This rugged coastal nature trail showcases history, habitats, and Golden Gate Bridge views.
Golden Gate Region
Pedestrian-only Trail, Multi-use Trail (Paved), Multi-use Trail (Unpaved), Bikes in Roadway, Pedestrians on Roadside
Accessible Parking, Accessible Restrooms, Paid Parking, Free Parking, Bike Parking
The California Coastal Trail is a 1,200-mile, route stretching along the Pacific coastline from Mexico to Oregon. The 2.7-mile Presidio segment connects Baker Beach to the Golden Gate Bridge with expansive Pacific Ocean views along the way.
If you start at the south end, walk along the beach past Battery Chamberlin. Further north, you’ll pass the popular sand ladder at Baker Beach.
As you walk on, the native blooms and shrubs, windswept Monterey cypress, and the craggy shoreline below add to the stunning beauty of this classic Presidio trail, where you’ll feel like you’re far from the city.
At the end, your reward is the Golden Gate Bridge. Stop into the Welcome Center to learn how the span was created – and to pick up a memento.
2.7 miles (4.4 kilometers)
Asphalt and compacted soil.
Cyclists should note that there is a dedicated bike lane on Lincoln Boulevard. The route also includes a bicycle/pedestrian bridge that connects to the Golden Gate Bridge for easy access to the Marin Headlands.
Get a glimpse of what it was like when artillerymen manned coastal gun batteries in the Presidio.
This can’t-miss view features the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge framed between two Cypress trees
Experience San Francisco’s native dune habitat on this short but beautiful nature trail.
This popular nature trail stars San Francisco’s last surviving natural lake – and a whole lot more.
Enjoy a rugged nature walk with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and Marin Headlands.
This section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail runs from the Arguello Gate to the Golden Gate Bridge.