The sun is shining bright and there's a hint of fall in the air. We can't think of a better time to enjoy SF's open spaces.
Here are four urban hikes built for enjoying the season.
Just a few blocks away from the heart of Cole Valley, Mt Sutro's Historic Trail beckons. Covered in more than a thousand acres of eucalyptus and filled with trees that rival Muir Woods, this secluded network of trails will lead you more than 900 feet above sea level for unparalleled views.
Mount Sutro Historic Trail, 17th and Stanyan, Inner Sunset.
Glen Canyon Park
Disappear into more than 60 acres of forested trails rich with native plants, stunning rock formations, and great horned owls. Hike to Billy Goat Hill for a hair-raising ride on the rope swing or test your strength on the 250-step climb up the Harry Stairs.
Glen Canyon Park, Elk & Chenery St., Diamond Heights (415-831-6330)
On the hunt for a spectacular city panorama? Look no further than the Castro's steep rocky hilltops of Corona Heights. Lounge along the boulders and enjoy a picnic with a view before hopping a few blocks over to Buena Vista Park.
Corona Heights, Flint and 16th St, The Castro.
From the historic Sutro Baths to a hidden labyrinth, Lands End has plenty of secrets tucked away along its rugged coastline. Finish before the fog sets in and reward yourself with a drink at Cliff House or extend your sunset stroll down to an Ocean Beach bonfire.
Lands End Lookout, 680 Point Lobos Ave, Sea Cliff (415-426-5240).