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Now: An area of grand estates, some with ocean and bay views unlike any other place in the city. For visitors, this part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area contains Lands End - a landscaped trail that follows San Francisco's northwest corner from the Sutro area around to China Beach, offering spectacular views and access to the shore.

Then: The Fort Miley military reservation operated gun batteries along the cliffs at Lands End, and the remains of these are still there at the rock outcroppings. Three shipwrecks from the 1920s and 1930s are visible from the trails and vista points.

How To Get There: Not really served by public transportation (except the 29-line, which skirts the area at 25th Avenue as it enters the Presidio), it's really just easier to drive here. Parking is typically easy in and around El Camino del Mar, in and around the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and Lands End (except when very popular exhibitions are going on at the Palace of the Legion of Honor).


  • Seacliff Gate at 30th Avenue and California Street

  • Angelina's Cafe, on California Street at 22nd Avenue

  • 6001 California Market, on California Street at 22nd Avenue

  • House on 30th Avenue in Seacliff

  • At the intersection of El Camino del Mar and Sea Cliff Avenue

  • Houses on Sea Cliff Avenue

  • House on El Camino del Mar in Seacliff

  • Sign at El Camino Del Mar and Sea Cliff Avenue, pointing toward China Beach

  • Entrance to China Beach, at the end of Sea Cliff Avenue

  • Stairway leading down to China Beach from the parking lot at Sea Cliff Avenue

  • Service road leading down to China Beach

  • Stairs leading down to the shore facing west at China Beach

  • China Beach, facing east toward the Golden Gate Bridge

  • China Beach

  • Surf at China Beach

  • 32nd Avenue stop for the California-1 line bus

  • Steps leading up to Lincoln Park from Calfornia Street at 32nd Avenue

  • Lincoln Park Golf Course, near California Street and 32nd Avenue

  • Walking path at the east edge of Lincoln Park, toward Land's End

  • Overlooking Katherine Delmar Burke School, from Lincoln Park, at California Street and 32nd Avenue

  • Lincoln Park Golf Course in Seacliff

  • Northwest view from the east edge of Lincoln Park

  • Southeast view from Lincoln Park

  • Palace of the Legion of Honor Museum, at the intersection of El Camino del Mar and 34th Avenue

  • Lands End entrance, at the east edge of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, on El Camino del Mar

  • Signs pointing to destinations in Seacliff, at the east entrance to Lands End

  • Eagle's Point lookout area, near the east entrance to Lands End, from El Camino Del Mar

  • View of China Beach and Baker Beach, from the cliffs at Land's End

  • Trail along the cliffs and hills at Lands End

  • The bay and Golden Gate, from lookout point at Lands End

  • Ledge above the surf at Lands End

  • Lookout point at Lands End

  • Remains of a gun battery installment at Lands End

  • Taking photos from the trail at Lands End

  • Western view of the Ocean, from the cliffs at Land's End

  • The labyrinth at Lands End, from above

  • Labyrinth at Lands End

  • Inside Lands End

  • Walking path inside Lands End

  • View from path at Lands End

  • View of Golden Gate from Lands End

  • Entrance to Mile Rock Beach

  • Path leading to Mile Rock Beach

  • Mile Rock Beach at Lands End

  • Mile Rock Beach

  • Mile Rock Beach and the Bay

  • Trail at Mile Rock Beach in Lands End

  • Trail over the cliffs at Lands End

  • Signs on the walking path at Lands End

  • Shoreline at Lands End

  • Path in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, leading to Sutro Baths

  • Wooded area in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, near the path between Lands End and Sutro Baths

  • Path to Sutro Baths, from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area

  • Steps leading down toward Sutro Baths and the Ocean

  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area, near Sutro Heights