Affectionately known in these parts (of San Francisco) as it is the edge of town on
the westerly most coastline in SF itself just southwest of the Golden Gate Bridge. Typical characteristics of the area are steep rocky cliffs with the Pacific Ocean’s waves crashing down below. there are a couple of fantastic photography locations both easy to get to and (most) not so easy. The easy ones, you just walk up to; these are pretty close to the old Sutro Baths with more difficult ones back towards the GG Bridge along the coast; these you have to hike down to. I’ve done this for a couple of spots and I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re at all a little un-sure footed as it’s steep, soft gravel/dirt with nothing to grab onto should you start sliding downward – especial with a handful of camera gear.
But, successfully navigating some of these spots – like most things, the difficult to get to, the more rewarding and
special it becomes, you’re treated to views that are nothing short of spectacular. You have to decide for yourself how much you want to risk (your own potential well being) in order to capture any particular shot.
Sutro Baths area is probably the easiest as you just park in the lot and walk down to the little cove below. Perfectly setup for sunsets, you’d be hard pressed to get something nice. If you get lucky on one try, great. It’ll likely be socked in with fog, which is what SF is known for. If you get a clear evening, not so bad, but when you get a bit of both … score! The old Cliff House
keeps watch from above the bath area. Why bath? I think some dude by the last name of Sutro, build a huge bathhouse at waters edge back in the late 1890s some time and was a place where folks can go to bath in the natural sea water while staying safely in an enclosed structure. There were like 5 or 6 separate pools all having a different degree of “fresh water” flowing in and out.
The pools were in constant refresh mode as the ocean’s high tide brought in new sea water. I believe there was a pump that pumped the “old” water out as well. Pretty cool venue – especially back then.
What remains today is just the basic foundation and you can still kinda make out the individual pools themselves. You’ll find many folks meandering about, lots of camera’s
and folks hoping to bring the evenings catch from the sea. Quite the special place indeed.