4 Revitalizing Lunch-Hour Hikes to Try in San Francisco

4 Revitalizing Lunch-Hour Hikes to Try in San Francisco


It's lunch time! Close your laptop, take a breath, lace up your sneakers, and take on one of these these four mid-day hikes. Even science says a small trek through a mid-day-lit wood is a good idea. Just don't forget to eat!

Presidio Heights Ecology Trail

The Presidio Heights Ecology trails combs through some of SF's most picturesque and Instagrammable landscapes. Be sure to take advantage of the blooming Presidio Clarkia flowers lining the hillsides—you won't see them anywhere else. To trek the whole trail system is about forty-minutes; the entire loop is just over 1.5 miles. // baynature.org/trail-finder

Bay Area Ridge Trail Segment

The Presidio Heights segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail is swept by a cool, maritime breeze. Be sure to enjoy the crests and troughs of the secluded grasslands while snacking on the go. We'd recommend parking at Warming Hut Cafe if you need to take your car to the trail head; the whole trek is about 1.5 miles from Warming Hut Cafe to Fort Scott Field and back. // baynature.org/trail-finder

Twin Peaks Summit

Twin Peaks is the undisputed best lookout over San Francisco, plus it's guaranteed to give life back to your legs after hours of sitting. There's plenty of parking spots located at the summit, so start there and work your way down. We suggest hiking through the dirt paths as opposed to hugging the road, but make sure you pack an extra pair of tennis shoes and a jacket for the chilly summit and dirt trails. The hike is about 1.5-miles from the summit to the bottom Portola Dr.

Crissy Field

No, it's not a swampland. But, yes, it is a place populated by seabirds and sea life and scenic backdrops. Located just a couple blocks from Daredevil Coffee, grab an afternoon pick-me-up and take a long and leisurely walk around the restored tidal marsh. In the warmer summer months, make sure you have a change of clothes so that you're not sweating in your suit. This hike is a 1 mile loop around Crissy Field Marsh.

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