Lands End

San Francisco, California 94102

Lands End

Lands End Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This is an easy and popular scenic coastal hike enjoyed by locals and tourists south of the Golden Gate Bridge. The hike is short and mostly shady and, on a sunny day, rewards with a stunning view of the Golden Gate Bridge from Eagles Point. Lands End is the link between San Francisco’s urban heart and its naturally wild soul.

The wooded trail of salt-tolerant vegetation passes scenic overlooks that highlight points of historic significance as well as natural landmarks. Whether you are hiking to the sound of the foghorn calling through the mist that gives the trail its air of mystery or on a sunny day when the Golden Gate shines like a rainbow bridging the headlands, this is a special taste of San Francisco’s urban wilderness."

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Coastal Trails of Northern California (Falcon Guides)
Linda and David Mullally
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"This scenic, popular trail to Eagles Point, part of the California Coastal Trail along the historic Cliff House Railway route, is both the land’s end and the gateway to San Francisco Bay. This hike is a showcase of shady cypress groves, rocky beaches, panoramic viewpoints, and interpretive panels about San Francisco Bay’s natural and cultural history. Easy access from the city and nearby residential neighborhoods, its proximity to the historic Cliff House, ample parking, and well-developed facilities at the Lands End View of Marin Headlands and Golden Gate Bridge Lookout Visitor Center make this trail a very popular family outing with locals and tourists. But somehow, even on a busy weekend, this rugged stretch of coastline with inspiring views up the headlands to the north remains an enchanting place with a sense of wildness."
Walking San Francisco (Falcon Guides)
Liz Gans & Rick Newby, revised by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré
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"On a clear day this walk is sensational. Views from the Coastal Trail open across the Pacific all the way to the Farallon Islands and beyond, across the strait to the Marin Headlands and north to Point Reyes, and east to the Golden Gate Bridge. The loop also encompasses a magnificent museum, a chance to walk a labyrinth, a tour of the ruins of the historic Sutro Baths, and one of San Francisco’s best-kept secrets, Sutro Heights Park. It’s not an easy route, with several long staircases leading to and from the sights, but adding a workout to a walk is not a bad thing."
Stairway Walks in San Francisco (Wilderness Press)
Adah Bakalinsky with Mary Burk
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"Each visit to Lands End seems to improve upon the next because the area is still actively being restored. Thanks to the now-defunct Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, donations totaling $9 million were made to this restoration project, making the fund its lead supporter. The work of the restoration project has brought us graceful paved footpaths, new views of the Bay, comfortable redwood stairways, and attractively designed direction signs. We have the opportunity to awaken our senses and take in the colors and sounds of a wilderness area briskly surrounded by wind, ocean, and the Bay, and yet we are within the city."
Urban Trails San Francisco (The Mountaineers Books)
Alexandra Kenin
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"During the gold rush era, Lands End was a getaway for San Franciscans intrepid enough to endure a buggy ride over miles of sand dunes. Then, in the 1880s, mining magnate Adolph Sutro and others invested in a railway line—built by his cousin Gustav—that extended out to the ocean. In 1887 the Sutros sold the line to the Powell Street Railroad, and in 1888 the Ferries and Cliff House Railway opened."
Best Hikes with Kids: San Francisco Bay Area (The Mountaineers Books)
Laure Latham
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"Historic baths, windswept vistas, shipwrecks, and cypress groves"
Best Rail Trails California (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourre
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"Riding high on the cliffs overlooking the mouth of San Francisco Bay, the Lands End Trail offers unbeatable views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the most famous landmark of the city by the bay. Surface: Dirt."
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: San Francisco (Menasha Ridge Press)
Jane Huber
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"Lands End is a rugged bit of coastline in the northwest corner of San Francisco, around the bend from the historic Cliff House and the flat expanse of Ocean Beach. Locals come here to jog or walk the trails, while tourists enjoy the views of the Golden Gate Bridge."

Lands End Trip Reports

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Nice easy walk. The views were limited by fog, but the fog added a charm of it's own with the bay foghorns as a soundtrack.Trail directions were a bit vague where the track supposedly loops back on itself to bring you out near the Museum but it was easy to work it out. Saw eagles, dolphins and seals.
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wow. just breathtaking. not too hard an the scenary can't be beat.

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Trail Information

San Francisco
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
155 feet
Trailhead Elevation
292 feet
Top Elevation
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fort Mason Bldg. 201, San Francisco, 94123; (415)561-4700; Lands End Lookout, (415)426-5240.
Local Contacts
USGS Point Bonita, San Francisco North; Golden Gate National Recreation Area; Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Local Maps