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Hiking San Francisco-A bus/hike adventure to Marin County

Hiking San Francisco is one of our favorite activities and a healthy, enjoyable way to spend some of our precious free time.

Marin Headlands and Golden Gate Bridge

Sometimes a bus/hike adventure to Marin County just seems like the right thing to do. A one-way hike let's one cover some ground, and taking the bus to a trail head is a nice alternative to driving. It's easy to do just that as we discovered on a recent weekend.

The Golden Gate Transit runs busses from the Pacific Heights/Russian Hill/Nob Hill area of San Francisco to various spots in Marin. (I'm sure there are other busses, but I haven't yet discovered which and where.) On Saturdays and Sundays the Nos. 10, 70, and 80 run approximately every 30 minutes, We caught one at 8:00 AM just 2 blocks away from our condo at Pacific Place. Over the Golden Gate Bridge we went, to Marin City where we got off the bus about 45 minutes later.

headlands hike to San Francisco

Our hike started through attractive residential streets for a handful of blocks, then up a steep dirt road until we joined up with the Alta Trail in the Marin Headlands, the vast open space land managed by the Golden Gate National Recreational Area (GGNRA for short.) This beautiful land has vistas galore, and a network of trails and fire roads leading to adventures in many directions. Our hike was taking us back to San Francisco, so we headed south. Glance right, and the Pacific Ocean and vast swaths of parkland are on the west; Richardson Bay, Tiburon and Angel Island and soon the entire heart of San Francisco Bay to the east and south. Finally, the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge soar into sight, with the drama of San Francisco itself beyond.

Our lovely hike, about 13 miles in length, took in remote stretches with no one else around, Slacker Hill with unbelievably beautiful views, across the Golden Gate Bridge, down along the shores of Crissy Field, the Marina Green and Fort Mason and then up the sidewalks along Van Ness Avenue and back home before 3:00 PM.
Living My San Francisco Dream, without cars when I'm not working, enjoying both urban and wild land delights.

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

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Comment balloon 6 commentsLottie Kendall • June 30 2012 10:16AM


Great info and pretty pictures Lottie.  You must be in fabulous shape with all the hiking you do!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 8 years ago

Lottie-Now that is really a cool thing you get to do. The scenery is amazing. Hiking for 13 miles that is incredible. YOU GO GIRL!!!!

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) over 8 years ago

Marin COunty is another great place in SF.  The views, the homes and the restaurants I remember going to when I used to live there, are spectacular!

Posted by Jennifer Chiongbian, Real Estate Broker - NYC (Specializing in all types of Manhattan apts & townhouses) over 8 years ago

I've seen this view of the city and the bridge several times before but I never knew how you could get there.  This would be a great day trip with a stopover in Sausalito for dinner on the way home.  Thanks for the great information.

Posted by Doug Bullwinkel, Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609 (Envoy Mortgage,NMLS ID 6666) over 8 years ago

Another great blog highlighting the outdoor beauty and opportunities to enjoy Marin County and the San Francisco area.  July is a wonderful time of year along the California coastline!

Posted by Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY (Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ) over 8 years ago

Debra, I just hope to have the hiking balance my indulging in the restaurants and cheese shops in my neighborhood!

Sharon, with scenery this gorgeous, the miles slide by happily and quickly.

Jennifer - spectacular just about sums it up!

Doug - the hiking in the Marin Headlands is superb; so close to SF, yet affording solitude.

Cara, you'd enjoy the cool ocean breezes; a nice antidote to your own lovely, but hotter (!), area.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 8 years ago