Mom Recs: Lands End Labyrinth Hike
By Beth Ryan
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I like it because the ocean makes everything better. On this hike, I get lots of ocean. The path is challenging enough that I feel accomplished—there are a lot of stairs— but it isn’t totally treacherous.
They (my 4 and 6 yo) like it because it feels like a wild adventure, with an awesome maze at the end.
Parking is gloriously easy on a weekday, and doable on a weekend. There is a whole lot, with overflow across the street. The 38 bus stops a block away, at Geary and 48th.
Bathrooms at the visitor center are clean. The coffee shop offers free refills all day, and makes their own sandwiches.
Some Do's and Don'ts
- Don’t go by yourself with a toddler who runs off; there are cliffs!
- Do bring your carrier if you still have a little one. It is perfect for a hike with a napping baby, if you can handle steps.
- Don’t bring a 3 yo whose bones liquefy when it is time to climb stairs.
- Do check weather alerts for swells and high tides.
- Don't bring a stroller, they won't work on the hike down to the labyrinth. Though a sturdy one will be fine on the smooth dirt path through a large portion of the park.
Beth is an archaeologist, freelance writer, and compulsive researcher. She lives in the Outer Sunset, but drags her two kids and husband to sites all over the Bay Area.
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