The Best Running Route in San Francisco

This 4.8-mile route is the quintessential urban run, in one of the best active lifestyle cities in the world. While the famous hills of San Francisco may intimidate you out of packing your running shoes, this route manages to have only 450 feet of elevation rise, with a steep climb to the Golden Gate Bridge and then a fast and fun descent into Sausalito.

Make sure to pack: cash or debit card (a ferry ride costs $10.50), your phone for those classic Golden Gate Bridge selfies, and a light windbreaker, as the mornings can be nippy in San Francisco and—depending on the season—the ferry ride back to the wharf can be downright chilly.

You'll want to start this one early, as the foot and bicycle traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge can get crazy.

Discuss This Article

Get ACTIVE on the Go

Couch to 5K®
Couch to 5K®

Couch to 5K®

The best way to get new runners off the couch and across the finish line of their first 5K.

Available for iOS | Android

Connect With Us