Monday, January 18, 2016

At Last, Lands End! A San Francisco Classic . .

View Of The Golden Gate Bridge From The Land's End Trail

Twice before I have attempted walking the Lands End Trail in San Francisco and for various reasons, have failed to complete it (see blog). But "third time's the charm" they say, and with my husband, I was able to walk the whole trail. Not that it's that long - only about 3.5 miles round trip. It's flat, easy and has spectacular views.

Cloudy Or Sunny, It's Always Beautiful
We began at the Point Lobos end of the trail. There's a large free parking lot, restrooms, a nice Visitor's Museum and the Sutro Baths. I highly recommend exploring the remains of the Sutro Baths while you are there (see blog). This trail is one big photo opportunity with wonderful views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Photo Op Of My Hubby!
At the end of the trail, we continued walking down the street El Camino Del Mar in the Sea Cliff neighborhood. We passed some beautiful homes.

 Several GPS guided GoCars zipped by us while we were walking. I guess you get to listen to an audio tour based on your GPS location. Looks like a future day trip/blog for me!

The Neighborhood Had A Sign That Said ,"No Van Tours Allowed," But The GoCars Were Able To Zip On Through.

El Camino Del Mar became Sea Cliff Avenue. We turned right on that, then left on 25th Avenue, and walked down the public access stairs to Bakers Beach. This beach is definitely worth visiting. Swimming is not recommended due to rough waters and occasional high bacteria levels. And toward the north end of the beach by the bridge, there are sometimes nude sunbathers, so I've been told.

After we enjoyed a snack on the beach, we headed back through the neighborhood and joined up again with the Lands End Trail. Then we walked back along it to the Point Lobos end and our car.

If you go: there are a couple of worthwhile side trips off of the trail, such as the path to the USS San Francisco Memorial, and stairs down to Mile Rock beach. Also, when you reach the end of the trail, instead of going right Down El Camino Del Mar, you can walk left till you get to 34th Ave., and visit the Legion of Honor Art Museum. I haven't been there myself, looks like I need to plan another day trip!

Directions: 680 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco (just map Lands End, San Francisco).

Don't forget water, sunscreen, a jacket and maybe a hat.

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