California Coastal Trail

Length 2.4 miles - (3.9 ) kilometers
Challenge Level Easy to moderate
Use Type Multiuse (pedestrians and cyclists)
Estimated Biking Time (minutes) 15
Estimated Calories Burned Female: 220
Male: 260
Estimated Walking Time (minutes) 48
Type of Bike Route Combination of Multiuse Trail, In Road Bike Lanes, and Bike/Car Shared Lanes
Presidio Trail -

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 Overl​ook 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.