miles - (3.9
Easy to moderate
Multiuse (pedestrians and cyclists)
The California Coastal Trail is a 1,200-mile,
multi-use route stretching
along the Pacific coastline from Mexico to Oregon. The 2.7-mile segment that
runs through the Presidio starts at the 25th Avenue Gate near Baker Beach, traces the rocky
coastal bluffs, and ends at the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. In between these two points, you will
find expansive views of the Pacific Ocean.
Native blooms and shrubs, windswept Monterey
cypress, and the craggy shoreline below add to the stunning beauty of this
trail. You might need a moment to take in all the grandeur. The Golden Gate
Overlook and Pacific Overlook, both situated along the trail, are ideal spots
to take a break and soak in the views.
The California Coastal Trail also boasts the
most access points to the Presidio’s historic gun batteries, including Battery
Chamberlin, where visitors can see a “disappearing gun” demonstration on the
first full weekend of each month. The route also includes a new
bicycle/pedestrian bridge that connects to the Golden Gate Bridge for easy
access to the Marin Headlands.
Helpful hint: Cyclists should note that there
is a dedicated bike lane on Lincoln Boulevard. Restrooms are located at Baker
Beach and the Golden Gate Bridge.