Picture your perfect city run-- a laid back, scenic gravel path sandwiched between the Bay and Crissy Field. It is an idyllic wide gravel path stretching three miles towards the Golden Gate Bridge. It's popular among serious runners and casual tourists all hoping to catch a glimpse of the legendary bridge. Salty breeze and the sound of foghorns create calming company along the way. It's a relaxing Sunday jog with the best views in the city.
What Makes It Great
A trust worthy run in the city, the SF Bay Trail along Crissy Field starts in Fisherman's Wharf near the historic sailboats docked at Aquatic Park. The only hill on the route is at the beginning, a steady short climb offering your first faraway view of the Golden Gate. Following along Ft. Mason, you'll slowly descend back to sea level for the long stretch approaching the bridge. Two free standing exercise stations offer a variety of rings, pull up bars, and boxes for a quick strength circuit.
Continue along the trail towards the base of the bridge passing through the open grassy area at Crissy Field. The asphalt turns to gravel here, and gets closer to the water's edge as seagulls soar above and sailboats gracefully glide-- it's a Californian dreamscape. You'll likely encounter wind and fog, but consider it additional resistance training. When you approach the bridge at Ft. Point, watch surfers catch short, steep waves breaking along the rocks, while gazing up at the heroic infrastructure 750 feet above.
Who is Going to Love It
Anyone seeking a peaceful run with sweeping views will appreciate this trail. It's mellow and flat, yet a solid 6 miles there and back. Not bad for a city that stretches 7 miles long by 7 miles wide. Bring along your furry jogging companion with or without a leash, there is even a dog beach along the way. This is a reliable route for morning runs before work, or sunset walks with friends. Leave your earbuds at home and listen to the real beauty of the bay.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
The SF Bay trail begins as far as AT&T park, an additional three miles from Fisherman's Wharf, but a good starting point is Aquatic Park near Ft. Mason. It makes for a perfect three miles out and back. Parking is very limited in the tourist areas of Fisherman's Wharf, if you have to drive, park your car near the base of the bridge at Ft. Point and run the route the opposite way, towards Fisherman's Wharf. Remember that bikes share this pathway, and many of them speed, cruising with the wind. Wear layers and no need to bring a water bottle, there are bathrooms and water fountains along the way.