Park Trail

Length 1.7 miles - (2.7 ) kilometers
Challenge Level Easy to moderate
Use Type Multiuse (pedestrians and cyclists); Pedestrian only in sections
Grade Average grade is 6%
Maximun grade is 10%
Cross Slope Average cross slope is 2%
Maximum cross slope is 5%
Tread Width Average tread width is 11 feet
Minimum width is 3 feet
Trail Surface Trail surface is paved, compacted aggregate, or wooden bridge
Estimated Biking Time (minutes) 11
Estimated Calories Burned Female: 156
Male: 184
Estimated Walking Time (minutes) 34
Type of Bike Route Combination of Multiuse Trail, In Road Bike Lanes, and Bike/Car Shared Lanes
Presidio Trail -

The Park Trail runs north-south right down the middle of the Presidio. It begins at the park’s southern boundary at the 14th Avenue Gate near the historic Public Health Service District. Once the site of a 19th century U.S. Marine Hospital campus, the area has been transformed into the Presidio’s first LEED-certified green neighborhood.

The Park Trail also intersects with the Presidio Golf Course, one of the oldest courses west of the Mississippi. If you’re hungry, stop at the Golf Course General Store for delicious barbeque (restrooms are available here as well). Just beyond the course, the trail enters the Presidio’s historic forest of towering eucalyptus, Monterey pine, and Monterey cypress, planted by the U.S. Army in the late 1800s.

The Park Trail eventually intersects with a short connecting route to National Cemetery Overlook, a tranquil setting where visitors can contemplate the service of those who came before.

Further north, the trail connects with the Presidio Promenade at the Cavalry Stables where the horses that were once so critical to military life were housed. The trail ultimately concludes at the northern waterfront at Crissy Field.