Fort Funston

San Francisco, California

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There are three good reasons to hike the trail on the former military complex at the southwestern corner of San Francisco, now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The coastal views north across to the Marin Headlands are stunning. The trail is a stitch in the California Coastal Trail. Lake Merced Military Reservation was established in 1900 as a defense post for San Francisco Bay. The base was renamed for General Frederick Funston in 1917, and the fort was a Nike missile launch site during the Cold War. The compound was deactivated in the 1960s and eventually absorbed into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
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by Linda and David Mullally (Falcon Guides)

There are three good reasons to hike the trail on the former military complex at the southwestern corner of San Francisco, now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The coastal views north across to the Marin Headlands are stunning. The trail is a stitch in the California Coastal Trail. Lake Merced Military Reservation was established in 1900 as a defense post for San Francisco Bay.

The base was renamed for General Frederick Funston in 1917, and the fort was a Nike missile launch site during the Cold War. The compound was deactivated in the 1960s and eventually absorbed into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: San Francisco
Distance: 2.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 184 feet
Top Elevation: 184 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Fort Mason, Building 201, San Francisco 94123; (415) 556-0560; nps.gov/goga Fort Funston, (415) 5568642. Call or check the website for current dog policy.
Driving Directions: Directions to Fort Funston

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Apr 2018