5 Gorgeous Trails for 5 Types of Hikers: Which Are You?
Slow and steady or steep and sweaty, we got you
Whether you’re a hard-core trail hitter, a non-outdoorsy type looking for a pretty walk or just in search of a peaceful place to unwind, there’s a trail in or around SF for you. Time to get walking.
If You’re Going for the View: Hike Muir Beach
Just a short trip over the Golden Gate Bridge, this quick hike to the Muir Beach Overlook offers scenic panoramic views of Marin’s coastline. On a clear day, you might even spot San Francisco’s Sutro Tower, Mount Tam and the Farallon Islands. There’s parking right at the overlook, but you can extend your trip by stashing your car at Muir Beach and walking a mile along the beach out to the point instead.
If You Like to Sweat Out Your Stress: Hike Mount Diablo
Long and steep is the name of the game for you. Try this 13-mile round-trip trail to the top and gain 3,323 feet in elevation along the way. Mount Diablo is one of the highest peaks around and is known for expansive views of the entire Bay Area. Did we mention the bragging rights for making it to the top? A post-summit selfie is definitely in order.
If You’re More of a Window Shopper: Hike Tennessee Valley
Not everyone in San Francisco is the outdoorsy type. For those of you who prefer weekend brunch and browsing Fillmore Street boutiques, there’s Tennessee Valley. You’ll pass through rolling green hills filled with wildflowers on this casual stroll that clocks in at just over 3.4 miles for the round trip. Your reward for making it to the end? A stunning secluded beachthat’s perfect for sipping a glass of rosé from the bottle you cleverly stashed in your day pack.
If You’re a Thrill Seeker: Hike Half Dome
If daredevil is your middle name, Half Dome just might be your game. But you’ll have to go farther afield for this heart-pumping adventure. Head to Yosemite to try your hand at this 14- to 16-mile 12-hour hike--recommended for advanced hikers only. The arduous trek gives way to an adrenaline-spiking climb up a set of two cables for the last 400 feet of the ascent. (Note: A permit is required, and the cables are only up between Memorial Day and Columbus Day.) Save your call to Mom and Dad for the top. Rumor has it there’s excellent cell service all the way up there.
If You’re a Yogi: Hike Lands End Labyrinth
Skip the yoga studio and get your dose of zen in the great outdoors. Head to Lands End and take the Coastal Trail east to the Mile Rock Beach offshoot. The great stone labyrinth, created by Eduardo Aguilera in 2004, was destroyed by vandals last year, but a group of Good Samaritans helped reassemble it for visitors to enjoy all over again. Make the one-mile out-and-back trek at dusk for a truly contemplative hike.