miles - (4.3
Easy to moderate
Multiuse (pedestrians and cyclists); Pedestrian only in sections
Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail commemorates the 1776 journey Spanish
military commander de Anza led from Sonora, Mexico to the Golden Gate, where
colonial settlers first established the Presidio as a military post.
section of the Anza Trail was the first established overland route to San Francisco
Bay. In fact, you can
begin your hike at Mountain Lake, where members of Anza’s expedition
first camped centuries ago. From here, your journey will provide access to some
of the Presidio’s most beautiful natural areas and many historic attractions,
including the World War II Memorial to the Missing and historic gun batteries.
The Anza Trail
has a total of four designated scenic viewing areas dotting its path – the
Lobos Valley Overlook, Pacific Overlook, Golden Gate Overlook, and Immigrant
Point Overlook. Be sure to take advantage of these resting points for
Restrooms are located at Mountain Lake Park and at the Golden Gate Bridge. The Immigrant
Point Overlook picnic area (just across Lincoln Boulevard from the overlook) is
a great place to pause if you packed snacks.