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5 Unique Trails Found in San Francisco

San Francisco has many historical parks, cool stairways, and unique destinations. In this post, you’ll learn about 5 Unique Trails Found in San Francisco. This city has a lot of history, and many of these hiking locations are very different from other trails you find throughout the Bay Area.

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Angel Island State Park in San Francisco

5 Unique Locations to see in San Francisco

Do you like to explore unique places? These hiking destinations provide outstanding views of San Francisco and are great for all skill levels because they are short and easy. Here are 5 Unique Trails Found in San Francisco.

Unique Hiking Trails Located in SF:

1. Mt. Davidson Cross

The hike to Mt. Davidson is an easy 1.0-mile loop trail with some incline. The cross is there to remember the 1,500,000 victims of the Armenian Genocide. There is free street parking, and dogs are welcome on a leash.

The top of Mt. Davidson Cross in San Francisco

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2. Lands End Trail

Lands End Trail is a moderate 3.4-mile loop. The trail at Lands End is a walk through cypress trees with coast views. You can see the Golden Gate Bridge at Lands End Point and a small lighthouse at Mile Rock Beach. The trail is primarily flat, but there are areas that have several stairs. Dogs are welcome.

Golden Gate Bridge from Lands End Trail

3. Point Bonita Lighthouse

Point Bonita Lighthouse is a 1.0-mile out-and-back trail, and it is located at the Marin Headlands. The lighthouse sits 300 feet above the water, and crossing the bridge can be steep and shaky. Important: the tunnel to access this lighthouse closes at 3:30 p.m., so arrive before then to ensure you get through to the lighthouse. Dogs aren’t permitted.

Point Bonita Lighthouse Bridge Crossing

4. The Presidio National Park

The Presidio was a former U.S. Army post converted into a national park. There is a lot to see here and 24 miles of hiking trails. The Presidio is divided into four sections: The Main Post, Southern Wilds, Crissy Field, and Golden Gate. Here at three locations, I suggest visiting if you plan a trip to Southern Wilds.

Golden Gate Bridge at the Presidio

National Cemetery Overlook

The National Cemetery Overlook is the oldest national cemetery on the West Coast and the resting place of many Medal of Honor awardees. It’s a 15-minute walk through the Bay Area Ridge Trail where you get views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the cemetery.

The Presidio National Park in San Francisco

Andy Goldsworthy’s Wood Line

This wood line is near the Lovers’ Lane Trail. Artist Andy Goldsworthy created it. Eucalyptus trees surround this location, and the sculpture is made from eucalyptus branches that are 1,200 feet in length.

The Presidio National Park in San Francisco

Andy Goldsworthy’s Spire

When hiking on the Bay Ridge Trail, you will come across this 100-foot-tall spire made from 37 Monterey cypress trunks. Nearby, you can also explore Inspiration Point Overlook – nine overlooks in the Presidio. Andy Goldsworthy has other art displayed that extends as a 3-mile loop.

Inspiration Point at the Presidio National Park in San Francisco

5. Angel Island State Park

Angel Island is in the middle of San Francisco. To get to the island, there are two ferry locations to depart from; one is from Tiburon, and the other is from Pier 41 in San Francisco. You can purchase tickets in advance – Angel Island Tiburon Ferry and Golden Gate Ferry.

Angel Island State Park Ferry Location

Other Things To Do On The Island

Once you’re on the island, you can check out a cafe or rent a bicycle. You can visit the historic buildings throughout the area or hike Mt. Livermore. There is also an option to camp or take a tram around the island.

Angel Island State Park once you are off the ferry on the island

Hiking to Mt. Livermore

The hike to Mt. Livermore is 5 miles out and back. Take the Sunset Trail to see the entire trail; this trek is easy with an incline near the top, and for a shorter 4-mile hike, take the North Ridge Trail. Once you reach Mt. Livermore, you’ll stand at 788 feet and get 360-degree views. Please know in advance that you may not get to see any views due to heavily dense fog.

Angel Island State Park hike to Mt. Livermore

Your Thoughts: What is your favorite trail in San Francisco?

This post was about 5 Unique Trails Found in San Francisco. Have you hiked any of these locations in San Francisco before? Share a comment below and let me know your favorite hiking trail in SF.

For other hiking trail destinations. [Read: 13 Enjoyable Hiking Trails in the Bay Area].

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