Before San Francisco became the bustling city we know today, a large part of it was made up of coastal sand dunes. With the development of San Francisco over two centuries, much of the native landscape no longer exists. In 1994, the Presidio's Lobos Creek Valley underwent a major restoration to bring back its original dune ecosystem. Today, Lobos Creek Valley Trail offers a way to experience a bit of San Francisco's lost natural heritage.
Spanning just under a mile, the Lobos Creek Valley Trail is a flat, at-grade boardwalk that winds through renewed habitat, including fresh water Lobos Creek. Inhale the herbaceous aroma of beach sage wort and other fragrant native plants. Watch dragonflies and butterflies whir and flutter by. Listen to birds noisily chatter. And see if you can spot rare species of flora you'll be hard pressed to find anywhere else, including the San Francisco wallflower, the San Francisco lessingia, and the San Francisco spineflower.