Shipwrecks are scattered across Lands End, the spectacular uncultivated coast that connects the landmark Cliff House and Palace of the Legion of Honor. Wildlife abounds in the cypress forest; cormorants and oystercatchers perch on rocks carried to shore by sea lions. Explore the cliff-hugging trails, scenic overlooks, and paths to surrounding beaches.

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Expert Review of Land's End

Parks and Outdoors Review of Land's End

Away Travel Expert: Ann Marie Brown
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ParksExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Birding,Day Hiking
Parks and OutdoorsExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • Land's End is the wildest locale in San Francisco, the place where the city ends and the wild blue Pacific begins. While the tourists are eating crab cocktails at the Cliff House, you can set out on the Land's End Coastal Trail and hike to Mile Rock Beach, Eagle's Point, and other oceanfront locales that feature million-dollar views of crashing surf, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Marin Headlands.
  • A favorite of San Francisco locals but little known to visitors, Sutro Heights Park is located right across Point Lobos Avenue from the Merrie Way entrance to Land's End. An easy trail loops through the ruins of Adolph Sutro's estate, providing a fascinating glimpse into the life of the 1880s entrepreneur and amazing views of the Cliff House and Pacific Coast beyond.
  • On summer weekends, be prepared for an anatomy lesson at Mile Rock Beach. Nude sunbathing is common on this rocky stretch of sand.

Near San Francisco's Cliff House
Point Lobos Avenue & Merrie Way
San Francisco, California

Visitor Information

Telephone Number: 415-561-4700
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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