Address: 37°39'58.2"N 122°29'40.2"W Parking: Free parking lot at the address above Hours: Sunrise to sunset Type: Hike (moderate) Regulations: Dogs allowed on-leash Best time to visit: Anytime, but the best views are on a clear day CAUTION: This park may not be for everyone. There are signs posted warning of coyotes, which can lure dogs away. Keep your dog on leash. Coyotes are predominately out at dawn and dusk. We have hiked this park several times and haven't see any signs of them during our mid-day visits.
Description: This park has beautiful trails along the bluffs with ocean views as far as the Farallon Islands. This is a popular spot for paragliding and a great spot for seal, bird and whale watching. Mussel Rock is a jagged rock formation close to the coast where birds gather. We saw seals swimming below it during our visit. We also saw whales in the distance. There are a few unmarked trails along the coastline and a beach below, which is a popular fishing spot. There used to be ropes to access the beach below, but during our June visit they were no longer there. I wouldn't recommend going down to the beach, especially with a dog, because you will have to scale a slippery, rocky hillside and climb down boulders to reach the beach. However, if you choose to climb down, you can walk along the beach for 4 miles and access Fort Funston via sandy stairs lined with a railing. There are now plenty of benches along the trail where you can stop and admire panoramic views of the coastline. This is a great picnic spot with some beautiful trails, even if you don't make it down to the beach.
There are trash cans at the trailhead, but no restrooms or running water.