This popular nature trail stars San Francisco's last surviving natural lake – and a whole lot more.
Golden Gate Region, Southern Wilds Region
Multi-use Trail (Paved), Multi-use Trail (Unpaved)
Accessible Parking, Accessible Restrooms, Free Parking, Bike Parking, Picnic Tables
Along this nature walk in San Francisco you’ll pass by Andy Goldsworthy’s Wood Line, two popular playgrounds – Presidio Wall Playground and Mountain Lake Park – and the trail’s namesake, San Francisco’s last surviving natural lake.
Mountain Lake is home to many native species, including Western pond turtles, Pacific chorus frogs, and 65 bird species who visit the lake on their way warmer (or cooler) climates. Only second to Crissy Field East Beach, Mountain Lake is a hot spot for bird watchers and nature photographers.
The west end offers up the Marine Cemetery Vista, where a boardwalk snakes through the native dune plants and grasses. A humble memorial pays homage to 500 sailors who were buried on a hillside behind the former Marine hospital in the 19th century. The experience ends at beautiful Baker Beach.
2.6 miles (4.1 kilometers)
Gravel, paved and wooden boardwalks in sections.
At the east end, Mountain Lake Trail begins at the Broadway Gate. At the west end, it begins off Lincoln Boulevard near Baker Beach.
Mountain Lake is a peaceful refuge to spot native plants and wildlife, with a playground nearby.
Andy Goldsworthy’s curvy Wood Line is a playful art sculpture winding through the Eucalyptus forest.
After years of habitat restoration, nature’s comeback story is on display along this nature trail.
Enjoy Redwoods, native grasslands, and an inspiring San Francisco Bay view on this nature hike.
This section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail runs from the Arguello Gate to the Golden Gate Bridge.