California might be a car-loving state, but San Francisco is a walker’s city. Urban hikes abound in the city, winding through skyscraper forests and into eucalyptus groves, up steep stair-studded hills and on down to flat sandy beaches. These trails get positively packed on sunny Saturdays with iPod-wearing locals and camera-juggling visitors.
The TWP perspective on these 4 hikes:
Lobos Creek Trail: Perfect for travelers with pain and travelers who’ve got limited walking legs or lungs. The trail is short, flat, level, and boardwalked. Also pretty.
Golden Gate Bridge: Workable if you can walk 2 level miles comfortably. For a much more complete description of the Bridge walk, click here.
California Coastal Trail: Take it in little pieces. Get a map and find the sight(s) you want to see, then work back to find the best place to park or get off public transit near the trail. Only hike about half as far out as you feel comfortable–quarter-mile, half-mile, a few hundred meters. Then hike back.
Telegraph Hill/Coit Tower Steps: Don’t bother. If you want to see the Tower, take the bus up to the top of Telegraph Hill.