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Trail Running in San Francisco

Trail Running in San Francisco

San Francisco Trail Running
Recently we met up with several friends in SF to run the beautiful Marin Headlands trails. Located north of San Francisco, just over the Golden Gate Bridge, this hilly area has great views of the bridge, bay, and the city. Strava link to our 9 mile route can be found here
Trail Running San Francisco
San Francisco PATH projects
Trail Running Marin Headlands
There are many loop options available to find your ideal distance, from a short run to ultra. 
PATH projects running shorts
Marin Headlands running
Scott Bailey and Toby Silver trail running San Francisco
Stunning coastal views from many sections of the trails.
Stunning coastal views from many sections of the trails. 
Trail running PATH projects
The Run Experience Craig Dos Santos with Scott Bailey from PATH projects
running hills PATH projects
Most of the trails here are non-technical fire roads. The terrain is hilly with significant elevation change on most of the routes. 
running up hills with friends
Some of these hills are no joke! 
group of runners standing on top of hill
Jennifer and Toby running San Francisco
Some of these challenging hills are definitely worth the unbelievable views from the top!
Marin Headlands Strava
Our good friend Toby Silver showed us around on his local trails. Check out his project 50 Shades of Pavement (Instagram | Strava). He is running the entire city of San Francisco, all 1260+ miles and 2612 streets. There are 36 neighborhoods, over 50 hills and nearly endless vistas. He is already 95% there!  Read more!
San Francisco running Toby Silver

🚨New enter for a chance to win a $100 Path Projects gift card.🚨(Congrats to Chuck Riddell for winning last weeks $100 gift card)

To enter, let us know in the comments below, what is your favorite place to run and why? One winner will be annouced on July 15th. Good luck! 


Max XC course in Waverly, Iowa. I prefer running on grass due to shin splints flaring up a few years ago. The course has enough hills to not be boring and I can easily hop onto some pavement to mix up the surfaces as needed.


Best place to run is duck creek parkway trail in Davenport, IA. I haven’t lived there for years and yet it still sticks out as a user friendly recreation trail with lots of wildlife and never too far from home. I wish every city had a trail just like this one.

Jacob Robinson,

UW Arboretum in Madison, WI. It’s surprisingly empty considering that it’s right in town!

Matt Kohlstedt,

My favorite place to run is Erwin Park in McKinney, TX. It is my home trail and I am out there as much as possible. It has a great mix of technical terrain as well as open fields with faster sections. The elevation fluctuates just enough to make it challenging. Plus, it is a beautiful park and a great getaway to nature not far from the city.

Jeff Smith,

Best place is around Miramar lake in San Diego.

John Lin,

So far, the trails around Colorado Springs/Pikes Peak area.


I really enjoy the blue ridge mountains in Virginia.

Travis Diehl,

I recently moved to downtown St. Louis so I have to drive 30min plus to near by trails. A friend recommended Rockwoods Reservation and the trail is called Green Rock. It’s a great out and back through Greensfelder. With plenty of technical areas really get to out some work in. Because in the end of a run who doesn’t love feeling drained.

Caleb Smith,

White Mountains, NH! Steep, rocky, and wild: a trail runner’s playground.

Ryan Page,

Best place to run is the white stone river in Austin’s Barton Creek Greenbelt. It’s an area in the north side of the trail that doesn’t have a name, but that’s what I call it.

D'angelo Shakur,

At sunrise in Richmond Park, London – UK, because you run through herds of deer that roam wild in the park.

Simon Young,

Highland, MI MTB trail

Steve Martin,

My favorite running location is San Diego. Between the beaches, parks, and weather, it’s so great.


I really like it when I make it up to Powder Mountain, but really any of the mountain trails in the Ogden area are great. When we’re in the Park City area, they have some great little loops.


My favorite place to run is on Padre Island National Seashore Beach!

Brandon B,

Harriman state park. Challenging technical trails but that is the fun part.

Gedaliah Robinson ,

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