Located in : Lands End, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Pet Policy : Dogs Allowed
Parking : Free
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Sitting on the beach at sundown misted by the salty waves and bathed in orange light, this is the stuff we dream but California lives. Just a few steps away from Outer Richmond, is Mile Rock Beach. Wild and natural , the beach is scattered with logs and driftwood of all shapes and sizes. The beach boasts of a newly restored Coastal Trail, starting from El Camino del Mar. Follow the trail along the steam powered Cliff House Railroad built by Adolph Sutro to attract people to the famous Sutro Baths. After the railway line closed down it became a part of the trail and offers jaw dropping views of the Pacific Ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge. The beach is barely visible during high tide and becomes extremely narrow, but is an attractive picnic spot for family and friends during low tide.
Along the trail after about half a mile you will reach “Mile Rock Beach Viewpoint”, from where you take the stairs going down and reach the large rock and can gaze at the ocean for hours. After a short but tiring hike head to Louis restaurant just around the Merrie View parking lot for some delicious salads and sandwiches. Along the way don’t forget to peep into the Sutro Baths.
The beach also has regular volunteers at the planting saplings, cleaning up litter and setting up shelters and baths for birds. Visitors can also lend in a hand.