"The trail at Lands End combines easy hiking with great views of the Golden Gate and the Marin Headlands. Adolph Sutro, wealthy philanthropist and onetime mayor of San Francisco, left his mark on Lands End in powerful ways. His works are most evident in the ruins at Sutro Baths and Sutro Heights, but the Coastal Trail at Lands End is also part of his legacy. The path follows the bed of the Cliff House & Ferries Railway, a steam-powered railroad that Sutro built to bring residents from downtown San Francisco out to his spectacular enterprises at Lands End. Landslides forced the railroad to shut down in the mid-1920s, after about 40 years of service, but both the GGNRA and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, an organization that facilitates the transformation of former railroad lines into trails, recognized its recreational value. The railbed is now a portion of the Coastal Trail, which stretches for 9.1 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge south to Fort Funston. With its stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the cliffs of the Marin Headlands, and its relatively wild feel, the inspiration for Sutro’s love affair with Lands End quickly becomes clear to anyone on the Lands End trail."