Golden Gate NRA: Lands End

Location: 680 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121

Designation: National Recreation Area

Date NPS designation declared: 10/27/1972

Date of my visit: August 30, 2017


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I got off the plane in SFO, picked up my rental car and my cousins and drove us to the Lands End Lookout Visitor Center near the historic Cliff House. This center wasn’t here on my previous visits to the bay area and is one of the newer additions to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

We had lunch in the Lookout Cafe attached to the NPS visitor center. They had some nice sandwiches, tuna and pasta salads to choose from as well as organic teas. We ate standing at the bar near the window for fear of being attacked by the birds outside. We stopped in the visitor’s center to peruse the displays, get my pin and then we walked the trail from the Sutro Baths to Land’s End

This is an easy trail along the coast with great views of the Golden Gate bridge, sailboats, marine life, etc…a perfect place to get my Pacific Ocean fix. I never realize how much I miss it until I’m standing on a bluff with wind in my hair and the smell of the sea in the air.

You can almost forget you’re within city limits except for the litter and graffiti here and there. Also, beware of leaving valuables visible in your car…there are signs posted in the lot warning of frequent break-ins.

You can make out part of the Sutro Bath ruins on the lower left hand side of this photo.

6 thoughts on “Golden Gate NRA: Lands End

  1. San Francisco is one of my favourite places in the world. I had never hiked in the Golden Gate NRA Lands End ares until my son went to school in Berkeley. After we “discovered” it, we made it a point to go back here on every trip. We did notice a disturbing trend, even in cold weather. As we walked in the direction of the bridge views, there always seemed to be a naked man doing cartwheels up ahead. We walked no further.

    1. Oh my! We did not see the naked man when we were there. There were a lot of people out walking their dogs and a few selfie-takers, but nothing unusual. I guess within city limits, there will always be a character or two. 🙂

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