Lands End is the wildest, rockiest corner of San Francisco, a corner strewn with shipwrecks and a history of landslides. At the tip of Lands End is Point Lobos, named by the Spanish for its many lobos marinos (sea wolves); the barks of those sea lions, as they are called today, drifted up from the rocks below. The sea lions have since relocated to the calmer waters of San Francisco Bay. Trails at Lands End offer a cliff-top walk through dark cypress and open grass and 30-mile views up and down the California coast.
The craggy headlands that border the Golden Gate have always challenged developers. The rocky exposed bluffs, often windswept and cloaked in fog, have hampered attempts to tame this corner of San Francisco. Despite the terrain, this section of the Coastal Trail was once a railroad bed, and the adjacent street, El Camino del Mark, once extended through Lands End. The two roads led to the Cliff House, Sutro Baths and Ocean Beach. Landslides eventually closed both routes.
This is a GREAT little walk in San Francisco if you are looking for a nice escape from the city.
The Palace of the Legion of Honor is a great museum if you have a couple of extra hours to spare
There are several nice stops along the path where you can stop to have a snack or picnic while enjoying the great view.
Picnic tables, grills and a restroom are available at West Fort Miley. Park at the West Fort Miley parking lot, walk a short way back along El Camino del Mar (near the entrance to the parking lot) and take the first paved road uphill to the left.
Bicycles are permitted on most trails at Lands End. Bikes are not permitted on open terrain of the Coastal Trail between Pointed Rock access road and Eagles' point; Coastal Trail bikers can bypass that gap by using El Camino del Mar. Check the maps posted here and at trailheads throughout the park for current access information.
Dogs are permitted on designated trails at Lands End and beach areas. Check the map above for access information. Current dog walking information is also available on the park's website, www.nps.gov/goga/planyourvisit/pets.htm, and by telephone at 415-561-4732.
Lands End is a great place to spot birds--more than 250 species, including Brandt's cormorants, brown pelicans, Heermann's gulls, red-winged blackbirds, Anna's hummingbirds and chestnut-backed chickadees. Turn your sights to the surf and you might see dolphins, seals, sea lions or a migrating whale.