San Francisco has so many really great urban hikes around the city. I’ve lived here almost 10 years and I’m still discovering ones I’ve never been to. Brita asked me to put together my favorite hikes in the city and test out their new water bottles, I was happy to. The Brita Water bottle has a filter in the bottle, which comes in super handy when you are stuck with a less-than-ideal water source. San Francisco is my favorite place in the world and even if you are visiting I recommend mixing one of these little hikes in with all the regular tourist sites. They all take less than an hour and have great sweeping views.
1. Historic Trail. This trail is great because it makes me feel like I’m not smack dab in the middle of a city. It goes through a really nice wilderness area and ends up near Sutro Tower. The trailhead starts at Stanyan and 17th and is just a set of wooden stairs tucked in between two houses on the street.
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2. Bernal Hill. The best thing about Bernal Hill are the views. If I’m feeling ambitious sometimes I run up the whole thing. My friend Victoria brought me here and it is one of my favorite spots because it is so easy to get to from the Mission. Park along Bernal Heights Boulevard and Ellsworth Street for easy access.
3. Lands End. This hike is exactly what it sounds like, its where the land ends. It is the most north west point in the city and is really special. You hike along the water with views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Pacific Ocean stretching out. You can’t go wrong over here.
Photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day