Best Walks in the Bay Area

ali & joie walk along harbor   If you love walking, you’ll find nirvana in the San Francisco Bay Area – from great flat walks to steep hills, hidden stairways, guided walking tours and quiet shorelines – or even racewalking competitions.


We even take businesses out for walks. Our goal is to create a walking revolution by encouraging people to walk, where possible, instead of driving or sitting.

 

LET’S COMPILE A LIST OF THE BEST WALKS

Please post your favorite walks in comments to make them accessible to all. Here are a few favorites you can start with:

 

San Francisco

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Moraga Steps.

Gorgeous stairway of mosaic art that leads to a spectacular view of the city, the ocean and bay.

 
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Coit Tower has free walking tours of Diego Rivera murals, created during the WPA era.

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East Bay

Oakland

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The Oakland Walking Tours lead guided tours through the city every Saturday and Wednesday between May and October.

 

 

lakemerritt  Oaklanders treat the lovely Lake Merritt as their own backyard. The 3.1 mile walk passes the nation’s first bird refuge,  a sometimes-cormorant and sometimes-heron rookery on the 5 man-made “Bird Islands”, a beautiful botanic and Japanese Bonsai garden, a necklace of lights, Children’s Fairyland, gondola rides, boating rentals (skulling, kayak, etc.) and a thriving park often filled with top level entertainment.

 

alameda lagoons  The Alameda Lagoons walk is the perfect bucolic, after-work relaxing stroll with a combo ocean/lagoon view. The path leads along the ocean for half the walk with views of the port of Oakland and San Francisco, and then into the island’s interior heron & duck filled lagoons down the other side of this walk. I estimate it’s around 5 miles total but haven’t measured it myself.

 

If you have an accurate pedometer or activity measure, pls. post the correct total length of all connected lagoons so we know!

WHERE ARE YOUR FAVORITE WALKS? Please share in comments below!

Wildflower Walk in Roberts Regional Park

Allison co-led  a wildflower walk in Oakland’s Roberts Regional Park on April 30,2016 for a private group. Thanks to Jenny Rieger of Columbine Landscaping for sharing her vast knowledge on medicinal & Native tribes’ uses of plants – and helping … Continue reading