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With San Francisco’s hills comprising an iconic landscape, it’s no wonder the city by the bay has some of the most breathtaking views in the world, particularly at sunset. Similar to LA's hikes , the numerous lookouts in San Francisco will be well worth the trek once you’ve reach the top. Climbing dirt trails in the middle of Cypress trees or weaving your way up concrete paths in residential neighborhoods will lead you to impressive views under a golden sky. We’ve compiled our top five sunset hikes with sprawling views of both bay and city, accessible to all hiking levels.  

Mount Davidson

Boasting the highest natural point in San Francisco, Mount Davidson stands at an elevation of 928 feet tall. The mountain top park spans 40 acres and is laced with hiking trails offering expansive city views. Mount Davidson’s most notable feature is the 103-foot concrete cross situated on the crest of the hill, marking one of the five crosses built during the depression in 1934. You’ll begin by making your way through the woods on unmarked trails, staying mindful not to get lost. Descending gently, views north to downtown begin to unfold, revealing the city's skyline with the bay just beyond. Distance : 1.5 mile loop Difficulty : Easy Trailhead : Myra Way & Dalewood Way, San Francisco

Lands End

The northwest corner of San Francisco holds some of the most gorgeous views in the world. With the most traveled trail within Lands End being the Coastal Trail, each twist and turn will have you gasping. You’ll walk through hillsides surrounded by cypress trees and seasonal wildflowers, with occasional sightings of red tail hawks. Sprawling ocean views and the Golden Gate Bridge make for multiple photo ops, so carve out about two hours to soak up the hike entirely. Begin at the visitor center, heading north to wander the Sutro Bath ruins, taking in their rich cultural history. When you reach the end of the trail you’ll turn around and head back, just in time to watch the sun set on the rugged coastline views at the Cliff House. Distance : 2.9 miles out and back Difficulty : Easy Trailhead : 680 Point Lobos Avenue, San Francisco

Bernal Heights Park

Walk the brief (but steep) climb to summit Bernal Hil l and arrive to 360 degree panoramic views of the entire San Francisco Bay, downtown, the Golden Gate Bridge and the rolling hills of the East Bay. You’ll suddenly feel minute when taking in the expansive views from the top, much like the dogs that are certain to run by as this is one of the only dog parks in the city. A breeze usually accommodates this hike, so dress warmly while soaking up the park’s peaceful essence. The hill is lush and green in the winter, and dry and faded in the summer, showing off completely different terrain depending on the time of year. The tall grass is a perfect place to lay out a blanket and share a bottle of wine, as you’re guaranteed to witness one of the most beautiful sunset points in San Francisco. Distance: 1 mile loop Difficulty: Easy to moderate, depending on route Trailhead: Folsom Street & Ripley Street, San Francisco

Twin Peaks

The urban hike up to Twin Peaks is undeniably San Francisco’s best view, capturing the entire skyline with it’s backdrop of the Pacific Ocean. While buses haul tourists up to the highest point on Twin Peaks, it is much more enjoyable to endure the mile trek on foot. Beginning at the Castro and Market intersection, you’ll walk through residential neighborhoods and up multiple stairways, many of which are directly through homes and driveways (rest assured, the stairs are open to the public). You’ll follow signs to Twin Peaks and upon arrival, Sutro Tower (the city’s most visible icon) will be standing at 977 feet tall. Distance: 3 miles up and back Difficulty: Easy to moderate Trailhead: Castro Street & Market Street, San Francisco

Coit Tower

Telegraph Hill is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods and home to one of two steepest hills in San Francisco, Filbert Street. You’ll start the climb up to Coit Tower via the Filbert Street steps, walking through lush vegetation, public gardens and European-esque cottages tucked into little narrow alleys. Telegraph hill is also home to feral parrots whom you’ll hear before you actually see their vibrant colors flying overhead. Once you reach the top to Coit Tower, you’ll have the option to walk inside and learn the in depth history of the iconic structure on the hill. Be sure not to miss the sunset however, as it enhances views of crooked Lombard Street and the Golden Gate Bridge. Distance: 2.8 miles up and back Difficulty: Moderate Trailhead: Filbert Street Steps