Lands End

San Francisco, California

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San Francisco is oriented toward its bay, but to overlook the coastal trails that run along the cliffs at the city’s western edge is to miss out on some very striking natural scenery. Trails, some of them slim and rocky footpaths, crook down to secluded beaches and back up to landmark buildings such as the Cliff House and the Palace of the Legion of Honor. The area’s intriguing history manifests itself in captivating ways. The washed-out remnants of Sutro Baths are a modern ruin looking much like the leavings of a long-gone civilization. Be aware that nudity is tolerated on some of the beaches, so the natural scenery you encounter along the more secluded trails may include humans in their birthday suits. Take this walk on a cold day if you want to avoid such surprises.

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"San Francisco is oriented toward its bay, but to overlook the coastal trails that run along the cliffs at the city’s western edge is to miss out on some very striking natural scenery. Trails, some of them slim and rocky footpaths, crook down to secluded beaches and back up to landmark buildings such as the Cliff House and the Palace of the Legion of Honor. The area’s intriguing history manifests itself in captivating ways. The washed-out remnants of Sutro Baths are a modern ruin looking much like the leavings of a long-gone civilization. Be aware that nudity is tolerated on some of the beaches, so the natural scenery you encounter along the more secluded trails may include humans in their birthday suits. Take this walk on a cold day if you want to avoid such surprises."

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: San Francisco
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: Year-round

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