I believe many people have heard of Seal Rocks and Cliff House restaurants, but I believe many people do not know that there is a forgotten site near these sites: Sutro Bath Site. It's quite simple to go to the bathhouse site: you can see a parking lot when you walk up the road from Cliff House. It will be difficult, but after all, it's a ruins site, but it's still important to pay attention to rough ground and give priority to safety. Below, near the coastal culvert, you can see a warning sign warning tourists not to play in order to avoid being swept away by the big waves (though there seems to be no one playing here). For those who like to pat birds, there are quite a lot of seabirds to take pictures at this point, especially seagulls and pelicans. When they are in good luck. Note: I visited the site in November 2010, but the options can only be traced back to October 2011.
I always love taking people to the Sutro Baths - it's one of the few historical sites in SF that lays in ruins. It's beautifully eerie to view from above, and even more so when you walk down to it along the ocean's edge. There are caves you can go inside and if you're lucky, you might be able to spot "Sutro Sam," the famous otter swimming nearby.I'm not sure if he's still there, but an older gentleman was there when I visited, who volunteered to stand at the entrance of the trail down to the baths and provide people with an interesting history lesson on it. If you don't encounter him, you should definitely read more about the baths on Wikipedia, and also stop into the Cliff House to view old photos and a painting depicting the beautiful bath house during its glory days in the 1920's.
Perhaps the closest San Francisco will get to Roman ruins, the site of the former Sutro Baths is an archeological wonder. Until the mid-1960s, San Francisco residents could take in the waters, having a choice of 7 different pools of varying salinity. The site also hosted an ice skating rink and museum. The baths were a playground for all San Franciscans, rich and poor, until they burned down in 1966. Standing today are the crumbling remains, which juxtaposed next to the water, offer some whimsical photo opportunities and a walk back into San Francisco history. Take heed as the waves are fierce and sadly the strong currents have claimed a few lives over the past decades. But don't miss the chance to view one of the most interesting and unique historical sites in San Francisco.
One of my favorite places in the city. The ruins of Sutro Baths is both historically rich and beautifully sad. Like most beautiful buildings of it's time, it was destroyed in a fire and the hunting ruins remind of us a different time. Make sure to explore the cave on the right side of the ruins as you face the ocean. For the best (and the cheapest) romantic date: pack a pick-nick dinner and watch sunset from the ruins. While there is still light, climb up to the Cliff House for a after dinner cocktail.
The Sutro Baths were the vision of the Mayer in 1896, Adolph Sutro. He built a beautiful bathhouse by the sea for the public that was repurposed over the years and then burned in 1966. Beautiful tiles and glimmers of Sutro's dream can still be seen by the sea, which makes for a beautiful hike.
Beautiful view of the Ocean, amazing piece of San Franciscan history
The Sutro Baths magically transport you back in time plus the view here is just awesome.
It's a great hike to do tarting from lands end trail, ending at sutro bath...