Marin Headlands Visitor Center to Rodeo Beach: Marin Headlands natural history center and a trail to a welcoming beach.
Muir Beach to Pirates Cove: Swashbuckler's destination from civilized beach to hidden treasure beach.
Tennessee Valley: Valley trail leading to a stunning small beach.
Bon Tempe Lake Loop: Lovely lake loop with herons and cormorants in the Marin Watershed.
Kirby Cove: Iconic hike down to beach near the Marin side base of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Point Bonita Lighthouse: Short walk to a stunning historic destination, great whale viewing spot on a lucky day.
Blackie's Pasture: Easy path along Richardson Bay into Tiburon.
Lake Lagunitas Loop: Pretty less than two mile lake loop, with flowers, butterflies, turtles and lizards.
Fern Creek Trail - Muir Woods: Take the steep stealth route from Mountain Home Inn down into cool dark Muir Woods.
Slacker Ridge from Golden Gate Bridge: Trail with dramatic views from base of the Golden Gate Bridge to a ridge rising above it.
Ring Mountain-Tiburon: Other-worldly rock formations and rare wildflowers with broad views in all directions.
Rhubarb Trail to Haypress Camp: Moss covered oak trail leads to wide open skies above Tennessee Valley.
McNears Beach Park: Pretty destination with easy bayside stroll along San Pablo Bay in San Rafael.
Loma Alta - Smith Ridge: Expansive views from high grassy fields above patchy stretches of oak trees.
Black Sands Beach: A short, steep descending trail leads to a hidden treasure beach in the Marin Headlands.
Hawk Hill: Easy loop walk high above the Golden Gate Bridge, a favorite spot for observing migratory raptors.
Huckleberry Trail: Short but steep fire road connector trail on Blithedale Ridge in Marin, with a Mount Tam view reward at the top.
Azalea Hill and Alpine Lake Trail: Lovely, lesser known, fuzzier mapped 2.8 mile loop hike in the Marin Watershed.
Tennessee Valley Fox Trail: Long rising grade through chaparral on the Fox Trail leads to broad ocean views on the Coastal Trail.
Battery Townsley: Steep, stunning hike to WWII military gun site above Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands.
China Camp Campsite to Chicken Coop Hill: Pretty trail through oak, madrone and manzanita with a lovely bay view.
Julian Trail - Marin Headlands: An out and back hike with views of the rolling Marin Headlands and Rodeo Beach.
Rhubarb to Miwok Trail Overlook: Woodsy Rhubarb Trail leads to Miwok Trail, passing through eucalyptus groves to ascend to grand views.
Bill Williams - Tucker Trail Waterfall Hike: From Phoenix Lake to deep woods falls and wooden bridges and stairways.
Hill 88 from Rodeo Beach: Gorgeous 365 degree views high above Rodeo Beach from an old military site in the Marin Headlands.
Colier Spring Trail from Lake Lagunitas: Steep, rugged trail featuring redwoods from Lake Lagunitas.
Phyllis Ellman Trail to Ring Mountain: Grassy hill hike to stark rock formation area of Ring Mountain, with stunning views from the top.
Bald Hill from Deer Park: Scenic views from the top of "Mt. Baldy" above Deer Park in Marin.
King Mountain Loop Trail: Woodsy loop path with bay views above Larkspur in Marin.
Phoenix Lake: Marin Watershed treasure, launching point for countless hikes, or great for a quiet moment to reflect.
Stafford Lake Nature Walk: Easy rolling hill nature trail walk with raptors above and waterfowl on Stafford Lake in view.
Rocky Point Road to Steep Ravine Cabins: Stunning views mark this short, steep walk from the Shoreline Highway to Steep Ravine Cabins.
Muir Beach Overlook: Great view spot to the Pacific, San Francisco and Point Reyes, all near scenic Muir Beach.
Richardson Bay Kayaking: Paddle along the shore of Sausalito, seeing harbor seals and sea birds, with Mt. Tam looming in view.
Old Bunker Road: Great views on one mile trail between Marine Mammal Center and Battery Townsley in the Marin Headlands.
Owl Trail: Breathtaking Pacific views between Muir Beach Overlook and Slide Ranch.
Las Gallinas Pond Walk: Wildlife pond walk with beautiful Marin views at water sanitation district in San Rafael.
Bothin Marsh: Flat, easy trail through bird-filled marshes with easy access from Highway 101 in Mill Valley.
Oakwood Valley - Alta Trail: Woodsy covered trail near Tennessee Valley rises to bay views on the Alta Trail.
Cataract Trail to Cataract Falls: Scenic trail to iconic Cataract Falls filled with wood and stone steps and rustic bridges.
Rodeo Lagoon Loop - Marin Headlands: 1.5 mile loop walk around Rodeo Lagoon featuring views of birds and Rodeo Beach surfers.
Kent Lake from Shafter Bridge: Deep blue water surrounded by pine forest in the always lovely Marin Watershed.
Eldridge Grade - Windy Ridge: Hike that offers Mt. Tam's best features, from high ridge mountain and bay views to narrow forest paths.
Tucker Trail: Tucker Trail and Tucker Cutoff Trail offer waterfalls, wooden footbridges, steep trails above ravines, wild irises and more.
Tennessee Point Labyrinth: Marin Headlands walk featuring a stone labyrinth and stunning views above Rodeo Beach.
Dipsea Trail from Pantoll: Ocean and forest view section of classic Mount Tam trail with twisty narrow stairs in Marin.
Fort Baker: Pleasant little cove with San Francisco skyline views at historic military site under the northern foot of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Batteries Loop Trail-Marin Headlands: Glorious views in all directions from an easy half mile loop walk above Rodeo Lagoon.
Baltimore Canyon-Dawn Falls: Earthy paths through redwoods and fern-lined paths lead to the twisty ascent to Dawn Falls.
Carson Falls: Scenic views, chaparral and forest terrain, and a waterfall with rare yellow-legged frogs in the Marin Watershed.
Point Reyes/Samuel P. Taylor (in Marin County, but merit separate list):
Tomales Point - Point Reyes: Tule elk herds, coastal bluffs, and rolling hills between the Pacific and Tomales Bay.
Chimney Rock - Point Reyes: Stunning views with a moderate walk at the far reaches of dramatic Point Reyes.
Lagunitas Creek Walk: Shady, cool creekside walk near Samuel P. Taylor State Park offers salmon viewing opportunities from late fall to early spring.
Olema Bolinas Ridge Walk: Lovely rolling hills through cow pastures on a ridge between Tomales Bay and Bolinas Lagoon.
Barnabe Peak from Madrone Camp: Stunning high views on trail from Samuel P. Taylor State Park camping area.
Bass Lake: Coastal Trail leads to a woodsy lake with a rope swing at the Point Reyes National Seashore.
Pioneer Tree Trail: Woodsy walk among old growth redwoods in Samuel P. Taylor State Park.
Devil's Gulch: Open spaces and dark mossy trails along a creek in Samuel P Taylor State Park.
Lands End Lookout to Mile Rock Beach: Grand views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin, sandy stairs, and a rocky beach.
Wave Organ - Crissy Field: Easy walk with glorious views in every direction.
Fort Funston Beach Walk: Hang gliders, dogs, stunning views, and the beach in San Francisco.
Marshall's Beach from Immigrant Point: Stunning views, scenic stairways, and a dramatically close view of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Ocean Beach - North End: Iconic beach at the western edge of San Francisco, with views of the Marin Headlands and Farallon Islands.
Lobos Creek to Baker Beach: Mysterious back pathway along the last natural stream in San Francisco to Baker Beach.
Glen Canyon Park from Above: Dramatic views and rock formations right within San Francisco.
Lake Merced-Harding Park Stroll: Easy walk with birds and boats in view in the southwest corner of San Francisco.
Fort Point: Stairway climbs and stunning views from right beneath the Golden Gate Bridge.
China Beach Stroll: Charming little cove offering dramatic views behind San Francisco's Sea Cliff neighborhood.
Labyrinth at Lands End: Stone labyrinth vibes above Mile Rock Beach, with stunning Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands views.
Magnolia Stroll at San Francisco Botanical Garden: A winter walk in the San Francisco Botanical Garden offers glorious magnolia blossom displays.
Lobos Valley Boardwalk Stroll: Short, no-hills walk through restored dune habitat near Lobos Creek in San Francisco's Presidio.
Japanese Tea Garden Stroll: Easy, picturesque walk with a Japanese aesthetic in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
Fort Mason Stairs to Hyde Street Pier: Take stairs from historic site with classic San Francisco views to historic ships on Hyde Street Pier.
Strawberry Hill and Stow Lake Pagoda: Pretty lakeside stroll in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park haunted by its own historic ghost!
Glen Canyon Park from Below: Lower trails along a free running creek in scenic Glen Canyon Park in San Francisco.
Ecology Trail In the Presidio: Easy scenic walk from Inspiration Point to the Main Post in San Francisco's Presidio.
Moraga Mosaic Stairs to Grandview Park: Beautiful tiled stairway in San Francisco leads to a hilltop with 360 degree views.
Sutro Baths: Stunning San Francisco historic site at the far western side of the city, good for a view stop or as a starting spot for a hike.
Telegraph Hill Stair Walk: One of San Francisco's most stunning stair walks to a hilltop with views, topped by Coit Tower.
Corona Heights-Randall Museum: Fascinating geology, wildflowers and 360 degree city views near a treasured museum.
Oak Woodlands Trail-Golden Gate Park: Charming trail through coast live oak and eucalyptus trees in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.
Bison, Fly Fishing and Horses - Golden Gate Park: A gentle one-mile loop offers bison, a charming lodge with casting pools, and horse stables.
AIDS Memorial Grove - Golden Gate Park: Tranquil forest and memorial sites that invite quiet contemplation in the comfort of nature.
Golden Gate Overlook Walk: Short walk along Presidio batteries path with stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Interior Green Belt-Mount Sutro: Dark, winding woodsy paths on Mount Sutro in San Francisco, featuring interesting geological structures.
Conservatory of Flowers: Stroll through tropical plant exhibits surrounded by charming vintage architecture in Golden Gate Park.
Ocean Beach - South End: Sand and surf at the far western edge of San Francisco.
Fort Funston Upper Trails: Dog-friendly trails through sand dunes and ice plants, with dramatic coastal views.
Wood Line - Presidio: Magical curving environmental art path through a eucalyptus forest in the San Francisco's Presidio.
Lily Pond - Golden Gate Park: Hidden gem within San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, near the Conservatory of Flowers.
Palace of Fine Arts City Stroll: Urban stroll around the scenic lagoon of the Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District.
Buena Vista Park Stroll: Green paths and oak trees offer a nature break near Haight Street in San Francisco.
Stow Lake Outer Loop: Charming old stone bridge, rippling reflections, waterfowl and a boat house make for a lovely stroll.
Metson Lake - Golden Gate Park: Charming tiny lake in Golden Gate Park offers quiet reflections amidst flowers and birds.
Dragonfly Creek to Fort Scott - Presidio: Moody stone steps and bridge lead to historic fort space with Golden Gate Bridge view.
Rose Garden - Golden Gate Park: Lovely stopping spot as part of a Golden Gate Park, whether rose season or not.
Lyon Street Steps - San Francisco Stair Walk: Iconic San Francisco stair walk with bay views near the historic Presidio.
Goldsworthy Spire to National Cemetery Overlook: From towering environmental sculpture to sublime views from historic grounds.
Mount Davidson: Misty stone stairs and eucalyptus lined paths lead to views from the highest spot in San Francisco.
El Polin Spring - Presidio Walk: Easy one mile loop takes visitors through historic natural spring in San Francisco's Presidio.
Jack Early Park - San Francisco Stair Walk: Charming North Beach/Telegraph Hill stair walk with grand views of the Bay.
Eagle's Point: Scenic viewing area on San Francisco's Lands End Trail, with grand views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin.
Fort Miley at Lands End: Historic batteries above San Francisco's Lands End trail area, with woodsy trails and ocean views.
Sutro Heights: Park at the far western edge of San Francisco, with architectural remnants and ocean views.
Queen Wilhelmina Garden: Golden Gate Park highlight spot featuring flowers year round, known for stunning tulips in the spring.
Alta Plaza Park-San Francisco Stair Walk: City park with a grand stairway and 360 degree views in Pacific Heights.
Fuchsia Dell-Golden Gate Park: Shady, quiet space in Golden Gate Park featuring lovely fuchsia blossoms and other flowers.
Sand Ladder to Baker Beach: Steep sandy stairs to Baker Beach with dramatic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands.
San Mateo County:
Fitzgerald Marine Reserve: Tidepools, harbor seals, and a pretty forest walk.
Devil's Slide: Notoriously dangerous road turned to stunning hiking path.
Milagra Ridge: Gently rolling trails overlooking Pacifica and the Pacific, at a former Nike missile site.
Mori Point: Dramatic coast views, whale watching, and glorious sunsets are big payoffs for a short walk.
Mussel Rock and Paragliders: Stunning ocean views, sea birds and paragliders make this short walk a visual treat.
San Bruno Mountain - Saddle Trail: High ridges with bay views, to narrow tunnel paths and eucalyptus groves above Brisbane, CA.
El Corte de Madera Creek: Deep dark redwood paths after driving a deep dark redwood road.
Pedro Point South Ridge Trail: Short but steep trail offers stunning views in all directions, above the iconic Pedro Point.
Rockaway Beach via Calera Creek Path: Easy walk with grassy fields and surfer beach views in Pacifica, CA.
Montara Beach: Ever-changing ocean deep blues and aquamarines highlight this simple, pretty beach between Pacifica and Half Moon Bay.
Pacifica Pier from Mori Point: Three-mile round trip walk on mostly flat paths with gorgeous ocean views in Pacifica.
Pulgas Ridge: Mixed shade and open area trails with many hike options to choose from, featuring a variety of wildflowers in the spring.
Rockaway Beach to Pacifica State Beach: Two Pacifica beaches in one hike, with great views of the coast in both directions.
San Bruno Mountain - Ridge Trail: Grand views in all directions from this high ridge trail on San Bruno Mountain.
Gray Whale Cove Trail: Short but steep loop hike with dramatic views in McNee Ranch south of Devil's Slide.
Pillar Point Harbor - Mavericks Beach: From scenic harbor with birds and seals to wild waves on Mavericks Beach.
Avalon Canyon: Dramatic descent through steep canyon to stunning stretch of Pacific shore in Daly City.
San Pedro Valley Montara Mountain-Brooks Creek Loop: Ocean and mountain views through eucalyptus, manzanita and chaparral terrain.
Burleigh Murray Ranch Trail: Scenic eucalyptus lined walk to old ranch site, and grassy trails beyond to wooden water towers.
Big Sur/Monterey/Carmel/Santa Cruz:
Pacific Valley Bluff Trail: This Big Sur hike offers spectacular view and a gentle walk through grassy fields with cattle.
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve: Postcard-perfect views complete with sea otters, just south of Monterey and Carmel.
Año Nuevo Elephant Seal Adventure: Iconic destination for learning about elephant seals and local nature facts in a beautiful setting.
Asilomar State Beach: One mile stretch of stunning beach and tide pools at the western edge of Pacific Grove.
Lovers Point Sunset Stroll: Rare east facing view on the West Coast at iconic Lovers Point in Pacific Grove/Monterey.
Pfeiffer Beach - Big Sur: Iconic keyhole rock formation and purple sand highlight this Big Sur beauty.
Bay Bridge Walk: Fast traffic on one side and harbor seals on the other on the Bay Bridge east span pedestrian path.