Mile Rock Beach

off Point Lobos Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94121- Map It

AAA Editor Notes

Mile Rock Beach is reached via a stairway off the Coastal Trail that descends to the beach; the detour at the trail's approximate midway point is signed. At the bottom of the steps you can walk farther down to a pebble and boulder-strewn cove where waves crash impressively against the rocky shoreline and there's a view of the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. You'll sometimes see impromptu rock sculptures—several smooth, flat stones carefully balanced on top of a larger rock and looking somewhat like a stack of pancakes—assembled by an unknown artist indulging his or her creative side. The weather is often overcast or foggy, but on a sunny day the beach is a wonderful spot to sit on a log and contemplate your surroundings. To the right a dirt trail winds up a steep hill to a vantage point offering spectacular views, both of the beach below and looking out over the water to the Marin Headlands. On a small plateau atop the hill is the Lands End Labyrinth. An assemblage of rocks placed in concentric circles, it was created by local artist Eduardo Aguilera in 2004 and added a bit of mystery to a tucked-away corner of the city. Sadly, this intriguing work of art has been destroyed and then rebuilt many times over the years due to vandalism, most recently in 2015.
Free.
Hours: Daily during daylight hours.