Short Hikes in SF You Can Do After Work This Week

Posted by Jordan Bailey

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If you’re anything like us, you probably spend the majority of your after-work hours on the couch watching Netflix. We love Narcos as much as you do, but this week we want to shake up our routine by kicking off hike week: a week’s worth of posts with great hikes.

Here are four short hikes you can do after work this week.

Bernal Hill, San Francisco

Bernal Heights Hill

This 40-minute trail is mostly uphill, but the views you’ll get from the top will be so rewarding you’ll forget how much your glutes hurt. Think Twin Peaks’ views without the tourists. 

Where is it? In Bernal Heights, pretty close to the Mission.

What’s the best way to do it? Take a flashlight with you and go at night. To see the 360-degree views of the city lit up from this spot is absolutely breath-taking.


Historic Trail at Mount Sutro

Tucked in between two houses on Stanyan St. is a set of wooden stairs that leads to Historic Trail. Follow the path through the forest to the open meadow at the summit of Mount Sutro. Once you cross Medical Center Way, you’ll have clear views of Golden Gate Park and the Inner Sunset. 

Where is it? In the Inner Sunset, near UCSF.

What’s the best way to do it? Take in the thick greenery around you as you meander through the tall eucalyptus trees in this forest. Afterwards, head to Zazie — a delicious French bistro made popular by frequent visits from Johnny Ives. Go on a Monday night if you want to bring your pup! Monday’s at Zazie are dog-friendly.


Mount Davidson

The highest natural point in San Francisco, Mount Davidson will reward your mile-long hike along the main trail with some amazing views of the whole city. At the top is one of the world’s tallest crosses. It stands at 103-feet tall and serves as a memorial to those who died in the 1920s Armenian Genocide.

Where is it? To the west of Diamond Heights.

What’s the best way to do it? If you’re up for an early morning, this is the perfect place to watch the sun rise over the city before work. Afterwards, head to the dead tree for a cool photo opp.


Slackers Hill

If you’re feeling a little more ambitious, head to Slackers Hill, a beautiful point just over the Golden Gate Bridge.

Where is it? In Marin, very close to Sausalito.

What’s the best way to do it? This is a beyond beautiful place to see the sun set over the bridge. Bring a friend and a bottle of wine and enjoy the colorful views. You may also want to bring a jacket, as it can get a little chilly with the winds blowing in off the Pacific.

Photos By: Todd Lappin, Duluoz CatsCary Bass-Deschenes, John Loo

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