5 San Francisco Hikes to Do Before El Niño Hits

5 San Francisco Hikes to Do Before El Niño Hits


In San Francisco, the phrase “winter is coming” isn’t all that applicable. The temperatures drop about 5 degrees, Karl the Fog rolls in more often, and we get the occasional drizzle. This year however, as you probably know, El Niño is supposed to strike any second now. Make sure you get your fill of these five San Francisco hikes before the rain begins. 

1. Hike Mt. Sutro Open Space Preserve

How many cities have a forested mountain with miles of trails right in the middle of town? Even on a sunny day, it can be slightly muddy so you definitely want to explore these trails before they get drenched. Learn more.

Insider Tip: The staircase on the west entrance has some amazing views of the Sunset district and the Pacific Ocean. If you head out that way, walk down to 9th and Irving where you’ll have a ton of options for food and drink.

2. Hike the Lands End Trail

Located right on the top of coastal cliffs with absolutely unbelievable views of the Pacific Ocean, this is one of San Francisco’s best hikes. Coastal views aren’t quite the same when you can’t see the epic sunset, so head out here before the rainy days come. Learn more.  

Insider Tip: Head to one of the many underrated restaurants nearby in the Richmond district afterwards. Hot Sauce and Panko are favorites of ours.

3. Sunset Hike to Mile Rock Beach

A beach day isn’t really a beach day in the rain, is it? Located 100 or so steps down from the main trail, you’ll find this mysterious little beach that will make you feel like you’re in an old pirate movie. Learn more.

Insider Tip: If you've worked up an appetite, stop by the Cliff House for a quick bite

4. Explore The Presidio’s Hidden Treasures

While the coastal trails get most of the attention here, the park covers 300 acres of prime real estate with lots of great trails. These trails do get super muddy after a good rain and there are some hills—not a super fun combination for hiking, so get out there while the trails are still dry. Learn more.

Insider Tip: When you're done exploring, treat yourself to some comfort food and drinks at Liverpool Lil's.

5. Hike Mount Davidson

The view from San Francisco’s highest point is infinitely better on a clear day. You can see all across the city and over the water to the East Bay. On a rainy day, you may not even be able to see Mount Davidson’s neighbor, Twin Peaks. Learn more

Insider Tip: The hike is short—you can made the round-trip in well under an hour if you get moving. If you have some time, grab a sandwich from Monterey Deli a few blocks away and take in the view.



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