Watching the sun set over the Golden Gate Bridge is awesome. But there’s another way to be amazed at the beauty of the Bay Area’s most famous landmark: check out a sunrise from San Francisco’s Lands End Labyrinth. Get acquainted with this wild corner of the city on a thirty-minute stroll along the Coastal Trail, a prime section of what we call The Grand Walk. The path parallels dramatic cliffs buffering a surly Pacific strewn with shipwrecks, making it difficult to believe this is actually an urban hike. Take a spur trail to a small plateau where the labyrinth sits. Created by Eduardo Aguilera in 2004, the maze feels like it has been part of the landscape for centuries—and faces cleanly east toward the Golden Gate. Thrashing waves below create a bass that’s better than a drumroll as the sun climbs and crowns the wispy clouds above the bridge. All that glitters is golden.
Park at Lands End parking lot by the Cliff House at Point Lobos Ave and 48th Ave. (map). Walk east on the Coastal Trail and take the offshoot trail to Mile Rock Beach. Descend the stairs. When the staircase make a sharp left, continue on a trail going straight. The labyrinth comes into view. Dog-friendly. For more information, click here.