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Two people walking a dog on the Golden Gate Promenade. Photo by Myleen Hollero.

Golden Gate Promenade / Bay Trail

Walk, run, or bike with spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Crissy Marsh.


Crissy Field Region

Use Type

Multi-use Trail (Paved)

Top Amenities

Accessible Parking, Accessible Restrooms, Paid Parking, Free Parking, Bike Parking

Enjoy front row bridge and bay views on this flat, easy nature trail that traces the San Francisco Bay shoreline at the Presidio’s Crissy Field.

Connecting the Marina Gate to Fort Point, the Golden Gate Promenade is the northern part of the regional Bay Trail SF. 

People love it for its experience of Crissy Field, a former Army-airfield-turned-outdoor-recreation-paradise with endless opportunities for beauty and fun.  

You can have a picnic at both ends – Crissy Field East Beach or the West Bluffs. In between, be sure to explore Crissy Marsh, the reclaimed tidal wetland that attracts birds migrating on the Pacific Flyway. The surrounding dunes are planted with coastal scrub that provides a beautiful springtime carpet of flowers. 

If you have kids, play in the sand at the Crissy Field beaches or walk across the street to explore the Outpost playground at Presidio Tunnel Tops.  

And if you’re a history buff, cap your walk with a visit to Fort Point beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. 

Presidio Trails Tip 

Find restrooms at Crissy Field East Beach, the Outpost playground, and the Warming Hut Park Store. Food is at Presidio Pop Up and the Warming Hut. 


4.3 miles (6.9 kilometers)

Activity Level


Trail Surface

Dirt and paved paths.

Estimated Walking Time

90 minutes

Getting to the Golden Gate Promenade/Bay Trail

Map of the Golden Gate Promenade/Bay Trail


At the east end, pick up the trail at the Marina Gate or Crissy Field East Beach. At the west end, begin near Fort Point National Historic Site. 

Parking & Public Transit

At the east end, free parking can be found at Crissy Field East Beach. At the west end, paid parking is near the West Bluffs Picnic Area. To get to the Presidio by bus or shuttle, visit the Public Transit page. 

Connecting Trails

Tennessee Hollow Trail

After years of habitat restoration, nature’s comeback story is on display along this nature trail.

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Presidio Promenade Trail

Enjoy a stroll through the heart of the Presidio ending at the Golden Gate Bridge. 

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Redwood trees and trail at Wayburn Redwood Grove.Wayburn Redwood Grove is a beautiful place to pause and reflect.