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Batteries to Bluffs trail to Marshall’s Beach.

Marshall’s Beach

What Marshall's Beach lacks in amenities it makes up for in spectacular Golden Gate views.


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What Marshall's Beach lacks in amenities it makes up for in spectacular Golden Gate views.

Marshall’s Beach is tucked up against the rugged coastal bluffs just north of Baker Beach. Get ready to walk — the only way to access Marshall’s Beach is on foot via the Batteries to Bluffs Trail, so be sure to pack in everything you’ll need for your day at the shore.

This is a great beach to do a little birdwatching and see Serpentine rock formations and native wildflowers. And given its isolated location, this is a place where some dare to go bare.

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By Public Transit

Muni Route: 29 Sunset
Stop: Baker Beach

By Presidio GO Shuttle

Route: South Hills Route
Stop: Lincoln Boulevard and Pershing Drive (Stop 10)

Marshall’s Beach Parking

The only way to get to Marshall’s Beach is via the Batteries to Bluffs Trail. Leave your car in the free Langdon Court parking lot just off Lincoln Boulevard near the Golden Gate Overlook. You can also park in the Baker Beach north parking lot.

Why We Love Marshall’s Beach

In a word – seclusion. Marshall’s Beach is the closest beach to the Golden Gate Bridge, but few people make the trek down, or even know it’s there, making it San Francisco’s most hidden beach (and popular among nude sunbathers). Once you’re there, you forget about the bustle of the city and are fully immersed in nature.

Accessibility at Marshall’s Beach

Marshall’s beach is isolated at the base of the Batteries to Bluff Trail, accessible only on foot. The closest accessible parking spaces are at the Baker Beach north parking lot. Learn more about accessibility at Baker Beach on the National Park Service website.

Insider Tip

This beach is one of the best spots to photograph the Golden Gate Bridge. It offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Marin Headlands. At high tide the beach is fully submerged, so be sure to check the tide tables ahead of your trip.

A view of rocky Marshall’s Beach.

A Magical Golden Gate Viewpoint

Baker Beach is known the world over as a wonderful place dip your toes in the Pacific Ocean while admiring the views. But if you prefer to be off the beaten path, Marshall’s Beach offers all the beauty with far less bustle.

Getting to Marshall’s Beach

Take the Sand Ladder at Baker Beach up to the California Coastal Trail, then connect to the rugged Batteries to Bluffs Trail which will take you to Marshall’s Beach. You can also start your hike near the Golden Gate Overlook and follow the Batteries to Bluffs Trail to the south.

A black turnstone bird at Marshall’s Beach.
Photo by David Assmann.

Be Prepared

There are no – repeat, no – amenities at Marshall’s Beach. Bring your own water and snacks. And know that if you have to go when you go, the closest restrooms are a trek away at Baker Beach.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Given its isolated location, rumor has it that some dare to go bare at Marshall’s Beach.

No. Your closest option is Baker Beach, which is a hike away along the Batteries to Bluffs Trail.

The Round House Café near the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center is the closest place to buy food.

Nature Notes

It’s our goal to make sure people can enjoy the Presidio’s natural beauty for generations to come. We work to protect native plants and animals while reducing our impact on the environment.

See the California State Rock

The blue-green serpentinite rock at Marshall’s Beach is part of a mélange, a mix of serpentinite, sandstone, and soft mudstone deposits.

Serpentinite rock at Marshall’s Beach.

Park Itineraries

Need help planning your day at the Presidio? We’ve put together some itinerary ideas for things to see and do in the park. Whether you’re planning to spend a few hours or an entire day, there’s something for everyone at the Presidio.