Adventure: Sunset hike to Marshall’s Beach
CRAVE: Last rays of the day glowing on the Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco has such a variety of, well, everything. You can find amazing sunsets from the top of Top of the Mark while having a glass of bubbly, from the peaks of Hawk Hill across the bridge, or with citywide view from the top of Twin Peaks.
I have to say, my new favorite sunset spot is definitely Marshall’s Beach.
This spot is slightly off the beaten path, with a trailhead just past Baker Beach. With a quick climb down .5 miles of sturdy, wooden stairs, and a nimble scamper across a large staggered collection of rocks and you are there!
Head down about an hour before sunset to give yourself time to make it through the trails and enjoy the parade of colors in the sky as the light changes.
Be warned, you will be torn on where to look. Whether at the last setting rays of sunshine or at the glorious Golden Gate Bridge as the fiery oranges of its structure come to life, both views are equally gorgeous.
Pro-tip: Parking and traffic around this area can be congested! Use the back roads through the Presidio to come from behind (avoid Lincoln Blvd traffic!), park in one of the lots near Fort Scott Field, walk across Lincoln Blvd, and find the trail head past a small grove of trees. This will give you the quickest access to the trailhead with the least amount of additional hiking from parking eons away.
Enjoy your sunset!