Why We Love It: San Francisco's most hidden beach…shhhhhh!
What's Provided: limited amenities, but an abundance of spectacular views
Insider Tips: just off of the Presidio's iconic
Batteries to Bluffs Trail
Getting There: MUNI 29; PresidiGo Shuttle PRESIDIO HILLS ROUTE; parking at
Baker Beach and the Golden Gate Overlook
If you’re looking for a secluded experience, Marshall’s Beach is the spot for you. Located just north of
Baker Beach, this is one of our beaches near the
Golden Gate Bridge. It’s incredibly photogenic, offering spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the Marin Headlands.
It’s also hands-down one of the best beaches in San Francisco. Though you’re just minutes from the City, you’re convening with nature in the great outdoors in a national park. This is a great beach to take a break from hiking, do a little birdwatching, and explore the Serpentine rock formations and native wildflowers.
Rumor has it, some dare to go bare at the intimate Marshall’s Beach, but whatever “natural” aspects of this beach that entice you, this is one of the best places to take in a sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Just don't forget to bring extra layers – you’re at the edge of the continent…and it can get cold out there!
Getting Here + Amenities
The only way to access Marshall’s Beach is by foot off of the
Batteries to Bluffs Trail.
If you’re starting from
Baker Beach (where parking is located), take the Sand Ladder up to the
California Coastal Trail, then connect to the rugged
Batteries to Bluffs Trail which will take you to Marshall’s Beach.
You can also park at Langdon Court near the
Golden Gate Overlook and then access the Batteries to Bluffs trail nearby.
There are no restrooms at Marshall’s Beach; the closest option is