Fort Funston

Fort Funston

While DogTrekker regularly updates off-leash rules, it is important to check to be sure that this area still allows voice control prior to removing your dog’s leash.

Fort Funston features 200-foot high sandy bluffs on San Francisco’s southwest coast where the winds blow reliably wildly. No surprise it is one of the premier hang-gliding spots in the country. A network of trails make it ideal for hiking and horseback riding. Enjoy meandering on the trails, romping down at the beach, or hiking along the cliffs that lead to the cliffs above Mussel Rock Beach.

Distance: Various trails and lengths. The hiking trail from the Fort Funston parking lot off of Skyline Blvd to the cliffs above Mussel Rock Beach is an easy 4-mile out-and-back trip.

Difficulty: The trails throughout Fort Funston make for an adventure as long or as short as you’d like. Most routes are easy – moderate, but the trail down to the beach and back up can be steep and strenuous.

Leash rules: Off-leash (excluding 12-acre closure and Coastal Trail north of Horse Trail intersection due to erosion). You may encounter horses on the beach, and on the hiking trail on the cliffs…so bring a leash just in case!

Parking: Parking lot off of Skyline Blvd. When heading south on Skyline, turn right at the green Fort Funston sign.

Drinking Water: Yes; one water fountain at the Skyline Blvd. parking lot, and one in the middle of the park.

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