Walking the Golden Gate Bridge
Walking the bridge is the best way to get a sense of its height, and to take in the scenery and the effects of the Golden Gate weather patterns -- wind, sun, fast-moving fog.
Pedestrians can access the bridge from the north and south side parking lots. The pedestrian path (east side) is open during daylight hours (longer in the summer), and accessible by wheelchair. Dogs are okay if leashed and under control at all times.
The path is ten feet wide and there is a large guard rail. People with a fear of heights may have some difficulty walking the span of the bridge, but great views can be enjoyed without venturing too far onto the span.
Bicycles on the Bridge
Cyclists have toll-free access to bridge sidewalks 24 hours a day. Cyclists and pedestrians share the east walkway during the week. Cyclists use the west side walkway on weekends. No skates or skateboards are permitted.
Cyclists riding from San Francisco can continue past Sausalito to other areas in Marin, double back on the bridge, or take a ferry back to San Francisco from Sausalito.
The bridge website posts updated hours and rules throughout the year.
Walk or Bike From Crissy Field
A popular bike and pedestrian route takes you from Crissy Field/Fort Point and up a short climb to the south parking lot of the bridge.
Shortly past (west of) the Warming Hut, you'll see a trail head on your left for pedestrians, and a sign pointing bikers to the right. The walking trail ascends toward Battery East and beyond, to the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge.
Bicycles can be rented at various points from Fisherman's Wharf to lower Columbus Avenue in North Beach. The bicycle companies will provide maps and directions.