Experience views, nature, and history on this tranquil trail through the middle of the Presidio.
Main Post Region, Southern Wilds Region
Multi-use Trail (Paved), Multi-use Trail (Unpaved)
Accessible Parking, Accessible Restrooms, Paid Parking, Free Parking, Shuttle-accessible
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.
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.
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)
Average grade: 6%
Maximum grade: 10%
Average width: 11 feet
Minimum width: 3 feet
Mix of paved, compacted aggregate or wooden boardwalk
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.
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.
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