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April 09, 2018

Hiking is one of the best ways to exercise both your mind and body while also having fun.

The intense interaction with Mother Nature will leave you feeling rejuvenated in ways that you probably cannot fathom. With so many places to go hiking, it can be hard to choose- what if you pick a bad trail?

To ensure you get the best experience, we have come up with the seven best trails in San Francisco:

Land's End Trail

Difficulty: medium

Distance: 15 miles

Land’s End Trail has to take the number one spot. Where else can you get such a wonderful view of the Golden Gate Bridge? Everything you view from this site will leave your eyes glistening. To see exactly what we are talking about, head over to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Once you get there, proceed to the Sutro District and have a blast. There are miles and miles of nature trails for you to hike and enjoy yourself.

If you are lucky to be at Land’s End Trail during sunset, the coastline will be your canvas. You can practically drop your camera and take a beautiful photo. This majestic trail is a must-do if you are anywhere in the San Francisco area.

Twin Peaks

Difficulty: medium

Distance: 1/2 mile

If you want to impress your significant other or propose to them, Twin Peaks is the perfect spot. Everything about it screams romance. Imagine having a candle-lit dinner at the top of Eureka and Noe as you marvel at the city lights of San Francisco. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Twin Peaks is also a great place to catch an aerial view of the Golden Gate. As a bonus, you will be surrounded by exotic birds and insects, most of which are endangered species. 

Muir overlook on ocean

Muir Woods

Difficulty: easy

Distance: 19 km

If you only hear about John Muir in ancient stories and blogs then you need to visit the Muir Woods. He was the “John of the Mountains” and a wooden statue of him is erected in this park.You will also get to see the famous redwood trees that are about 1000 years old.

Muir Woods is right by the Pacific Ocean and the atmosphere is nothing but a cool breeze. A lot of people love this spot so make sure you get there early.

Sweeney Ridge

Difficulty: medium

A 25-minute drive south of San Francisco

That magical land between Pacifica and Bruno is everything a hiking trail should be. Sweeney Ridge is where you get your fill of all the hiking action. The whole area is about 5km squared. It is covered in shrubs and grassland as it rises to a height of 1, 200. To make it even more historic, there are a number of abandoned buildings for you to explore. Expect to find a landscape that is endowed with Coyote Bush, California Yerba Santa, and Yellow Bush Lupine. 

Angel Island

Difficulty: medium

Distance: 6 miles

Angel Island is the ultimate weekend spot and many people are aware of this fact. It is for this reason that the place is always crowded. However, the closer you get to the peak of Mount Livermore, the less crowded it becomes. At 788 feet, this is the highest point on the island. It is also where you get to see what the whole island is all about. Don’t forget to carry packed lunch and some snacks. There are some very nice picnic tables awaiting you and your mates.

Bernal Heights Summit

Distance: 1 mile

Difficulty: moderate

Other than Twin Peaks, the Bernal Height Summit offers the best panoramic view of the city. At the top of the height, you will have a 360-degree capture of San Francisco in all its glory. The Bernal Heights Summit is seen as Twin Peak's competitor, and it’s entirely upon you to decide which of the two reigns supreme.

Bernal Height Summit is rarely crowded--if you detest hiking in crowded places, you will be at peace here!

Edgewood Park and Nature Preserve

Difficulty: easy

Average time: 2hrs

Distance: 10. 3km

If you wish to have a perfect view of deer in their natural habitat, Edgewood Park is the perfect place. Accessing this park is much easier for people staying south of the City Proper.

The deer are the most populous wildlife in the park, but you will also get to see vultures and many species of wildflowers. Hiking on the trails is even more fun as there are some raised terrains that would help you get a view of the whole park.

One of the advantages of living in San Francisco, or even close to San Francisco is that there are a lot of attractive sites to explore. The seven hikes discussed above are just a taste of what the city has to offer--don’t be afraid to branch out and discover other gems on your own.

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