you’re the type who enjoys their hiking with a side of expansive ocean views,
you’ll be thoroughly invigorated by the Batteries to Bluffs Trail, a short but
majestic route that snakes along the Presidio’s wild western shoreline.
to Bluffs begins on a high note – quite literally. The two trailheads at
Lincoln Boulevard offer an elevated view of the Pacific Ocean horizon, with the
Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headlands to the northwest, and the dramatic
bluffs tumbling to the rocky shore below.
the scenery around the trail is exceptional – if you’re lucky, you may even see
dolphins riding the crest of a wave – pay attention to what’s right next to you.
Depending on the season, the path comes alive with native dune plants and
wildflowers. Butterflies and birds cluster around to enjoy this bounty of
bright flora. Batteries to Bluffs crisscrosses trickling seeps and hidden
springs along the way to Battery Crosby, a historic gun battery you can explore
to your heart’s content.
Batteries to Bluffs trail offers the option to descend a blue-green serpentine
hillside that connects to tranquil Marshall’s Beach. Ultimately, it connects
back to the California Coastal Trail at each end.
highly recommend taking a sunset hike for the ultimate experience, but even on
a foggy day, this trail makes for a memorable journey.
hint: The closest restrooms are located at the Fort Scott Ballfield, near the
intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Storey Avenue.