Runners on the Coastal Trail (©Mason Cummings/NPS)
With mild weather year-round, countless hiking paths and scenic jogging routes, there’s really no need for a gym membership in San Francisco. From the casual jogger to the marathoner, the city is home to a strong running community. And San Franciscans are known generally for leading healthy and active lifestyles. There’s a reason so many marathons are held here each year. Whether you’re looking for steep hills, varied terrain or inspiring views, here are some of the best jogging routes in San Francisco.
This flat, coastal path extends five miles if you run the complete path from Fort Mason to the Golden Gate Bridge. A tradition among runners is to high-five the sign featuring a pair of life-size hands at Fort Point at the base of the bridge at the end of the run.
Golden Gate Park
With over 1,000 acres, there’s no shortage of jogging paths in Golden Gate Park. JFK Drive is closed to cars on Sundays and holidays year-round and on Saturdays during April-September, making the park even more accessible to runners.
You’ll forget you’re in a city on this wooded path along the Pacific Coast. The varied terrain is popular with trail runners, and the views of the mouth of the bay and Golden Gate Bridge are among the best in the city.
This unusually wide and flat stretch of sidewalk hugs the city’s coastline for more than six miles. The complete route begins at AT&T Park and takes you alongside vintage streetcars, under the Bay Bridge, alongside public artworks, including Cupid’s Span, and past Pier 39 to Fisherman's Wharf.
Especially popular with dog walkers and hang gliders, the network of trails, including a 1.9-mile loop, are also ideal for a jog or hike.