The Bay Area's Best Sunset Hikes

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It's tough to beat a San Francisco sunset and near impossible when you've got the best seat in the house. Here are five amazing hikes, long and short, that lead to some of the most beautiful vantage points around the city.


Enjoy Iconic Views Along Marshall's Beach

What could be a better canvas for a golden California sunset than a sandy beach, the Pacific Ocean, and the majestic Golden Gate Bridge? Make the short hike down the wooden steps to this beautiful beach and you'll find that this pretty much takes the cake.

Insider Tip: Head to Clement Street for a casual bite after your hike. There are a ton of fantastic options and we recommend Pizza Orgasmica. The name says it all.

Hike the Highest Peak in SF

You may be surprised to learn that Mt. Davidson, not Twin Peaks, is the highest point in San Francisco. You shouldn't be surprised, then, that the sunset views from the peak of Mt. Davidson are unbeatable.

Insider Tip: If you have a dog, bring your four-legged friend along and remember to bring a leash.

Sweeping City Views From Bernal Heights

Looking for your quick and easy weeknight escape? This short hike—okay, more like a stroll—to the top of Bernal Heights Park is the perfect spot for a picnic, drinks, and of course, the sun setting on the San Francisco skyline.

Insider Tip: Hit up the grocery store down the street from the park at the intersection of Mission and Virginia to stock up on picnic goods.

Sunset Hike To Mile Rock Beach

The 1.8 mile hike to Mile Rock Beach is just enough to keep the crowds away, but short enough that you can watch the sunset and make it back before it gets too dark. The sunset on this secluded beach is more than worth the mileage—just don't tell the tourists.

Insider Tip: If you've worked up an appetite, stop by the Cliff House for a quick bite, or several of the underrated restaurants nearby in the Outer Richmond.

Explore Rodeo Beach

A long walk on the beach counts as a hike, right? We think so, too. Pop over the Golden Gate Bridge and catch a pulled-back view of your city from this gorgeous sandy beach. Check out the rock formations, maybe even go for a surf, and settle in for an epic sunset.

Insider Tip: Looking for a place to grab a bite after the sun sets? Pick up a Punjabi burrito from Avatar's in Mill Valley.