Gone For The Weekend: SF

This weekend the city of San Francisco is the place to be for getting outdoors. Even though SF is seven square miles of city, there are countless trails to escape to. Not to mention an unforgettable music festival named appropriately for our theme. 


Mount Sutro The trailhead starts at Stanyan and 17th and is just a set of wooden stairs tucked in between two houses on the street. On the slopes of Mount Sutro you will find a historic eucalyptus forest right in the middle of the city. 

Presidio Bay Area Ridge Trail At 2.5 miles, this trail ranks as an easy to moderate hike, with views that far exceed that description. Along the way, pause to enjoy the striking Andy Goldsworthy sculpture Spire, the rolling hills of San Francisco National Cemetery, and coastal gun batteries. The Bay Area Ridge Trail continues across the Golden Gate Bridge into the Marin Headlands if you want to take it further. 

California Coastal Trail This trail runs from the Cliff House near the Sutro Baths all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge and passes many landmarks including Baker Beach, the Seacliff area, Marshall Beach, and the Batteries to Bluffs Trail. Its a half day trail that you could turn into a full day if you indulged in the several small detours to small beaches. It is 9 miles from start to finish, but there are several points along the trail where you can leave the trail or turn back to hike a shorter loop. 

The Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival runs from August 7th-9th with dozens of bands and attractions. This green-conscious event not only has a solid lineup, but also directly benefits the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department.

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