The winding roads and paths in the San Francisco neighborhood Presidio, along with the natural wooded areas that surround it, make for great hiking, running, or just plain walking. Gorgeous park and forest areas can be found all around the community, and the Pacific Ocean lines the west side. Any nature lover would be in heaven along these hiking trails and running paths throughout the Presidio.
A good way to stay a bit away from the usual noise of the city is to hike through Land’s End Trail – Eagle’s Point. With easy parking and just a small walk, this dog-friendly trail surrounds you with trees and the sound of the Pacific Ocean. The terrain can be a little trying to some, with the steep wooden stairs leading up and around bends. However, the views that can be seen of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean make this approximately three-mile round trip along the Coastal Trail completely worth it.
Running along the shoreline of Baker Beach will serve up magnificent views of not only the Golden Gate Bridge but also the Marin Headlands. It’s a popular public beach, so there are plenty of people that hang around, soaking up the sun and simply enjoying Baker Beach. For the more active daredevils out there, there are rocks to climb on the north end of the beach – if the surf isn’t too high and dangerous. Also, once north of the Hazardous Surf sign, Baker Beach becomes a nude-friendly beach.
One of the most iconic landmarks in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Golden Gate Bridge provides a family-friendly, easy terrain walking, running, and biking path along the length of the bridge. The bridge connects San Francisco to Marin County. This gives approximately three miles of walking while drinking in the iconic views of the bay. For the slightly more adventurous, there is a path that continues under the bridge. This path will lead up to Hendrik Point, with a breathtaking view of San Francisco’s skyline in the background. By Deanna Morgado