Are you looking for a place for a quick run, a place for an outdoor date, a place to have a picnic, or a place with a perfect view of the Golden Gate Bridge? Look no further, Lands End is ideal for all of these.
The Coastal Trail at Lands End is a gorgeous spot for walking, it’s like a Hidden Gem and most of the visitors to the city don’t know it’s there.
As you start your journey on this coastal trail, there are benches only in the beginning. This Trail is full of winding turns and has spectacular views of the Pacific coast and the Gold Gate Bridge. Along the way you’ll see the Labyrinth. You can stop there or go all the way down to Mile Rock Beach. There, you’ll see many rocks piled up giving this beach an artistic touch.
Now that we got a little intro, let’s get into some more details about this amazing place.
The best way to start the trail is to park at the Parking area by the Cliff House. The Coastal Trail is a walkway that starts just above the Cliff House.
Sutro’s Cliff House is a casual restaurant with stunning panoramic ocean views. From every angle, there is much to see – the famous Seal Rocks, the Pacific Ocean, the Sutro Bath ruins and the entry to the Golden Gate. You can experience the beautiful sunset views while you eat. If you plan to eat here, I would suggest you keep this at the end of your trip as you will be hungry after your walk.
As you start your walk from the Cliff House, there is a short paved stretch near the beginning, but most of the trail is dirt and rocks, with a couple of steep stairways. Mostly mild, but a little strenuous in a couple of places. The trail is about 1.5 miles long; a leisurely walk one-way takes about an hour or so. The trail going down on the left takes you to the Sutro Baths and you can take the right one to continue with the Coastal Trail.
Once the largest indoor swimming pool in the world, the Sutro Baths is now a ruin, sitting in one of the most beautiful settings.
You would also want to stop and check out USS San Francisco Memorial and Mile Rock Beach on your way.
The views of the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the highlights of this trail and is my favorite. The more you walk the trail the closer you get to the bridge and you will have ample spots to click amazing pics.
Labyrinth is also another spot but requires you to walk down a lot of steps, but it is totally worth it.
There is also a Mile Marker which will give you an idea of where you are. If you wish to continue the Coastal Trail it will take you to the China Beach and Baker Beach.
You can continue the trail to go to the Golden Gate Bridge which is about 2 Miles from the Mile Marker.
I hope you find the information I shared helpful and that the pics I clicked during my walk on the trail motivate you to hike the Lands End Coastal Trail. The best time to visit this trail are the Sunny days. I would avoid going to this trail during or after heavy rains as large puddles form in a number of places along the trail and the path can get muddy and slippery.
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Until next time, take care and enjoy!