Open your eyes wide to the Bay’s most dazzling vistas, or turn them down to examine its smallest creatures! We’ve curated the best spots to behold San Francisco Bay – hike to the nearest one, or try going for a different perspective. Follow our tips to See the Bay with fresh eyes, regardless of whether it’s your first time or your fiftieth. Then take a moment to observe things on a smaller scale – after all, many of the Bay’s sights are best taken in from just a few feet away.
Five Bay Area Hikes with Spectacular Bay Views
Lands End is one of the great coastal trails along the northwestern corner of San Francisco. This 3.5-mile loop has magnificent views across 30 miles of coastline where you’ll see green hills, wildflowers, shipwrecks, Sutro Bath ruins and the Golden Gate Bridge.
Mount Tamalpais is in the heart of Marin County, and its trails are endless. If you’re feeling adventurous, consider the 15.4-mile hike from Stinson Beach to the 2,571-foot peak. On a clear day, you can see the Farallon Islands, Marin County hills, San Francisco Bay, East Bay and Mount Diablo.
Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve offers breathtaking views from the East to the West. Nestled in the Berkeley hills, you can stroll through towering trees and native flora and fauna along the Strawberry Canyon Fire Trail. Consider a picnic dinner and enjoy the sunset.
Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge spans 30,000 acres and is an oasis for millions of migratory birds and endangered species. Hit the visitor’s center and choose your trail—whether you want to stroll through a butterfly garden, walk the boardwalk over the marsh, or hike and bike along the levee, there’s something for everyone.
Mountain View Cemetery may not be at the top of your list, but it’s a beautiful garden cemetery in the foothills of Oakland with expansive views and serene spaces with fountains and lush landscapes. Designed by Frederick Olmsted, it is the resting place of many famous personalities including Julia Morgan, Samuel Merritt, Lydia Flood Jackson, Anthony Chabot and Kate Carew.
Save the Bay Staff Picks: Bay Recreation Hotspots
At Save The Bay, we believe the best way to stay inspired to protect the Bay is to SEE and experience it first hand. Our Bay Saving Team always explores the Bay, and their adventures uncover some hidden and well-known gems. Here are a few of their favorite spots.