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Man and woman walk a dog on leash on the Park Trail. Photo by Myleen Hollero.

Park Trail

Experience views, nature, and history on this tranquil trail through the middle of the Presidio.

Sections of Park Trail and Bay Area Ridge Trail Closed to Dog Walking

To reduce the potential for coyote/dog conflict, we’ve proactively closed large sections of the Park Trail and the Bay Area Ridge Trail to dog walking. This annual closure is temporary; we’ll reopen these trails to dog walking in fall after pupping season ends. All 24 miles of hiking trails in the Presidio are open to people.


Main Post Region, Southern Wilds Region

Use Type

Multi-use Trail (Paved), Multi-use Trail (Unpaved)

Top Amenities

Accessible Parking, Accessible Restrooms, Paid Parking, Free Parking, Shuttle-accessible

Experience views, nature, and history on this tranquil trail through the middle of the Presidio.

This trail runs north-south, connecting the 14th Avenue Gate with Cavalry Stables not far from Crissy Field. 

You can pick it up at the south end in the Public Health Service District. Once the site of a U.S. Marine Hospital, the area has been transformed into the Presidio’s first LEED-certified green neighborhood.  

From here, pass through Presidio Golf Course, where you can make a snack stop at the Golf Course General Store. 

Next, the nature walk continues beneath the historic forest with towering eucalyptus, Monterey pine, and Monterey cypress planted by the Army in the 1800s. Here you can see ongoing work to replant aging trees with native plants beneath. 

The trail then meets with a short connecting route to the National Cemetery Overlook, a peaceful setting where you can contemplate the service of American soldiers and their families. 

Continue north to reach Cavalry Stables where the horses once critical to military life were housed. From here, you can connect with the east-west Presidio Promenade Trail or continue north to Crissy Field. 

Presidio Trails Tip 

Restrooms are located at the Golf Course General Store, where you can also pick up a snack and enjoy picnic tables.


1.7 miles (2.6 kilometers) 

Activity Level



Average grade: 6%

Maximum grade: 10%

Trail Width

Average width: 11 feet

Minimum width: 3 feet

Trail Surface

Mix of paved, compacted aggregate or wooden boardwalk

Estimated Walking Time

40 minutes

Getting to the Park Trail

Park Trail

Map of the Park Trail


At the south end, pick up the trail at the near the 14th Avenue Gate. At the north end, pick it up on McDowell Avenue near the Calvary Stables where it intersects with the Presidio Promenade Trail.

Parking & Public Transit

At the south end, paid parking can be found in the Public Health Service District in several lots off Wedemeyer Street. At the north end, limited free parking is available on McDowell Avenue near the Cavalry Stables. To get to the Presidio by bus or shuttle, visit the Public Transit page. 

Connecting Trails

Juan Bautista de Anza Trail

Experience four scenic overlooks on this trail commemorating the 1776 journey of the Spanish military commander. 

Learn More

Mountain Lake Trail

This popular nature trail stars San Francisco’s last surviving natural lake – and a whole lot more. 

Mountain Lake Trail

Bay Area Ridge Trail

This section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail runs from the Arguello Gate to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Learn More

Presidio Promenade Trail

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

Learn More
Park Trail winding through a eucalyptus forest.The Park Trail passes through the Presidio’s historic forest. Photo by Charity Vargas.