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Explore San Francisco and Marin's Natural Coastline and The Golden Gate on Foot
Small Groups - Trips are limited to 10 walkers or less. Book online or call us for a reservation.
Weekday Walks - Our walks are mostly offered on weekdays to ensure you have a memorable experience not compromised by weekend crowds.
Loop Routes! - All our walks are are easy to moderately strenuous loops, about 3-4 hours in length and starting and ending in the same place.
Expert local guide - All tours are led by native San Franciscan Ben Davidson,, who has the insiders track and insight not found in guide books or online.
Get the Perfect Photo! - Do you love to take photos, want to learn more techniques? No worries, Coastal Walkers guide Ben Davidson is a nationally published photographer and veteran active traveler. He will share his photo tips and expertise to help you get that perfect shot of the Golden Gate Bridge and the beautiful natural coastline of San Francisco Bay.
Experience the Natural Side of the Golden Gate Coastline - See marine mammals like sea lions, harbor seals, pods of harbor porpoise, and, depending on the season, migrating gray, humpback and blue whales. Bird lovers will enjoy the over 250 species of coastal birds, including hawks, cormorants, pelicans, and hummingbirds. In spring and summer, a wide variety of hardy coastal plants are in bloom along our paths.
Note: Private and Custom Walks Available on Request
Coastal Walkers' guided San Francisco walking tours are the very best way to see the iconic, moody Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, Marin's ancient Redwood forests and San Francisco Bay close-up. Stroll the city's scenic shoreline and visit its beautiful hidden beaches and cliff-hugging paths. Enjoy spring wildflowers and learn about the region's natural and maritime history from your expert local guides as you follow coastal foot paths and trails to famous viewpoints, and secret spots known only to a relative few. See panoramic views so naturally stunning you will forget that a major West Coast city is directly behind you. Dip your feet in the Pacific (brrr!) and enjoy the fresh salt-air, brisk ocean breezes and wide views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Bay and the Marin Headlands. Love to take photos? Whether you shoot with a cellphone and selfie stick, or a high-powered DSLR, our tours bring you to dramatic photo stops on San Francisco's magnificent Golden Gate coastline.
SOME OF OUR REVIEWS
November 30, 2017
Had such a lovely and relaxing day hiking with Greg! The hike was beautiful - redwood trees, waterfall, and homes of Mill Valley were all gorgeous - and not too strenuous. Definitely would not have discovered Mill Valley or this trail otherwise, and I'm glad I did!
November 15, 2017
Greg, Ben's partner, was a wonderful guide: knowledgeable, friendly, and super thoughtful. We wound through a neighborhood set among the redwoods, then hit a rolling trail, with its clear waterfalls, ancient trees, crisp leaves underfoot, and stunning views of Mount Tamalpais. It's hard to describe the sensation: fragrant, woodsy, majestic, and very very private (in three hours, we passed six people and eight dogs). We stopped for lunch at the end, halfway down a 14-story staircase plunked deep in the woods. Marvelous!
November 3, 2017
This is an incredible experience! Ben is a wonderful guide, especially since he grew up playing in the Redwoods. For more than 3 hours, Ben took us on magical paths and trails through the Redwoods, while imparting information only a native could know. DO NOT MISS THIS EXPERIENCE!!! IT IS AWESOME!!!
Edith - Trip Advisor - Review of: San Francisco Walking Tour: Golden Gate Bridge to Marshall Beach *****
November 15, 2017
If you like walking and love to see the Golden Gate Bridge from a less touristy spot, the coastal walk is a great way. The start was at Crissy Field where you can grab a sandwich for lunch at the warming hut. We had almost a private tour, only two of us booked it. Ben our guide was very knowledgeable and informative. First we visited Fort Point which is located just under the Golden Gate Bridge. We went on along the coast trail to the little known Marshall Beach where we also enjoyed our lunch. The unique views to the Golden Gate and to the coast were spectacular, even it was foggy. Sometimes the Bridge was more covered sometime less, but it was stunning. The walking distance with 8 km and some moderate up and down is not difficult if you wear proper shoes and are used to walk a bit. Bring also a warm jumper with you. It is perfect for guys who love the nature and less touristy places.
Mark B. - Trip Advisor - Review of Lands End Walk *****
August 5, 2017
Greg, our guide, did a great job. The pace was right, and the local knowledge was very interesting. The views on the hike are incredible. Every minute there is a another great view. We would not have seen most of this without a guide. It's nice to just hike, take in the views, and not have to worry about getting lost. And we leanred a lot about the history of the area.
Tracy - Trip Advisor - Review of San Francisco Walking Tour: Golden Gate Bridge to Marshall Beach *****
Easily the best 3 hours hours I spent in San Francisco! Ben was exceptionally knowledgable about the area and we went to many places off the beaten track and away from the usual tourist spots.
It was quite foggy early on which was tricky but made for some great photos and Ben took me to multiple places in the hope of getting the best shots. Little things like bringing extra water and sweets were a really nice touch!
Couldn't recommend this tour enough. If you're up for a nice walk and want to get away from all the tourists around the bridge, this is the tour for you!
Macy - Yelp Review - Redwoods of Marin *****
May 13, 2016
Hiking through Muir Woods has been on my bucket list since high school (and I won't tell you how long ago that was). So when the opportunity arose to join Coastal Walkers for a loop from Mt. Tam to Muir Woods and back, I jumped at it! Greg was our group's guide and he was stellar! His knowledge about the area was impressive, and it was so fun to chat with him about the travels he's experienced - when you meet him, be sure to ask about his biking adventures world-wide!
Hiking with Greg was like hiking with an old friend. The entire group was relaxed, engaged, and we've all kept in touch on social media since. I cannot recommend signing up for a walking tour with Coastal Walkers more - DO IT!
Jason - Yelp Review - Lands End *****
July 23, 2015
Let's start with the guides - Greg and Ben really know their stuff. While I thought i would learn a bit about the history of the region, these guys were absolutely full of local knowledge, random facts and info. on everyone and anyone who's ever filmed a movie scene, owned property, perished in the surf or walked the cliffs around Land's End. And I loved listening to their stories about what the area was like when they grew up in the neighborhood in the 60s and how its changed over the years. Greg is a wealth of travel knowledge of not only San Francisco, but the Bay Area and basically the entire world so it was great hear his thoughts about the next places on my bucket list. Ben is a long-time travel photographer which was a great resource during the walk as I fumbled around with a camera that is high in potential if you know what you're doing.
The walk was a great mix of history, exercise and beauty...While not overly strenuous it felt good to be up and moving for a few hours, with a couple sections that required a little extra push. The Sutro Baths, sutros house and gardens and basically the views up and down the coast and of the golden gate bridge were breathtaking. As Greg mentioned at one point, we were in the most remote and wild part of San Francisco proper, a spot on the coast that could very well have been in Oregon, not a couple miles from downtown.
I've been down to Land's End before but honestly, this walk took me to places I never knew existed. What makes this so worth it are the stories and history of the area,but not just the facts that you read about at the information center. These guys have been surfing here for 50 years, hiking the area before it was revamped by the city and it feels like they were probably riding the train out to the amusement park at the turn of the 20th century. They definitely made it for me and gave me a completely new perspective of this hidden little gem of beauty that only few people venture down to for views of the golden gate.
Karen - Trip Advisor Review - Sausalito Waterfront and Golden Gate Bridge Overlook *****
March 22, 2017
My wife and I booked this walk, and are so glad we did. What a great experience with a with a wonderful guide who provided a wealth of knowledge along the way. Spectacular scenery, if we ever return to the bay area we will be calling "Coastal Walkers" again.