San Francisco Presidio and Coast
In San Francisco’s Presidio National Park, twenty-four miles of trails wind through Eucalyptus groves, run across beaches, and skirt historic batteries. This figure-eight loop trail passes by The Presidio’s most famous destinations. During this hike, you will walk along San Francisco’s only nude beach, you’ll pass two Andy Goldsworthy sculptures, and you’ll be treated to amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge while winding along dramatic oceanside bluffs. Coyotes, hawks, and owls all call the Presidio home, which means that you have an opportunity to catch a glimpse of the wild side of San Francisco.
Beginning at the famous Lyon Street Stairs, this loop combines many shorter trail segments to create an all-encompassing hike featuring the Presidio’s best highlights. In this hike you’ll travel along the California Coastal Trail, the Batteries to Bluffs Trail, and the Bay Area Ridge Trail. While dogs are allowed on the majority of trails in the Presidio, dogs are not allowed on the Batteries to Bluffs section of this hike. The Presidio is home to several packs of coyotes, so additional trails may be closed to dogs throughout the year. Check the Presidio’s website for current trail closures or leave your four-legged friend at home for this hike.
The trail begins at the top of the scenic Lyon Street Stairs. The trailhead begins once you pass through the black iron gate in the wall at the top of the stairs, near the intersection of Broadway and Lyon Street.
This figure-eight loop is 8.7 miles long. The terrain varies drastically throughout the hike. You’ll walk on boardwalks over sensitive native plants, climb up a steep sand ladder, and wind along stairways and narrow trails that hug the bluffs.
- Street Parking is available, but is limited to 2-hours during the week. You can also take the PresidioGo, a free shuttle that runs from downtown to the Presidio seven days a week.
- Fee: No fee
- Restrooms available at multiple locations throughout the hike
- Seasonal campground available by reservation only
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