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Hiking in San Francisco - Lands End Trail

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One of my favorite places in San Francisco is Land's End - a coastal hike on the city's ocean side with views of the Pacific, the San Francisco Bay, and Golden Gate Bridge. The coastal views on this stunning ramble can't be beat.

There are many blogs out there that details the hike from beginning to end like this one. However, here are five tips from a local to make the most out of your visit:

Start the Land's End hike from the end 

Most out of town noobs will head straight to the Land's End visitor center and parking lots located near Ocean Beach. Translation? You will be vying with hordes of buses and tourists at the start of your walk. Instead, head to the end of the hike in San Francisco's beautiful Sea Cliff neighborhood. You will not only have the opportunity to check out the many beautiful mansions of this hood, but you will also be right near a great vista of the Golden Gate Bridge at the start of your journey!

Bonus tip: 

Start your hike near the Lincoln Park tile mosiac staircase. At the top of the staircase is a dirt path that follows a golf course to the start of the Land's End trail.

Bonus bonus tip:

You will be right near the lovely hidden China Beach. Make sure to check out the sunset at China Beach on your way out.

 

Have a meditative moment at the stone labyrinth by artist Eduardo Aguilera


You could miss this one if you aren't paying attention. Midway through your hike after going up and down a steep wooden staircase, there will be a path on the right side leading down. Following its course will take you to a rocky beach, and just a ways up on Land's End Point is Eduardo Aguilera's famed stone maze labyrinth! 


Time your visit with the high tide to make the most of the Sutro Bath blowhole

If you brave the steep stairs to the bottom of Sutro Baths from the Lands End visitor center, don't miss the sea cave tucked away to your right. Once you enter the dark sea cave (watch your step!) you may be surprised by the explosive ocean waves rushing up to the blowhole on your left. A window opening in the rock at the end of the sea cave will charm you with an up close view of the ocean.

 

Pick up a Dirt Alley Design maze map and other California souvenirs by local artists at the Visitor Center


You saw this one coming, right? Yup, you can pick up our San Francisco maze maps from the visitor center along with other goodies made in California!

Up for a Long Adventure?


Clamber over the remains of the crumbling pools of Sutro Bath and scramble down to Ocean Beach for a long beach walk. You never know what you might encounter on this long stretch of beach including jellyfish or even crystals!

 

About Dirt Alley Design

Michelle Chandra, founder, Dirt Alley DesignDirt Alley Design was founded just off a dirt alley in San Francisco in December of 2016 by artist Michelle Chandra. Inspired by the beauty of street grids, Michelle invented maze maps in which she transforms street grids into mazes. 

My maze art isn't just decorative art for your home, it's a real puzzle maze you can solve (if you dare!) I think my maze maps are pretty cool, but don't take just my word for it! Featured in LaughingSquidThe Creator's Project, Untapped Cities and UpOutSF.



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