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Tourist in My Town – San Francisco Coastal Trail

There are still many spots in San Francisco that I have never seen. I have been to the Sunset district leading into the famous Sutro Baths, Louis Sea Cloff diner (great breakfast!) and the famous Cliffhouse restaurant which turns into Ocean Beach and eventually the San Francisco Zoo. But I had never taken a right turn before hitting any these spots.

That right turn landed me at Fort Miley and onto the Coastal Trail. This easy 9 mile trail runs from Land's End to the Cliff House and offers gorgeous views of the Marin Headlands, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Farallon Islands (on a clear day).


However, it was not a clear day, not even close. Yesterday was a typical foggy San Francisco day, so the fact we got any photos was a total plus! We followed the path which is quite nice and reminded me of our coastal hike into Cancale from Chateau Richieux.

The trail is dog friendly and there were lots of them, including these two little guys! They looked cold!


The views of the Golden Gate Bridge are gorgeous, but I also love the vastness of looking out to the open sea. While looking out trying to spot the Farallon Islands  Mr. Misadventures spotted the splash of a dolphin. For the next 10 minutes we watched as two dolphins swam and played. Nobody else stopped to see what we were looking at, which I found unusual. Maybe the dolphins are out there all the time and totally blasé, but I was excited!

Dolphins along the Coastal Trail!

Along the path Mr. Misadventures took the opportunity to crawl around the dirt and over fallen trees in order to get good photos. I decided it was more fun to take photos of Mr. Misadventures!

Mr-Misadventures-in-ActionThe light was not great, quite flat actually, but I think it is really hard to take a bad Golden Gate Bridge photo…

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Photo Credit: Sel & Poivre Photography

There are several entrance points to this trail, we started from Fort Miley off of El Camino Del Mar. After reading up on the trail once I got home, it is interesting to note that this spot is relatively unknown to most locals. Probably too busy taking visitors to Sutro Baths and the Cliffhouse!

How about you? Have you played tourist in your town and discovered a hidden treasure?

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  1. Our first sighting of Mr. Misadventures!!! Ahhh, so handsome with his silver hair and turned backward beret. I always turn my ball bap backwards while shooting.

  2. The trail looks really wonderful – but I have to admit that my favorite part of this post is the adorable puppy photo. Too cute.

  3. Dolphins! How cool is that?!
    I am constantly discovering new things about my city. I have lived here for about 7 years and there are more restaurants popping up each month and new hidden gems that I am discovering each year. This year I’ve found out that there is a vineyard light up for the holidays where wine is discounted and the vineyards look surreal with holiday lights along the lake.

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Murissa, I know, right! I was mesmerized, the next time I go there I am bringing my binoculars. Vancouver is another amazing city to explore, plenty for you to see, do and most importantly eat!

  4. I’ve been here but it’s been a long time. Next time I’m in SF, i will add it to my list and hope that those puppies are there again 🙂

    1. Andi Fisher says:

      @Jenna, I have passed that right turn a hundred time and never knew that path existed, I will definitely be using it more frequently – it is a great hike with gorgeous views.