Muir Wood redwoods and a chance to quench your thirst at an old British pub.
Moderate
8.5 mi/
13.7 km
Muir Woods via the Bootjack Trail
Beat the crowds by walking to famed Muir Woods. 6-mile moderate hike.
Moderate
8.9 mi/
14.3 km
West Point Inn, Mt. Tamalpais SP
Explore the remnants of a bygone era on the slopes of Mt Tamalpais.
Moderate
9.0 mi/
14.5 km
Mount Tamalpais
Deep woods and towering vistas await at Marin County's most famous peak
n/a
Guides
Steep Ravine via Matt Davis, Mt Tamalpais
Steep Ravine via Matt Davis, Mt Tamalpais
Stinson Beach, California, United States
 
Moderate: 6.5 miles, Half day
Get an early start to enjoy one of Mt Tamalpais' most loved and most distinctive trails.
Muir Woods and Tourist Club Loop
Muir Woods and Tourist Club Loop
Mill Valley, California, United States
 
Moderate: 4.5 miles, Half day
Backdoor entry to Muir Woods on an uncrowded trail where you can enjoy scenery (and a bar!) most visitors never see.
Golden Gate Bridge Walk
Golden Gate Bridge Walk
San Francisco, California, United States
 
Easy: 3.6 miles, 1-3 hours
Walk across one of the most beautiful bridges in the world with great views of San Francisco in the distance
Muir Woods via the Bootjack Trail
Muir Woods via the Bootjack Trail
Mill Valley, California, United States
 
Moderate: 8.9 miles, 1-3 hours
Beat the crowds by walking to famed Muir Woods. 6-mile moderate hike.
Stinson Beach to Mt. Tamalpais
Stinson Beach to Mt. Tamalpais
Stinson Beach, California, United States
 
Difficult: 17.3 miles, Full day
A great day (or overnight) hike from the beach to the top of Mount Tamalpais where you can see the entire bay area.
Trailspotting Mt. Tamalpais
Trailspotting Mt. Tamalpais
Mill Valley, California, United States
 
Five selected hikes in the coastal wilderness of "Mt Tam", just a stone's throw from the bustle of San Francisco.
Verna Dunshee Loop Trail around Mt Tamalpais East Peak
Verna Dunshee Loop Trail around Mt Tamalpais East Peak
Marin, California, United States
 
Easy: 0.7 miles, 1 hour or less
Experience some of the best views in the Bay Area along this flat, paved trail. A great hike for young kids.
Mountain Theater and the Southwest Slope of Mount Tamalpais
Mountain Theater and the Southwest Slope of Mount Tamalpais
Mount Tamalpais State Park, California, United States
 
Easy: 2.0 miles, 1-3 hours
The amazing theater and an afternoon hike on Tam's west slopes
Mount Tam - Southeast Trail
Mount Tam - Southeast Trail
Mill Valley, California, United States
 
Moderate: 5.1 miles, 1-3 hours
Trail from Summit Ave to East Peak.
Marin Headlands
Marin Headlands
Mill Valley, California, United States
 
Headlands host beauty and history of San Francisco Bay Area
Dipsea Trail-Steep Ravine Loop
Dipsea Trail-Steep Ravine Loop
Mount Tamalpais State Park, California, United States
 
Moderate: 3.8 miles, 1-3 hours
A nice loop in Mount Tamalpais State Park
Mount Tamalpais
Mount Tamalpais
Mill Valley, California, United States
 
Deep woods and towering vistas await at Marin County's most famous peak
Community Trips
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Marin Headlands: Miwok Trail to Bonita Point
by stevelabo on May 11, 2009
Sausalito, California, United States
7.8 miles
Spectacular scenery, amazing temperature changes, panoramic views of both Mount Tamalpaias and San Francisco on this short, refreshing hike. Point Bonita is rich in nautical history dating back to late 1700s and much of the other infrastructure dates back to 1902 with the consturction of the first US military installations. Today, the military property is decommissioned and most of the buildings in the area are used for recreational purposes. Besides the visitor\'s...
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Stinson Beach to Mount Tamalpais Summit... and back
by Vaudesir on Mar 21, 2010
Stinson Beach, California, United States
15.2 miles
I've been meaning to do this hike for quite some time. In addition to everything nice about it (the flowers, the views, the climb, the length, the company), it just seemed meaningful.Since several of us were considering that hike, it was just a matter of picking a date. Barbara and Pavla called it, and there we went.We started on the Stinson Beach parking lot shortly after 9:30 and took Dipsea trail to...
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Skipped work, hiked Mt. Tam instead
by not2b on Mar 04, 2010
Stinson Beach, California, United States
8.2 miles
I've taken so little vacation recently that I'm not allowed to accumulate any more, so I decided to take a day off work and go hiking at Mt. Tamilpais. This is one of the most scenic and beautiful hikes you can do in the Bay Area. I took the Matt Davis trail from the Pan Toll ranger station down to Stinson Beach, and climbed back up via the Dipsea and Steep Ravine...
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Bay Area Ridge Trail: Marin Headlands to Shoreline Highway
by antonyw on Dec 29, 2009
Sausalito, California, United States
8.3 miles
This is a great hike across the headlands with expansive views of the Golden Gate,  the Marin Headlands, the North Bay and Pacific.  You gain a lot of elevation but for some reason (maybe temps in the 40s/50s?) it doesn't feel like half of what the DEM data says.Sammydee and I dropped a car up on Hwy 1 and shuttled back to parking at the NW parking lot near the northern end...
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Backpacking from Stinson Beach to Mt. Tamalpais
by chris on Mar 28, 2010
Stinson Beach, California, United States
17.3 miles
Inspired by the homebrew crew (Sounds like a good EveryTrail group name...) trip last weekend, David and I decided (last minute) to sneak in a hiking trip--wait, no--a BACKPACKING trip (which basically ended up with us carrying packs much heavier than we needed).  We finally got all of our stuff together around 6pm in San Francisco and drove across the Golden Gate Bridge towards Mt. Tam.  We were trying to decide if...
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Dipsea Trail
by HikeNBike on May 07, 2007
Stinson Beach, California, United States
7.8 miles
A hike from Stinson Beach to Pan Toll Ranger station via Dipsea trail
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Mount Tamalpais Summit
by Achaetes on Apr 22, 2012
Mill Valley, California, United States
5.9 miles
A nice hike to the summit of Mount Tamalpais from the parking area across from Mountain Home Inn (801 Panaromic Highway, Mill Valley).  We basically followed Vaudesir's "Swimming to the top of Mount Tamalpais" route, but excluded the small hairpin loop they did near the beginning on the lower part of Hoo Koo E Koo Trail. We got to the parking area around 10AM and just missed the last open space.  So we...
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Paradise loop, San Francisco - Golden Gate - Tiburon
by xanterts on May 16, 2004
San Franscisco, California, United States
36 miles
The classic Paradise loop from San Francisco to Tiburon, crossing the Golden Gate.
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Golden Gate National Recreation Area Bike Ride
by justbob on Nov 21, 2008
Sausalito, California, United States
19.3 miles
Today I met my friends Alan and Tony for a casual bike ride over the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County. We headed up the Headlands and rode the legal fire road trails. This is a good ride for riders who are not into technical riding, but are relatively fit and want nice views. The day we rode was a spectacular cool fall day. Clear skies and not much wind. I wore...
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Muir Woods to Stinson Beach
by jwania on May 29, 2010
Tamalpais Valley, California, United States
12.3 miles
Muir Woods to Stinson BeachDispea Trail.Stinson Beach to Muir WoodsMatt Davis Trail from Stinson Beach to Pan Toll Ranger Station.Bootjack Trail from Pan Toll to Muir Woods.

Reviews
MacLeanPLUS1
Good time, ride the bikes
(Link: http://www.goldengateparkbikerental.com/ )
across the Golden Gate Bridge to Saulsalito. When you get there, eat at the world famous sushi restaurant - Sushi Ran (Link: http://sushiran.com/ ), then ride the ferry back to San Francisco. Stay at 'The Mosser Hotel' around the financial district.
(Link: http://www.themosser.com/ )

If you do that make sure that you leave earlier in the day like around noon, you don't want to miss the last ferry back to San Francisco. We had to ride back on the bikes at night, that was sketchy. We took a taxi ($25 to take us around 2 miles up to the golden gate bridge from saulsalito) to the bridge since it is so steep.

Visited on Mar 16, 2013

by MacLeanPLUS1 on Apr 25, 2013
tessa.nicholls
I love my city. I am 5th generation San Francisco and I can not imagine living anywhere else. It is eclectic, vibrant, quirky and diverse. There is a tremendous amount to see and do here, each neighborhood with its' own distinct personality. The restaurants, architecture, ocean, museums & entertainment are all top notch.
Visited on Sep 01, 2011

by tessa.nicholls on Sep 02, 2011
Achaetes
The hike we did near here was around Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods. It was foggy most of the time on the day we went, but even that added beauty to the woods with the tall trees. Our original plan was to hike to Trailspotting's Everytrail Guide "Muir Woods and Tourist Club Loop", but we took a wrong turn and ended up making our own trip. Even though it was not the exact hike we planned, it was a great hike.
Visited on Aug 27, 2011

by Achaetes on Dec 26, 2011
JimCheney
Nice variety of things to do. Kids (and adults) love seeing the restored Nike Missle site at Ft. Crokett
Visited on Jul 15, 2011

by JimCheney on Oct 12, 2011
Nyloncoretransmissionbelting
Golden Gate National Recreation Area is awesome
Visited on Jul 03, 2011

by Nyloncoretransmissionbelting on Mar 27, 2014
fitnessequipments
the station and people are awful
Visited on May 04, 2010

by fitnessequipments on May 20, 2014
Nylonsandwichbelts
had great fun here+++++
Visited on Apr 04, 2009

by Nylonsandwichbelts on Mar 27, 2014
multigymequip
had great live with all my friends
Visited on May 06, 2008

by multigymequip on May 20, 2014
gymequipment
wonderful place wonderful people
Visited on May 06, 2006

by gymequipment on May 20, 2014
nakulssood
Absolutely awesome experience. Went with family. Had a load of fun

by nakulssood on Jul 14, 2013

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Muir Woods, paradise loop, ******, Mt Tam, Mill Valley, dipsea, Golden Gate Bridge, marin, ymca, Hiking, YWalk, Mount Tamalpais, Stinson Beach, SF, marin headlands, steep ravine, san francisco, Presidio, Mt. Tam, Mt Tamalpais

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