TRAIL STATUS & CLOSURE UPDATES
Parking at Candlestick State Recreation Area Closed (info)
Maps & Directions
The trail is not signed but you can use any of the three options below to guide you on your trip.
1. Smartphone Mapping App
Click here to download the OuterSpatial app on your phone. This will let you download all the directions and maps, and show you where you are on the trail in real time!
2. Downloadable Maps
You can download maps suitable for printing at different sizes. These are more detailed versions of the map above with complete street and trail names. Each set covers the entire trail. They pair well with the Route Descriptions. Maps courtesy of Pease Press.
3. Downloadable Route Descriptions (with bathroom info!)
Route descriptions provide detailed turn-by-turn directions to follow on the trail. There is one for each direction by foot or by bicycle. They work well in the browser or printed. A GPX file is also available for those who want to follow using a GPS or similar.
Trail Length & Terrain
The trail crosses a variety of terrain, from flat streets to steep stairways, sidewalks, paved trails, roads, and gravel.
Bicyclists, please note that when stairs are encountered, an alternative/detour route is provided. No specific detour for cyclists is provided for the single-track trails in the Laguna Honda Community Trail System and Golden Gate Park, but you can use nearby roads instead.
The full length of the trail is just under 17 miles (with an additional half-mile to get to the trailhead at Candlestick’s Sunrise Point). The trail is a mix of about 45% roads and sidewalks, 15% paved off-road paths, and 40% trails (dirt, improved gravel paths, boardwalks, etc). It has about 2,600 feet of elevation gain heading in either direction. Each section has its own characteristics, as illustrated by the table and profiles below.
Connections to Public Transit
Sections 2 and 3 (central SF )
- Muni: 6, 23, 35, 36, 43, 44, 48, 52, and 66 lines
- Light Rail: K, L, & M lines at Forest Hill Station
Sections 4 and 5 (northwest SF )
- Muni: N, 1, 5, 7, 28, 29, 38, and 44 lines.