What a City to Walk In!
There’s simply no city like San Francisco when it comes to walking. Whether you’re exploring a hidden alley or are taking in the view from atop of one of the city’s hills, there are endless sides of the city that can only be fully experienced as a pedestrian.
Need ideas and routes for the best walks to do in San Francisco?
For two decades, Walk SF has offered a wide range of walks exploring every corner of San Francisco. So check out the options below and get walking today!
Our Self-Guided, Member-Only Walks
One of the perks of being a Walk SF member is you get free, self-guided routes designed by our expert WalkLab volunteers ~4 times per year. These walks are ~2-4 miles in length, and include turn-by-turn directions plus fun facts and nearby destinations to check out.
Become a Walk SF member to get access right now to our most recent walk. Your membership receipt will include a link and code.
Our Premier Walks
Each fall, we host Peak2Peak – the ultimate urban walking adventure. Each year, our WalkLab volunteers create a top-secret, unique route exploring hidden trails, stunning vistas, and off-the-beaten-path treasures in our beautiful city. Starting in fall 2022, there will be both self-guided and supported options for this always-sells-out hike. Learn more about Peak2Peak.
Each spring, we host an additional walk – and these are always epic. Our Circle the City walk traveled an incredible route along the entire perimeter of the city in six hikes! Our 49 Mile Scenic Walk was inspired by and made possible thanks to Kristine Poggioli and Carolyn Eidson, authors of Walking San Francisco’s 49 Mile Scenic Drive.
The 2022 Golden City Odyssey explored sections of the Crosstown Trail in a 35-mile route, divided into five separate 5- to 9-mile loops.
We endeavor to make our walking events ADA accessible whenever possible. At least one of our self-guided member walks each year is fully ADA accessible, with low-grade, paved surfaces so people using wheelchairs or mobility devices can enjoy the routes.
For Walk SF members with mobility challenges, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can share access to past accessible walks. Our long hikes like Peak2Peak are not accessible due to the type of trails used on many sections (which may be steep, uneven, or unpaved).
Please email email@example.com if you have any questions, feedback, or ideas in regards to our accessible walks.
Ideas for Walks in San Francisco
Our blog has featured a wide range of ideas for walks to take you off the beaten path, including family-friendly walk ideas. Check out these popular ones for inspiration:
- Ideas for winter walks in the new year
- Walk destinations for every part of the city
- Rainy day walk ideas
- Exploring dead ends and alleys
- 13 unpaved roads and alleys
We also highly recommend The Walker’s Map of San Francisco if you want to create your own adventure.
About WalkLab, Our Walk Experts
So how do we continue to create new walks that even the most seasoned walker will love?
It’s because of WalkLab: the group of expert volunteers that leave no path undiscovered. This brain trust of wonderful folks donate their time to make Walk SF’s walks so special. Not only do they know every neighborhood in the city, they bring history, creativity, and San Francisco spirit to each walk.
They never disappoint, and we are indebted to them!
Share Your Walks with Us
We love to see and share where people are walking in San Francisco. Be sure to tag your photos on social media with #IWalkSF and @walksf. We may feature your photo in our newsletter!