Destination: Lands End Trail, San Francisco

Total distance: 1.4 miles (one way)   Landsend
Elevation changes: +684 ft / -515 ft
Entry Trailhead: Land’s End Trail Eagles Point (next to 870 El Camino Del Mar)
Exit Trailhead: Fort Miley (approximately 2426 El Camino Del Mar)

San Francisco being the metropolitan city is actually well endowed with beautiful nature.  One trail that I often went on because it was close to where I live in San Francisco is the Lands End Trail.  Since I live close to Eagles Point, it is by default my “entry” trailhead but you can hike this in reverse.  If you are going as a group, you can park a car at the end of the trail at Fort Miley, or at Ocean Beach if you are ending the hike with some beach volleyball or bonfire.

Lands End

Lands End, Creative Common photo by Kwong Yee Cheng

The hike itself is not difficult at all, the bump you see from the profile below is a series of stairs that will take you less than 5 minutes to go up.  There are sidetrips to a stone maze shown in the featured image, or the Mile Rock Beach.  Otherwise navigation is very straightforward.





Mile Rock Beach



Ocean Beach


Ocean Beach Sunset


Sutro Baths

Combining this short hike with a trip to Ocean Beach or Sutro Baths is a great way to spend a relaxed afternoon.  Bonfire or eating hobo pack while watching the sunset at Ocean Beach is a major plus as well!


Further reading:

  1. Entry at Bay Area Hiker

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