San Francisco area hikers are a lucky bunch. The San Francisco Bay Area is — arguably — one of the most beautiful geographic areas in the entire United States. A region of constant geological conflict puts the forces of erosion, weather, and tectonic action to stunning work, creating sweeping vistas, towering mountains and hills, and huge bodies of water attract millions of people to live and work here … and to enjoy some exquisite hiking trails, too.

From the dense redwood groves of Muir Grove to the beloved rolling hills of the East Bay and jagged Pacific Coast, you’ll find forests, meadows, waterfalls, challenging inclines, and no shortage of jaw-dropping vistas for your next Bay area hike.

Viewing 29 of 29 Hikes

Verna Dunshee Trail and Gardiner Fire Lookout

Verna Dunshee Trail and Gardiner Fire Lookout

Distance: 1.5 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 300 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Batteries to Bluffs Trail

Batteries to Bluffs Trail

Distance: 1.7 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 500 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Stonewall-Panoramic Trail

Stonewall-Panoramic Trail

Distance: 1.3 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 519 ft

Difficulty: Easy

East Ridge / Phillips Loop

East Ridge / Phillips Loop

Distance: 2.1 mi

Time: 1 hrs

Elevation Gain: 328 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock

Distance: 2.4 mi

Time: 1.0 hrs

Elevation Gain: 245 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Kehoe Beach

Kehoe Beach

Distance: 2.5 mi

Time: 2.0 hrs

Elevation Gain: 100 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Presidio Art Hike

Presidio Art Hike

Distance: 2.8 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 400 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Thornewood Open Space Preserve

Thornewood Open Space Preserve

Distance: 3.0 mi

Time: 2.0 hrs

Elevation Gain: 600 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Carson Falls

Carson Falls

Distance: 3.9 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 915 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Russian Ridge Loop

Russian Ridge Loop

Distance: 3.8 mi

Time: 2 hrs

Elevation Gain: 700 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Canopy View-Fern Creek Loop

Canopy View-Fern Creek Loop

Distance: 3.8 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 750 ft

Difficulty: Easy

Cataract Falls

Cataract Falls

Distance: 3.0 mi

Time: 3 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1100 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve Loop

Edgewood Park and Natural Preserve Loop

Distance: 4.2 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 750 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

San Bruno Mountain Summit Loop

San Bruno Mountain Summit Loop

Distance: 4.3 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 830 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Lands End Coastal Trail

Lands End Coastal Trail

Distance: 4.0 mi

Time: 2.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 675 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Uvas Canyon Waterfall Loop

Uvas Canyon Waterfall Loop

Distance: 5.2 mi

Time: 3.0 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1400 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Presidio Loop

Presidio Loop

Distance: 5.8 mi

Time: 4.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 600 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mount Diablo Waterfall Loop

Mount Diablo Waterfall Loop

Distance: 6.0 mi

Time: 3.5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1500 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Redwood Creek-Bootjack-Ben Johnson Loop

Redwood Creek-Bootjack-Ben Johnson Loop

Distance: 6.8 mi

Time: 4 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1100 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Mission Peak

Mission Peak

Distance: 6.2 mi

Time: 5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2100 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Mount Umunhum

Mount Umunhum

Distance: 7.5 mi

Time: 4 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1150 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Golden Gate Park Loop

Golden Gate Park Loop

Distance: 7.5 mi

Time: 5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 400 ft

Difficulty: Moderate

Eagle Peak via Mitchell Canyon

Eagle Peak via Mitchell Canyon

Distance: 8.3 mi

Time: 5 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2375 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Berry Creek Falls Loop

Berry Creek Falls Loop

Distance: 10.5 mi

Time: 6 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1800 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Murietta Falls

Murietta Falls

Distance: 12.5 mi

Time: 7.0 hrs

Elevation Gain: 4500 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Alamere Falls

Alamere Falls

Distance: 13.9 mi

Time: 7 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1950 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

Mount Diablo Summit via Mitchell Canyon

Mount Diablo Summit via Mitchell Canyon

Distance: 13.8 mi

Time: 8 hrs

Elevation Gain: 4100 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Stinson Beach to East Peak Fire Lookout Loop

Stinson Beach to East Peak Fire Lookout Loop

Distance: 15 mi

Time: 8 hrs

Elevation Gain: 2900 ft

Difficulty: Strenuous

Bear Valley / Coast Trail Loop

Bear Valley / Coast Trail Loop

Distance: 22 mi

Time: 48 hrs

Elevation Gain: 1259 ft

Difficulty: Challenging

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Ben Feb 7, 2019 10:02

So nice to see a dedicated page for San Francisco hikes on Modern Hiker. Thank you!

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