Enjoy Redwoods, native grasslands, and an inspiring San Francisco Bay view on this nature hike.
Main Post Region, Southern Wilds Region
Multi-use Trail (Unpaved)
Accessible Parking, Paid Parking, Free Parking, Bike Parking, Muni Bus-accessible
The trail lies within the Presidio’s largest watershed, Tennessee Hollow. As the name suggests, you’ll experience distinctly different habitats.
The trail passes through restored serpentine grasslands where, from spring to early summer, you may see the endangered Presidio Clarkia and other native wildflowers in bloom. At other points, you’ll find yourself amid towering Redwoods, oaks, eucalyptus, Monterey pine and cypress.
You’ll also want to take the connecting trail to El Polín Spring, where hummingbirds and butterflies dance.
Since the Ecology Trail isn’t long, it’s a great option if you have limited time but want maximum exposure to nature.
1.4 miles (2.2 kilometers)
Average grade: 8%
Maximum grade: 16%
Gravel and compacted earth, with some steps.
Note: The upper trail is pedestrian only. Pedestrians and cyclists are welcome on the lower trail.
The club offers food and free history exhibitions – and it serves as an event venue.
Experience nature and history at this peaceful refuge in the park’s largest watershed.
Mountain Lake Trail traces the southern Presidio from Baker Beach to the Broadway Gate.