Taking to the trails is a fantastic way to discover all that the Golden Gate National Parks have to offer, from breathtaking vistas and historical treasures to immense redwoods and intimate wildlife encounters.

With more than 250 trails that wind through more than 140 miles of national park land from Marin to San Mateo, you are sure to find many favorites. Select a featured hike from the list below, and be sure to check back often as we're adding new hikes all the time!


Know Before You Go

  • Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to be back

  • Bring plenty of food and water—even on short hikes

  • Don’t force fluids—drink when you are thirsty

  • Eat often—salty snacks are key for salt loss from sweating

  • Rest in the shade

  • Plan ahead and avoid hiking between 10am and 5pm during the summer

  • Stay on shore, many coastal shorelines are rocky and experience rip tides

  • View updates on current trail closures and reroutes >> 

  1. Water - plain and some with electrolyte replacement.

  2. Food - especially salty foods. Eat twice as much as normal.

  3. First Aid Kit - band aids, ace wrap, antiseptic, moleskin, etc.

  4. Map - print at home, download via NPS app, or grab one at any visitors center

  5. Pack - to carry the essentials.

  6. Flashlight/Spare Batteries - allows you to hike out during the cool of the evening.

  7. Spray Bottle - fill with water for your own personal air conditioning system.

  8. Sun Protection - hat and sunscreen to keep the sun off you and protect your skin.

  9. Whistle and/or Signal Mirror - for emergency use.

  10. Waterproof Clothing - poncho or jacket; especially useful during rainy winter season (December to early March).


Northern Trails


Southern Trails

  • Trails along the bluffs with the a large red suspension bridge crossing a strait in the distance
    Coastal Trail

    There are great views to be seen around every corner along this stretch of the Coastal Trail

  • Two individuals sit on a wooden bench overlooking coastal bluffs and the Pacific ocean.
    Old Mori Trail

    Take in stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and coastal bluffs along the Old Mori Trail.

  • Green covered hills descend to an open lake and bay. White puffy clouds fill the sky.
    Sneath Lane Trail

    Sneath Lane Trail provides great views of the San Adreas Resovoir and the San Francisco Bay.

  • narrow dirt trails wraps hillside overlooking pacific ocean
    Milagra Ridge Map

    Want to visit? Click here to download a copy of the Milagra Ridge Trail Map.

  • Two cyclists bike and two individuals walk along a path in front of a large red suspension bridge
    Crissy Field Promenade

    Walk or bike along the Crissy Field Promenade to take in views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate

Last updated: February 10, 2024

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