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Sutro Baths in San Francisco, California

The ruins of the Sutro Baths are an historic site on the western waterfront of San Francisco. In March of 1896 these elaborate privately-owned saltwater and freshwater pools opened to the public. After years of financial struggles the baths finally closed and in 1966 their remains burned to the ground. All that remains are the concrete foundations and walls.

The beach below the baths is wide at low tide and all wet at high tide. The easiest access to the beach is at the south end of the baths near the striking white building that housed The Cliff House Restaurant (now closed).

Large rocks, including the Seal Rocks (and a rock arch), are just offshore from the Sutro Baths. Above the baths to the north is the Point Lobos Overlook. A tunnel through the rock below Point Lobos is popular with tourists, but be careful in there as it is dark and slippery. Trails meander all about the hillside behind the baths. For a longer hike, the Lands End Trail starts at the parking lot and leads to Mile Rock Beach. At low tide there are shipwrecks to find too.

The best place to park for a trip to the Sutro Baths is the Lands End Visitor Center (680 Point Lobos Avenue) which is directly above the baths. This entire area is part of part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. When the tide is high and access to the beach at Sutro Baths is cut off, nearby Ocean Beach is a good alternative.

Address
680 Point Lobos Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121
Park Name
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Owner
NPS
Activities
Hiking, Photography
Amenities
Historic Bath Ruins, Visitor Center, Trails, Tunnel, Rock Arch
Pet Policy
Dogs allowed on leash
Fees
Free parking

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