Coastal Trail

Lands End Park, California

Elevation Gain603ft
Trailhead Elevation31ft
Elevation Min/Max16/287ft
Elevation Start/End31/31ft

Coastal Trail

Coastal Trail is a hiking and biking trail in San Francisco, California. It is within Presidio and Lands End Park. It is 3.2 miles long and begins at 31 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 603 feet. Eagles Point Overlook and other viewpoints are near the trailhead. Overflow Parking and another parking, the Battery Dynamite and Battery Saffold ruin, and Golden Gate Overlook, Pacific Overlook, and another viewpoint can be seen along the trail. There are also a wood, parkings, bicycle parkings, coastlines, restroom, drinking water, and a bbq along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Batteries to Bluffs Trail.

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Hiking Through History San Francisco Bay Area (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourré
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"The trails at Lands End knit natural beauty with San Francisco history perfectly, melding evocative vistas of the Golden Gate and the Pacific with rambles through the ruins of Sutro Baths and Adolph Sutro’s end-of-the-continent estate. The appeal of Lands End never ebbs: the bloom of a wild iris amid the coastal scrub, sunset on the labyrinth on Eagle Point, a fl eeting glimpse of a shipwreck on the rocks just off shore, watching the fog roll back through the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge. Add the historic sites passed along the way—Sutro Baths near the trailhead, Sutro Heights Park, the Mile Rock beacon, and, just off the route, the Palace of the Legion of Honor, the Cliff House, and the USS San Francisco Memorial—it’s historic hike perfection." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco Peninsula (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourre
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"The Coastal Trail at Lands End unfurls along the northwest edge of San Francisco, within sight of the Golden Gate Bridge and the narrow strait that separates Point Lobos from the steep folds of the Marin Headlands. The Lands End trail follows the route of the Cliff House and Ferries Railway, which at the turn of the twentieth century transported visitors to resort attractions built on Point Lobos by self-made millionaire and one-time San Francisco mayor Adolph Sutro. The former railroad grade supports an impressively scenic trail with unparalleled views of the Golden Gate Bridge, maritime traffic in the strait, and the undulations of the Marin Headlands." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco Peninsula (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourre
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"The hulking remnants of obsolete military batteries challenge spectacular views, a popular beach, and the Golden Gate Bridge for dominance along this stretch of the Coastal Trail. Generations of coastal defenses line the Coastal Trail between Baker Beach and the Golden Gate. From forts that date back to the Civil War to Nike missile sites, San Francisco’s seacoast has seen one style of defense give way to the next over hundreds of years as the art of war evolved. The batteries along this portion of the Coastal Trail generally predate the great wars of the twentieth century. The brick- and earthworks of Batteries East and West were erected just after the Civil War." Read more

Coastal Trail Reviews

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Outstanding trail. Exceptionally scenic. A few minor rolling hills, but basically flat. A bit crowded, but understandable for such a popular trail. Worth doing over and over!

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Trail Information

Lands End Park
Nearby City
Lands End Park
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fort Mason, Building 201, San Francisco, CA 94123-0022; (415) 561-4700; Lands End Lookout visitor center, 680 Point Lobos Ave.; (415) 426-5240
Local Contacts
USGS Point Bonita and San Francisco North; GGNRA brochure and map available in park visitor centers and online at
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Dec 2018