Saturday, May 5, 2012

Fort Funston National Park

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  • Philip Burton Beach
  • Hiking Trails
  • Battery Davis
  • Scenic lookout of Thornton Beach, Lake Merced
  • Mussel Rock (point where San Andreas Fault cuts into the Pacific Ocean)
  • Hang Gliding
  • Sandy Bluffs
  • Horseback Riding

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  • Free parking and free admission
  • Bring your dog; it is a very dog-friendly park
  • Restrooms at trailhead

Sunset Trail – Coastal Trail – Horse Trail

Length: ~2.5 miles; Time: 2 hours; Difficulty: Easy

After an hour’s drive from San Jose, we reached Fort Funston National Park and parked the car at the main entrance. The parking lot is huge, so one would almost always immediately find a parking spot.

Observation Deck

At one end of the parking lot, there is an observation deck from where we caught a beautiful sight of the Philip Burton beach in front of us, Thornton beach to the left, Mussel Rock to the far left and San Francisco coast to the right stretching as far as the eye could see.

Mussel Rock to the far left

The North American and Pacific plates of the earth’s crust collide off the Fort Funston coast forming the San Andreas Fault, which has cleaved mountains and volcanoes. The Mussel Rock to the far left is the place where the San Andreas Fault leaves the land and runs into the ocean.

Battery Davis

We started our hike on the Sunset Trail along the coast that took us through the featured sand dunes. Soon we reached Battery Davis that was constructed in 1936 to hold two 16-inch guns to protect the Pacific Coast during wartime.
Dogs having fun in the beach

As we continued onto the Sunset Trail, we took the detour to the beach access. It was fun watching the dogs having a blast in the wave friendly beach. It did get me into some serious thinking about raising a dog!

View of Lake Merced from Horse Trail

The Sunset Trail connected with the Coastal Trail, which soon connected with the Horse Trail running parallel to the Coastal Trail. From the Horse Trail, which looked secluded and well-shaded, one can see the busy Skyline Boulevard and Lake Merced next to it. Soon, the trail took us directly to the main parking lot. The hike did satiate our wish to go on a mild hike to see some beautiful views.

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