Coastal Trail

Lands End Park, California

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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.
Distance: mi Elevation: ft
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.
Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Lands End Park
Distance: 3.2
Elevation Gain: 603 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 31 feet
Top Elevation: 287 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Coastal Trail
Parks: Lands End Park
Elevation Min/Max: 16/287 ft
Elevation Start/End: 31/31 ft

Coastal Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

"Consider this a battery tour—the trail links fortifications from Battery Chamberlin at Baker Beach to Battery East inside the Golden Gate. The batteries along this stretch of the Coastal Trail generally predate the great wars of the twentieth century. The brick-work and earthworks of Batteries East and West were erected just after the Civil War in response to advances in technology that rendered earlier fortifications, like those at Fort Point, obsolete. These batteries, in turn, were outdated by the end of the nineteenth century, and more “modern” fortifications, including Batteries Crosby, Boutelle, and Cranston, were erected along the coastal bluffs."

Recent Trail Reviews

8/21/2006
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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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May 2018