If you ever think you have seen everything that you can see in San Francisco, if you haven’t been to Land’s End, then you haven’t seen San Francisco. From the moment I arrived to this northwestern outpost of the city by the bay til I left, my jaw dropped and remained open in awe.
It was a beautiful bright sunny morning and I got to enjoy spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge. The previous day I enjoyed incredible views of the the bridge from Crissy Field. You’d think I’d be used to the beauty. Nope. From Land’s End, it was even more majestic. The photos don’t do it justice. There were several benches that were promptly taken up by hikers and daytrippers to sit and just marvel and take in the sight. These days I often see people absorbed in their phones, not paying attention to their surroundings. That wasn’t happening here. People were quietly sitting and really taking it all in. When I first arrived, I promptly stopped because I was so stunned by the vista. I didn’t even think to take a photo until several minutes had passed. After I snapped a few, I still lingered and sat around to take it all in.
I can’t believe I hadn’t known about Land’s End for all those years that I’ve lived in the Bay Area. I feel quite cheated. Like I didn’t really know SF. And now that I do, I can’t have her because I’m in NYC.
Then I hiked about three miles to my final destination – Sutro Baths and Cliff House Restaurant. Because I had time and was not in a hurry, I took side trails to explore Land’s End. I followed the signs for Mile Rock Beach. After a going down several steps, I was rewarded with crashing waves on rocks, a labyrinth, and more great views. Several people were there, but again it was still pretty quiet. When you’re in the presence of majestic beauty, we all were inclined to be quiet and simply soak in nature. I sat on one of the many washed-up logs for a few minutes.
I adored the trail at Land’s End because it’s right next to the coastline. Every moment of the hike you have a breathtaking view.
The trail leads to Sutro Baths, an abandoned and ruined former public baths and pools. You can still see the foundations of the various pools. It’s right next to an iconic San Franciscan restaurant, Cliff House, where its spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and great food make it a popular choice for weddings. I looked around for one last look at the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean.
Although I didn’t run, Land’s End is a great place for trail running. There are several other trails that I hadn’t explored and I saw several runners during my hike.
I ran to Land’s End this weekend! It is such a beautiful little nook of serenity in a busy city. Glad you got to experience it!
It’s my favorite part of SF! I can’t believe that something like that can exist in a city, but there you have it. I love it and I wish I had known about it sooner. Enjoy Land’s End some more for me.
My old stomping grounds! I used to run around there all the time while in school 🙂
Good thing it wasn’t foggy… it gets kind of spooky and you can’t even see the GG Bridge!
It was a beautiful glorious day that day. You’re so lucky that you got to go there all the time. I think Land’s End will be a must-go whenever I return to SF.
Seems like a beautiful place! You reminded me, I need to go for a hike… ASAP! lol xoxo Olena
I’ve lived in SF for almost 10 years, and only started exploring the Coastal Trail & Lands End while training for the Big Sur Marathon this winter. Bonkers. You’re so right — those views NEVER get old!
SF has so many wonderful treasures. Good luck with your training. I want to do Big Sur Marathon one day.
It’s so beautiful there when before the fog rolls in! Love me some San Fran!
Who doesn’t love SF?
Okay now I have to back to SF to hike this!! Awesome views!!
There are so many cool things in SF. I would love to return to live there permanently.
WOW so gorgeous! I’ve never heard of Lands End either, but now I’m sad I missed out on it while I was out there! Also I love your jumping picture. I can’t jump like that without hurting myself.
I was impressed with how much air I got.
Now you have a very good reason to go back to SF for another visit.
Its a gorgeous place, not strenuous and lovely views.
Yes, a great place for an afternoon stroll.