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Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail

 

​Length: ​2.7 miles (4.3 kilometers)
​Use Type: ​multiuse (pedestrians and cyclists); pedestrian only sections
​Difficulty: easy to moderate​

 

The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail commemorates the route followed by the 1775–1776 expedition led by Anza from Sonora, Mexico, to the Golden Gate where they established a military post (what we know today as the Presidio of San Francisco).

 
The three-mile Presidio segment traces Anza’s discovery of the first overland route to San Francisco Bay. The journey begins at Mountain Lake where the travelers first camped two centuries ago. At that time a member of the expedition wrote, “We halted on the banks of a lake or spring of very fine water near the mouth of the port of San Francisco. . . . Near the lake there were so many yerba buena and so many lilies that I almost had them inside my tent.”
 
From Mountain Lake, visitors can follow in the settlers’ footsteps up through the Public Health Service District and across the Presidio’s high ridgeline, past Immigrant Point Overlook and Rob Hill Campground, ultimately reaching the Golden Gate Bridge. Please not that sections of the trail are not complete and are planned for construction in the coming years.
 
 
 
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