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Golden Gate National Recreation Area: Sweeney Ridge to Milagra Ridge :: Pacifica, CA

A trek along this 1000-acre ridgetop visits the San Francisco Bay Discovery Site, unique coastal plant communities, and the Skyline College campus and offers sweeping views of the coast and mountains. The long, rounded Sweeney Ridge, separating north

Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Samuel P. Taylor State Park :: Fairfax, CA

From the heights of Bolinas Ridge you’ll have magnificent views of the sparkling ocean, tree-covered ridges, deep canyons, oak-dotted hills, and distant peaks. You’ll also glimpse Marin County history as you pass trails named for early landholders an

Mount Tamalpais State Park and Golden Gate National Recreation Area :: Mill Valley, CA

High on the slopes of Mt. Tamalpais and along Bolinas Ridge, this route takes full advantage of the mountain’s challenging trails, breathtaking views, forested glades, and flowery slopes. Coastal fog often obscures vistas in the morning and late afte

Golden Gate National Recreation Area: San Francisco's Land's End :: San Francisco, CA

A popular family and tourist trail, this wide and pleasant dirt path follows the cliffs above the bay. It occasionally heads inland through scrub and eucalyptus trees, then works its way back to stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Enjoy gre

Bay Vistas and Hawks That Ride the Wind: Golden Gate National Recreation Area :: Sausalito, CA

Soaring and gliding on powerful wings, thousands of birds of prey pass over the highest point in the Marin Headlands each fall, a spectacular sight in an incredible setting. After you watch their aerial acrobatics, visit the lagoon, walk to the light

Sonoma-Mendocino Coast Scenic Drive: Marin City to US101 :: Gualala, CA

This 209-mile-long drive borders the Pacific coast north of San Francisco. The highway passes historic sites, redwood forests, abrupt headlands, sandy beaches, windswept coves, and numerous recreation areas. This scenic drive follows Highway 1 up Cal

Peak to Peak Scenic & Historic Byway: Central City to Estes Park :: Ward, CO

This 63-mile-long drive parallels the forested east flank of the Front Range between Central City and Estes Park. The Peak to Peak Highway, a designated National Forest Scenic Byway, unfurls for sixty-three miles between Clear Creek Canyon and Estes

Paramount To Malibu Creek: Parklink Trails :: Cornell, CA

If there’s anything I love as much as a loop trail, it’s a one-way hike. When my time is limited and there’s much to see in a particular area, I jump at the chance of taking a one-way hike. So I was delighted to learn about the Park-Link Shuttle, a b

Points of Interest in San Francisco and Points South :: San Francisco, CA

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) on the San Francisco peninsula extends east from the Presidio to Fort Mason and the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, west to Lands End, site of the Cliff House and Fort Miley, north to

Presidio :: San Francisco, CA

The Presidio for many years was one of the major U.S. Army posts on the West Coast. In 1995 almost all of it was turned over to the National Park Service, to be administered as a part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. NOTE: As is always the ca

San Francisco Waterfront and the Presidio :: San Francisco, CA

In 1776,about the time that the Declaration of Independence was being prepared and presented to the world a continent away in Philadelphia, the Spanish were making their presence felt in what is today San Francisco. Soldiers and missionaries arrived

Golden Gate Bridge to Marin Headlands Visitor Center :: Sausalito, CA

This hardy hike spends more time hemmed in by coastal chaparral than the headlands’ surf-battered shores. But the highlights that make this a standout hike include historic battery sites with unique vantage points to appreciate the iconic Golden Gate

Fort Funston :: San Francisco, CA

There are three good reasons to hike the trail on the former military complex at the southwestern corner of San Francisco, now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The coastal views north across to the Marin Headlands are stunning. The t

Marina Green :: San Francisco, CA

Sailboats setting off for a jaunt around the bay, kites darting to and fro, joggers setting a brisk pace, a sea breeze caressing your face: This bayside ramble along the Marina Green makes the most of San Francisco’s fabulous bayfront. The walk begi

Marin Headlands :: Mill Valley, CA

Among units in the National Park system, Golden Gate National Recreation Area is exceeded only by the Blue Ridge Parkway in numbers of visitors per year (1990 figures: Blue Ridge, 17 million; Golden Gate, 15 million). The view of San Francisco and th

Fort Winfield Scott - The Presidio Stairway Walks :: San Francisco, CA

We are fortunate, living in San Francisco, to enjoy within the City boundaries a legacy of 1,490 acres of open space, which was home to the Native American Ohlone tribelet as far back as 3,000 years ago. Subsequently, the area became a Spanish milita

Fort Winfield Scott in the Presidio :: Golden Gate, CA

We are fortunate, living in San Francisco, to enjoy within the city boundaries a legacy of 1,490 acres of open space, which was home to the Native American Ohlone tribe as far back as 3,000 years ago. Subsequently, the area became a Spanish military

Sunset Trail at Fort Funston :: San Francisco, CA

Sights on the ground and in the sky enliven the Sunset Trail, which leads hikers to historic Battery Davis and overlooks Ocean Beach. The fort is a favorite of hang gliders and dog lovers as well as hikers. Fort Funston hunkers in the windswept dunes

Sweeney Ridge Trail :: Pacifica, CA

The Sweeney Ridge addition to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area takes in the high ridge just north of Montara Mountain. Its grassy hilltop commands sweeping views of ocean and Bay. From this site Gaspar de Portolá’s scouts first saw the expans

Fort Funston to Stern Grove :: Daly City, CA

Watch hang gliders soar on ocean breezes at the launching site in Fort Funston and take in sweeping vistas from a former military observation point. Begin this diverse San Francisco stroll on foggy, bluff-top dunes at a defunct military site, now par

Pacifica State Beach to Pier :: Pacifica, CA

This trail is a significant link in the California Coastal Trail. It has the distinction of passing through Mori Point, one of the more recent additions to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The hike is a cornucopia of vast views and a s

Fort Funston Sunset Trail :: San Francisco, CA

If they built an amusement park just for dogs, it would look like Fort Funston. I mean, this Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) park puts the fun in Funston. Dog owners are actually encouraged to take their dogs off leash for frolicking wit

Bolinas Ridge Trail :: Olema, CA

This hike takes you up gently rolling open terrain along a dirt ranch road where cattle graze unfazed by dogs or bikes. Seeing the endless undulation of rich green pastures interrupted by oak groves surrounded by pristine views, you’ll quickly unders

San Bruno State Park: Summit Loop Trail :: Brisbane, CA

Though the sounds of the freeway and urban white noise are unavoidable on the lower trails of San Bruno Mountain, a hike up the mountain makes for an enjoyable visit with local flora and stunning vistas. The mountain’s ridgeline runs in an east– west

Sweeney Ridge: The Portolá Discovery Site :: San Francisco, CA

This small open space area on scrub-covered moors is for locals an oasis in an urban desert that includes the San Francisco International Airport and the busy freeway corridors. Protected as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in 1984, t

San Bruno Mountain State Park: Summit Loop Trail :: Daly City, CA

San Bruno Mountain doesn’t look like much at first glance, with cars on the Guadalupe Parkway speeding past. But though the sounds of urban white noise are unavoidable on the lower trails, this can be a highly enjoyable hike with incredible detail an

Sweeney Ridge: San Francisco Bay Discovery Site :: San Bruno, CA

This open space area on scrub-covered moors is a small oasis in an urban desert, which includes the San Francisco International Airport and the busy I-280/US 101 corridors. This is where Captain Gaspar de Portolá stood and saw the San Francisco Bay f

Fort Funston & Daly City - San Mateo Beaches and Coastal Trail :: Daly City, CA

Thornton Beach, slated to become part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, is a remnant of a once-popular state beach. There is no official access from the former park’s entrance off Skyline Boulevard in Daly City, but limited access is avai

Phleger Estate Trails. :: Half Moon Bay, CA

These 1232 acres of redwood and oak/madrone forest lie on the east side of the Skyline ridge immediately north of San Mateo County’s Huddart Park. Situated at the southern end of the San Francisco Watershed, over which the Golden Gate National Recre

Tennessee Valley and Muir Beach :: Mill Valley, CA

Just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco lies the Marin Headlands, a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The many trails and fire roads in the headlands have long been popular with cyclists, hikers and equestrians. Staring

Marin Headlands :: San Francisco, CA

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area includes what is more commonly known as the Marin Headlands. The hills of the headlands, easily seen on the west side of Highway 101 across the bridge from the city, are home not only to the decaying battlemen

Wildcat Canyon Regional Park: San Pablo Ridge Trail :: Richmond, CA

This loop takes you from the lowlands of Wildcat Creek to the high, open slopes of San Pablo Ridge, using the Wildcat Creek, Havey Canyon, San Pablo Ridge, and Belgum trails, and Nimitz Way. You are rewarded for your efforts by some of the best views

Milagra Ridge Trail :: Daly City, CA

Several years after World War II, the Army closed this hilltop site, a former Nike installation. They temporarily placed it under the wing of the San Mateo County Parks. When the Golden Gate National Recreation Area took over the land, they began a c

Lobos Creek Boardwalk :: San Francisco, CA

Check out a restored coastal dune habitat—which once dominated San Francisco’s headlands—along the short, interpretive trail that follows Lobos Creek. Lobos Creek nourishes a unique habitat, a variety of rare and endangered plant species, and the spi

Naples Area :: Naples, FL

Naples is a wealthy enclave of condominium towers and sprawling golf developments that cater to upscale grandparents. It dates to the 1890s and is named for the Italian bayside city. Expect to find art galleries, posh shops, and lots of dining option

Stinson Beach to Bolinas Lagoon :: Stinson Beach, CA

This is one of the most picturesque coastal hikes you can enjoy with or without a canine companion in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The little funky hamlet of Stinson Beach feels like it’s been plunked on this isolated and dreamy stretch

San Francisco Bay Area Campgrounds :: San Francisco, CA

Ocean access, marvelous views, and temperate weather—these define the San Francisco Bay Area. Add the human contributions—the Golden Gate Bridge, Chinatown, cable cars, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Embarcadero, and much more— and you have what makes San Fr

Mount Tammany :: Jacksonburg, NJ

The Kittatinny Ridge (meaning “Endless Mountain” in the Lenape Native American language) comes to an abrupt, spectacular end at Mount Tammany. The 1,527-foot ridge plunges 1,200 feet into the Delaware Water Gap. This river gorge, one of New Jersey’s

Pacifica: Sweeney Ridge Loop Trail :: Pacifica, CA

Rewheeling the steps of 18th-century Spanish explorer Gaspar de Portolá, this ride takes you up the steep Mori Ridge Trail, first to a very 20th-century abandoned missile site and then on to where Portolá and his men first sighted San Francisco Bay.