Nature in San Francisco

This month marks my 3 year anniversary living in the San Francisco area. This post is dedicated to my favorite ways to explore nature in this area. I am avoiding some obvious choices like Golden Gate Park and Sutro Tower.

Lands End

Starting location in Google Maps

I like to start at Sutro Baths because there is ample parking. The baths themselves are also a sight to see. It's worth reading a bit about it before you go.

Be sure to walk down to the ruins and take a right to go through a cave. If the tide is high enough there are rocks you can watch the waves crash onto.

After checking out the Bath House ruins follow the trail North toward the Golden Gate Bridge. The views will not disappoint and the path is wide and easy to follow.

Buena Vista Park


It's unassuming but a thick forest with a great view at the top. There are winding trails everywhere and it's easy to get lost. A great feeling while still being in the middle of a major city!




I even saw a coyote once! There are signs everywhere warning that they may show up. 

Corona Heights


Right next to Buena Vista park. This park is very rocky but it makes for, what I think, are some of the best views of San Francisco.


Bernal Heights Park


A challenging but rewarding hike with a view overlooking all of San Francisco. Bernal Heights is at the southern end what largely makes up the city. This means the views are sweeping and wide!


That's it! I will never have a shortage of nature in California to write about to expect more to come.

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