Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco to Marin County is like crossing into another world. Gone is the urban sprawl of the great city, and in its place is 80,000 acres of National Park Service land. With a size two and a half times that of San Francisco, Golden Gate National Recreation Area is one of the largest urban parks in the world. And at over 13 million visitors per year, it is one of the most popular units managed by the National Park Service.
The first stop on my Golden Gate hiking trek trek was Point Bonita Lighthouse. Access to the lighthouse is restricted to three days a week, and I was lucky to arrive on one of those three days.
After my Point Bonita Lighthouse hike, I left the crowds and headed into the hills. I hiked a longer than planned figure eight through Golden Gate…
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