Hiking and Brunch: The Perfect Sunday Combo

Posted by Jordan Bailey

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The only thing we love more than a good Sunday morning hike is an amazing Sunday morning brunch. We put together a few of our favorite hiking and brunch combinations to help you make the most of your Sunday.

Paul Sussman hang gliding at Fort Funston SF. www.ScottHessPhoto.com

Fort Funston For a Dog-Friendly Brunch (San Francisco)

If you want to take your pup on your Sunday morning adventure, head to Fort Funston. Skip the paved path, and head down the hill to the south of the parking lot for miles of dog-friendly beach. Fort Funston is also one of the best hang gliding spots in the country, so be sure to catch a glimpse of the gliders on your trip.

When should I go? March and October are the best months for hang gliding, so you’ll see the most action during these months. Check out the observation deck for the best gliding views.

Where is it? In the Southwest corner of San Francisco, near the Outer Sunset.

What about brunch? Close to Fort Funston is Outerlands — our favorite hip, simple and dog-friendly brunch spot in the Outer Sunset. There’s usually a wait on the weekends, so we recommend putting your name on the list and then heading over to Trouble Coffee (that coffee spot you heard about on NPR) to try out their cinnamon toast while you wait for a table. Make sure to get an outdoor table to keep your furry friend happy.

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Point Bonita Lighthouse For a DIY Brunch (Marin)

If you’re a short-distance hiker, the Point Bonita Lighthouse Trail is the hike for you. This is a very short trail (just 0.5 miles!) that’ll take you right up to the lighthouse and provide jaw-dropping views of the Pacific Cliffs along the way.

When should I go? During the afternoon on Saturday-Monday, so you can venture inside the lighthouse for free.

Where is it? In the Marin Headlands, 20 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

What about brunch? Pack yourself a picnic to enjoy at nearby Battery Wallace Park. They’ve got grills and picnic tables overlooking the bridge to make for a scenic, convenient and excellent picnic spot. We recommend bringing some fruit, a few pastries and mimosas.

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Land’s End For Oh-God-Those-Views (San Francisco)

Yes, you’ve probably heard of this one before. But if you’re looking for a hike that pairs easily with fancy brunch, requires minimal physical activity and has the most spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge around, then you should probably revisit this classic at Land’s End.

When should I go? On a clear, sunny Sunday morning to catch great views of the bridge.

Where is it? Start at the Pacific Heights end and walk the Coastal Trail towards Sutro Baths, taking plenty of breaks along the way to take in the gorgeous views.

What about brunch? Once you reach Sutro Baths, you’re just a five minute walk from the most delicious brunch of your life at Cliff House. Ask your Scout to make a reservation a week in advance for either the 12pm or 2pm seating and indulge in a gourmet buffet, bottomless mimosas and spectacular views of the waves below. It’s not a cheap brunch, but treat yourself, you earned it.

To make reservations or get directions to any of these, simply open your app and ask a Scout. It’s free, and that’s what we’re here for :)

Photos By: Frank Schulenburg and Scott Hess
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