Fort Funston has always been one of my favorite San Francisco gems! It’s not as widely known as places like Baker Beach and Ocean Beach, but I prefer it that way since it keeps it peaceful and quiet 🙂
Visit Fort Funston on any given day and you’re sure to notice that dogs outnumber people! It’s a favored spot of dog walkers and, while you’ll see some walkers struggling to manage six leashed dogs, the majority of walkers let the dogs run free (it’s one the few leash-free areas, so that explains its popularity)! If you like dogs, then it’s quite exciting to see every sort of dog breed imaginable romping around and coming up to say hello!
Situated atop 200 foot bluffs, Fort Funston (called Lake Merced Military Reservation at the time) was used as a defense lookout during the World Wars and remnants of military installations can still be seen. It’s also a premier hang-gliding spot. Basically, there’s a lot going on at Fort Funston! The walk down to the beach, which can be reached by a long set of sand stairs or a steep sand ravine, is quite a workout. The black sand closer to the water is full of magnetite, and, if you bring a magnet along, it’ll actually pick up all the bits of sand! It’s not soft, fluffy sand, so I wouldn’t care to lounge on the beach itself, but it’s fun to walk along the water’s edge and looks for sea glass and other bits and bobs 🙂 Last time I saw dolphins too! Also, since it’s on the western side of the city, you get some killer sunsets!