Hike Date: February 20, 2011
Distance: ~ 6
Trail(s): Bay Area Ridge Trail, Batteries to Bluffs Trail, Anza Trail, Mountain Lake Trail
Where’s it at? The Presidio, San Francisco, CA


While I’ve lived in the Bay Area almost my whole life I’d never spent much time in the Presidio, and was pleasantly surprised to find out how many different hiking trails it has. I’d been to Fort Point before but never on the southwestern side of Hwy 101 and the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s surprisingly large and full of trees and excellent ocean views.

For this trip we took this section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, a trail that, while not continuous, offers beautiful hikes encircling the San Francisco Bay. We parked at the end of Arguello Ave. in San Francisco, for free, which is very near the starting trailhead for this leg of the Ridge Trail.

From the trailhead we hiked northwesterly until reaching the batteries on the coast, with great views of the Golden Gate and southern Marin. The batteries and all the old military buildings were very interesting.

From there we head south along the Batteries to Bluffs trail which is a narrow trail winding along Pacific Coast cliffs. A short ways along and you begin to descend down a very well built sand staircase toward the beach below. The beach offers a nice moment to relax and take some photos of the waves breaking.

After some time on the beach you can continue on the trail crossing two small bridges and more well-built sand stairs. We hiked up to the road above and then got onto the Anza trail, passing by the only campground in San Francisco. That pretty much ends the real scenic part of this journey, we took the Anza Trail back, which seems to wind through the middle of a golf course, offering a small general store with snacks and beverages for the hungry or thirsty visitors. From there, left on the Mountain Lake Trail which took us back to Arguello ending in a fairly long, wide hill.

By the way, the lake doesn’t offer much scenery, we had to really look around to see any water in between the dense foliage along it’s shores.

Photos from the Presidio in SF (click to enlarge)

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