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3 Urban Hikes in San Francisco

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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.

See more after the jump.

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

  1. Pamela

    June 13, 2013

    We are heading to San Francisco next week so this could not have come at a better time. Thank you!

  2. virginia

    June 13, 2013

    Thanks for posting this. My little guy is now a toddler and I am so excited about all the outdoors stuff we’re going to do. This post got me even more motivated to explore and hike with our kid.

  3. Marjorie

    June 13, 2013

    So gorgeous! I recently posted about hiking as well. Going hiking again this weekend. It’s such an amazing feeling to look down and see the city!

  4. Damaris Palmer

    June 13, 2013

    Love this post. We love hiking as a family (most of the time). Also, the Britta water bottles are my favorite.

  5. Lisa @ Making Lifes Lemons

    June 13, 2013

    Great post! There are so many beautiful views!

    xo Lisa
    Making Life’s Lemons

  6. Meg

    June 13, 2013

    Such pretty landscape CA has..

  7. Jennifer

    June 13, 2013

    Amazing photos! I am definitely clipping this post to Evernote and tagging it for the next time I’m up in San Francisco for a weekend.

  8. laura

    June 13, 2013

    Lovely photos. Makes me itch to take a long road trip and visit SF. Haven’t been there in 20+ years…..

    laura @

  9. Amy Lynn

    June 13, 2013

    Wow, these look perfect! I’m actually going to be down around there this weekend, and my husband would love this! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  10. Anni

    June 13, 2013

    Love this, thank you so much – I’m hoping to do a few photoshoots in San Francisco in early July, and this is great inspiration for locations!

  11. Victoria Smith

    June 13, 2013

    this is awesome – i never knew about the Historic Trail. so now you’ve introduced me to a new spot. thanks for the shout out, girl. was so happy to share bernal with you. xo

  12. Jordan

    June 13, 2013

    So cool! I will have to go the next time I visit! My husband and I hiked in the Marin Headlands on our honeymoon and was one of our favorite experiences of the trip!

  13. Jen

    June 13, 2013

    I’ve lived here my whole life and did NOT know about Historic Trail! thanks!

  14. Marci

    June 13, 2013

    Thank you, Jordan, for the reminder of some of the wonderful trails we have in this city. Land’s End is one of my favorites. I remember when it was used mostly by lonely men seeking a little companionship (really!)–now it’s often too crowded to even carry on a private conversation. But it’s still so gorgeous!

  15. Jana @ 333 Days of Hand Lettering

    June 13, 2013

    Adding these to my list for next time 🙂

  16. Michelle @ Full Belly, Worn Soles

    June 13, 2013

    Oooh! I’m going to have to save this for when I finally make it out to San Francisco.

  17. little t

    June 13, 2013

    Beautiful photos – makes me want to get outside today. These bottles are so handy.

  18. Rebecca at thisfineday

    June 14, 2013

    Great photos! I can’t believe I’ve never been on any of these trails… Thanks for the tip. We tackled Muir Woods and Beach not too long ago and it was awesome (link below)- I love where we live!!

  19. hannah

    June 14, 2013

    Love this! But how come Mt. Davidson isn’t on this list??

  20. angel swanson

    June 14, 2013

    i loved this!! sf has a part of my heart (i went to berkeley for undergrad) and i can’t wait to check out these hikes on my next visit.

  21. Alexandra Kenin @ Urban Hiker SF

    June 14, 2013

    Thanks for the great article. I love SF urban hikes so much, I created a business around it. I’d love to show all of you around – check it out!

  22. Alexandra Kenin @ Urban Hiker SF

    June 14, 2013

    Thanks for the great article. I love SF urban hikes so much, I created a business around it. I’d love to show all of you around – check it out!

  23. Jaimie

    June 16, 2013

    Very cool! San Francisco has been at the top of my “must-vacay” list for a loooong time and this only makes me want to come more!

  24. Jess

    June 17, 2013

    Hey Jordan,
    What fonts did you use in the first photo! Love the simplicity. Thank you!

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