Lands End (San Francisco)

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Lands End
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Part of Lands End, with Cliff House (far left), Seal Rocks (mid left) and Sutro Bath ruins (right)
Lands End is located in San Francisco County
Lands End
Lands End
Lands End is located in California
Lands End
Lands End
Lands End is located in the US
Lands End
Lands End
Location San Francisco, California, United States
Coordinates 37°47′16″N 122°30′20″W / 37.7877074°N 122.5055279°W / 37.7877074; -122.5055279Coordinates: 37°47′16″N 122°30′20″W / 37.7877074°N 122.5055279°W / 37.7877074; -122.5055279[1]
Operated by Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Official website
Lands End is south of the entrance to the Golden Gate

Lands End is a park in San Francisco within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It is a rocky and windswept shoreline at the mouth of the Golden Gate, situated between the Sutro District and Lincoln Park and abutting Fort Miley Military Reservation. A memorial to the USS San Francisco stands in the park. Numerous hiking trails follow the former railbeds of the Ferries and Cliff House Railway along the cliffs and also down to the shore.

The most-traveled trail in Lands End is the Coastal Trail, a section of the California Coastal Trail that follows the railbed of the old Cliff House Railway. This trail is handicap-accessible until the Mile Rock Overlook, and bike accessible until the Eagles Point steps. A spur trail takes users to Mile Rock Point and Mile Rock Beach, which offer views of the Golden Gate.

Additionally, Lands End contains the ruins of the Sutro Baths. Other historic sites include numerous shipwrecks, which are visible at low tides from the Coastal Trail and Mile Rock.

A visitor center, Lands End Lookout, opened on April 28, 2012.[2]

History[edit]

The Yelamu Ohlone tribe lived at Lands End before Spanish settlement began in 1776.[citation needed] After the Gold Rush, entrepreneurs designed the new Cliff House as a fashionable resort for the wealthy. A private company constructed a brand new road called Point Lobos Avenue. By the 1860s, a horse-drawn stagecoach made the trip every Sunday from crowded downtown San Francisco out Lands End. During the 1880s, millionaire Adolph Sutro constructed a passenger steam train from downtown to Lands End for the affordable fare of 5¢.[3]

Labyrinth[edit]

The Hidden Labyrinth at Lands End, Eagle's Point

Along the Coastal Trail, was a hidden labyrinth at Eagle's Point, constructed by local artist Eduardo Aguilera, overlooking Golden Gate Bridge.[4] Although the labyrinth was destroyed, presumably by vandals, in August 2015, it was rebuilt a month later by the original artist with the help of 50 volunteers.[5][6]

Twenty-four paces west of the Lands End labyrinth lies an often missed monument that is arguably even more exquisite than its larger, more well-known counterpart. Neither a maze nor a labyrinth, this intricately winding path is composed of small, pale stones that are only found in the Wieliczka salt mines of Poland. No one knows when or by whom this circular masterpiece was created, but it is estimated to date back to the early 20th century. Inspired by its mystery and simple ingenuity, Eduardo Aguilera began the construction of the labyrinth we know today as one of San Francisco’s hidden treasures.

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Panorama shows a wide, sweeping view of the view from an outcropping at Land's End.  The Pacific Ocean shines a brilliant aquamarine and spectators can be see enjoying the ocean breeze on the clear summer day.
The view from an outcropping at Land's End