Looking to get out on the Bay Area trails this 4th of July? We’ve got you covered! Whether you want to keep it casual and stay in San Francisco, or go on a more strenuous hike through Mt. Tamalpais, we know all the best trails to hit on this upcoming Independence Day.
This 4th of July is supposed to be sunny and beautiful here in SF, and here is our list of hikes to enjoy this week:
Take the Historic Trail entrance on the corner of Stanyan and 17th Street in San Francisco, and enjoy 1.4 mile hike through lush greenery up to the picturesque Twin Peaks! Try this hike at night to see the city lit up with fireworks from around the Bay.
For a more strenuous hike, make your way to Cataract falls, in Mt. Tam. Park at the Rock Springs Trailhead lot, just past the Pantoll Campground. This hike is about 6 miles round trip, and is one of my favorite hikes anywhere in the Bay Area. While on the trail, you are immersed in lush greenery the entire time and it is a nice, moderate hike for all those adventurers out there.
Some other great hikes include
Butterfly to Bluffs Trail
Start near the Golden Gate Bridge, and make your way down this beautiful trail to Lands End, where you end up on the cliffs of Ocean Beach. Enjoy the beach, and grab a bite or refreshment at one of the many restaurants in the area!
Muir Woods National Monument
If you want to see some of the oldest and largest trees in the world, find your way out to Muir Woods. The trails are heavily trafficked, but for good reason. The trees and scenery you are surrounded by are breathtaking, and this is a must-see for any Bay Area visitor or resident. There are many paths to take, so choose your difficulty level, and enjoy!
Dipsea Trail to Steep Ravine
Head up to Mt. Tamalpais, and check out the Dipsea Trail. This winding trail takes you from Mt. Tam down to Stinson Beach, and loops back up along the Steep Ravine. This is a moderate hike, but absolutely beautiful. While on the trail, you see a vast array of different landscapes, including: giant redwoods, jungle foliage, rolling hills, views of San Francisco, and the beach.
These are just some of the many amazing hiking spots in the Bay Area. Choose your adventure, and let us know how you enjoy it!