Lake Merced Loop
This 4.5 mile loop is a popular place for runners and for races.
Destination Distance From Downtown
The 4.5-mile loop is relatively flat, making for an easy route that can be extended for longer-mileage runs.
Time To Complete
Depending on pace, runners can usually finish this route in an hour or under. It's easy to add another loop (or two) for a longer-distance run.
Lake Merced is a good year-round choice for hikes, with coastal breezes keeping things cool, even in the summer. However, as with most western neighborhoods, the area experiences some fog, especially in the winter.
On Leash Only
Lots of runners opt to run at Lake Merced with their dogs; just make sure they are on a leash. In addition, there is an off-leash dog park near Lake Merced Boulevard.
- Coastal Paddling
- Flat Water Paddling
- Food and Drink
- Mountain Biking
- Road Running
- Skiing & Snowboarding
- Trail Running