A walk on the Presidio Promenade is more of a leisurely stroll than a strenuous hike. Since it passes through so many places that highlight the Presidio’s rich and varied past, it’s highly recommended for history lovers.
Starting from the east at the Lombard Gate, the trail wanders just south of the Letterman Digital Arts Center, headquarters for Lucasfilm Ltd., Industrial Light and Magic, LucasArts, and the George Lucas Educational Foundation. Hop off the trail here for a moment to take a selfie with the famous life-sized Yoda statue.
Just west is the Thoreau Center for Sustainability, which provides work spaces for non-profits. Next up is the Wayburn Redwood Grove, a small stand of trees dedicated to the late conservationist and park champion Dr. Edward Wayburn and his wife Peggy.
Further along, the Presidio Promenade takes you deeper into the park’s history, to where the Presidio began – the Main Post. Here, in 1776, Spain first established a military post. Just south of the Promenade you’ll find the Presidio’s oldest building, the Presidio Officers’ Club.
The Promenade continues past San Francisco National Cemetery and historic Cavalry Stables. At Crissy Field Overlook, stop for a magical view of the northern waterfront and the city skyline before continuing to the trail’s end at the Golden Gate Bridge.
Helpful hint: Restrooms are located at the Presidio Transit Center and the Golden Gate Bridge.