Magazine article Sunset

A Beach of One's Own: At These Bay Area Beaches, You'll Have the Ocean to Yourself

Magazine article Sunset

A Beach of One's Own: At These Bay Area Beaches, You'll Have the Ocean to Yourself

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On summer weekends it seems we're all looking for the same escape: the beach. When you get to the surf only to find more crowds, parking hassles, and someone blasting '80s rock on a too-loud boom box, you realize this is no way to relax.

What you need is a beach of your own. Though these four Bay Area beaches require just a bit of hiking to get to (and, in Wildcat's case, perhaps more than a bit), the effort makes you appreciate the destination even more. What's more, it keels away crowds.

Finding sandy solitude

Fort Funston, San Francisco. Though the viewing platform and hiking trails tend to fill up, if you climb down to the beach and head south, you can find untrammeled sand. Off Skyline Blvd. (State 35), just south of Lake Merced. Golden Gate National Recreation Area; (415) 239-2366 Horseshoe Cove, San Mateo County. Also known as the Gulch or Cracks, this beach in between Pescadero and Pomponio State Beaches is an undiscovered gem. The unmaintained trail down to the sand is steep and a little eroded, but once down you will probably be the only one on the sand. …

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