miles - (4.0
Easy to moderate
Multiuse (pedestrians and cyclists); Pedestrian only in sections; No dogs permitted
The Bay Area Ridge Trail is a continuous
550-mile multi-use loop that circles the highest and often most scenic points
around San Francisco Bay. Currently, 340 miles of the loop is open to the
public, including the 2.5-mile section that passes through the Presidio.
Starting from Arguello Gate, the Bay Area
Ridge Trail hugs the northern perimeter of Presidio Golf Course, eventually
intertwining with the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail and the
California Coastal Trail. It ends at the Golden Gate Bridge.
There’s a lot packed in along the way. In
fact, this might be the perfect trail for those who relish variety because
there are so many different things to see, like the Presidio’s forest, three
scenic overlooks, and several must-see historic and cultural points of
interest, including Spire, artist Andy Goldsworthy’s striking 100-foot
sculpture made of felled Monterey cypress trunks. The Bay Area Ridge Trail also
crosses paths with the Presidio’s only campground, Rob Hill Campground, built
on four acres at the park’s highest point.
Helpful hint: Restrooms are located at
Presidio Golf Course Clubhouse and the Golden Gate Bridge.