Golden Gate Bridge Walk: Parking Lot (North or South) to Mid-Span and Back
Distance: About 1.5 Miles (2.5 km)
Time: Allow plenty of time to stop, take photos and enjoy the view. We think you need a minimum of sixty to ninety minutes to enjoy the walk, though it can be done in 30-40 minutes if you’re rushing.
Late morning or early afternoons are often the best time for these walks, because the fog is more likely to have burned off in the morning and less likely to have returned in the afternoon. The sun is also at a better angle for photos in the afternoon.
You can start from any of the Golden Gate Bridge parking lots and go in either direction. Our parking lot pages have satellite photos and instructions on reaching the sidewalk. Starting from the southern end gives you access to a snack bar and gift shop at the start and end of your walk.
Insiders Tip: The spaces in the south parking lot that is closest to the bridge are metered and take $1.00 (four quarters) per hour — make sure to bring quarters for the meter. Other close-by lots charge a flat $5 fee. Spaces in the North lot (the Vista Point on the east or the small lot of Conzelman Road on the west) are free, with a four hour time limit.
The short video below shows the first part of this brief walk on a bright sunny day, starting from the San Francisco side.