San Francisco Running Guide

United States

There’s a strong running community here and maybe the highest concentration of steep urban climbs in the world. Bring: Layers, light-tint sunglasses, dark-tint sunglasses, strong calves. Keep an eye out for Strava running tees… you’re on our home turf and we’d love to point you in the right direction.

  • Runs per Week 12,554
  • Miles per Week 64,037
San Francisco Cycling Guide

Top Running Routes in San Francisco

  1. Crissy Field to Hopper's Hands

    • Distance 3.2 mi
    • Elevation 48 ft

    This is "The" classic San Francisco run. It is an out and back route along the San Francisco Bay. This uber-popular, flat route is great for doing speed work and for people watc...

    • Crissy Field
    • The Warming Hut Park
  2. Golden Gate Park

    • Distance 6.9 mi
    • Elevation 427 ft

    Golden Gate Park is a forested oasis nestled between the perfect grid of avenues in the Richmond and Sunset districts. The running options here are endless. You have your choice...

    • Golden Gate Park
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  4. Embarcadero

    • Distance 5.0 mi
    • Elevation 126 ft

    If you are looking for a flat place to run in a city famous for hills, look no further than the Embarcadero. This road borders the eastern waterfront of San Francisco and is gra...

    • Ferry Building
  5. Marin Headlands

    • Distance 8.4 mi
    • Elevation 1,912 ft

    The Marin Headlands boasts some of the most spectacular views in all of the Bay Area. The climb is extremely popular among local runners and cyclists, and it's easy to see why —...

    • San Francisco Running Company
    • Tennessee Valley
  6. City Loop

    • Distance 16.1 mi
    • Elevation 1,224 ft

    This route combines some of the most scenic stretches San Francisco has to offer to form a long run you won't soon forget. You'll experience the liveliness of Golden Gate Park, ...

    • Bridge Cafe
    • Golden Gate Park
    • and 3 more
  7. Presidio Trail Run

    • Distance 5.4 mi
    • Elevation 603 ft

    Originally a Spanish military outpost in 1776, and more recently a U.S. Army post, the Presidio is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It is a stunning place t...

    • Bridge Cafe
    • Immigrant Point Overlook
    • and 2 more
  8. Double Dipsea

    • Distance 14.2 mi
    • Elevation 4,298 ft

    The Dipsea Trail has become legendary because of the famous Dipsea Race, the oldest trail race dating back to 1905, which starts in Mill Valley and finishes in Stinson Beach for...

    • Breakers Cafe
    • Equator Coffees & Teas
    • and 4 more
  9. Golden Gate Bridge

    • Distance 6.1 mi
    • Elevation 446 ft

    Who can resist running across that iconic behemoth of orange steel known as the Golden Gate Bridge? It is a rite of passage for San Franciscans to cross the bridge on foot. It i...

    • Bridge Cafe
    • The Warming Hut Park
  10. Ninja Loop

    • Distance 11.5 mi
    • Elevation 2,266 ft

    This route's tradition goes back several years to when a few ultra-runners decided to squeeze in a trail run into the early morning hours. If you want to start your run before d...

    • Conzelman Parking Lot
    • Marin Headlands
    • and 3 more
  11. Northside Loop

    • Distance 8.3 mi
    • Elevation 1,143 ft

    The beauty of the Northside loop is that it follows the contours around the top of Mt. Tamalpais so you never encounter any insurmountable climbs. Instead you will experience ge...

    • East Peak, Mount Tamalpais
    • West Point Inn