How to Hike The Presidio This Summer
Did you know there are 24 miles of trails in the Presidio? Here are five ways to experience these trails for a memorable hiking excursion.
Take a Guided Art Hike
The Presidio contains the largest public view collection of sculptures by artist Andy Goldsworthy in North America, including Spire, Wood Line, Tree Fall, and Earth Wall. On the second Saturday of each month, the Presidio Trust hosts a docent-led tour visiting the four installations along a three-mile hike. Get to know the origins of these sculptures, which are made from the Presidio’s own natural materials. Sign up for a tour here.
Go Solo on a Self-Guided Hike
Not sure how to start off on your own? The Tennessee Hollow Watershed Walk guides you through a two-mile section of the park’s watershed, where restoration projects over the last 15 years have brought habitats back to life. Along the way, you’ll learn about significant people and moments in Presidio history. Download a guide here.
Take a Walk Back in Time
The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail commemorates the 1776 journey that Spanish military commander de Anza led from Sonora, Mexico to the Golden Gate, where settlers first established the Presidio as a military post. The trail follows the last 2.7 miles of de Anza’s 1,200-mile journey, from where he camped at Mountain Lake to where he peered out over the coastal bluffs toward the great bay. Learn more about the Juan Bautista de Anza Historic Trail here.
A three-mile loop provides access to the Presidio’s trails no matter your mode of travel: foot, wheelchair, or stroller. The loop showcases the best of the Presidio and includes portions of six trails: the Bay Area Ridge Trail, the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, the California Coastal Trail, the Presidio Promenade, the Bay Trail, and the Park Trail. Along the way, you’ll enjoy gentle slopes and firm surfaces, forest groves, historic buildings, and views of San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. View the trail here.
Give Back and Volunteer
Make your hike more rewarding by helping to keep the trail system safe and looking great. On the second Tuesday of each month, you can join the Presidio Trail Stewards volunteer day, from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., and help maintain the park for visitors. Or, volunteer as a Trail Ambassador and serve as a welcoming presence along the trails, ready with maps, directions, and suggestions.