Lobos Creek Valley Trail

San Francisco, California

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At just 1 mile, this is one of the shorter hiking trails in the city. For someone who’s looking for some serious exercise, this trail is best done as part of a longer route. However, if you want a small dose of nature in a less-explored area of the Presidio, this may be the hike for you. The hike features a wheelchair- accessible boardwalk, its own informational brochure, a sandy path lined with cypress trees, and an overlook where you can take in the Lobos Creek Valley. This area was a favorite for photographer and San Francisco native Ansel Adams. Lobos Creek originates in the southwest corner of the Presidio and flows into the Pacific Ocean at Baker Beach. It is the last free-flowing creek in San Francisco, while Yosemite, Islais, and Mission creeks have long been rerouted and in some cases diverted underground from their original paths. Lobos Creek used to provide water for Native inhabitants of the city and continues to be the Presidio’s primary water source.
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Urban Trails San Francisco

by Alexandra Kenin (The Mountaineers Books)

At just 1 mile, this is one of the shorter hiking trails in the city. For someone who’s looking for some serious exercise, this trail is best done as part of a longer route. However, if you want a small dose of nature in a less-explored area of the Presidio, this may be the hike for you. The hike features a wheelchair- accessible boardwalk, its own informational brochure, a sandy path lined with cypress trees, and an overlook where you can take in the Lobos Creek Valley. This area was a favorite for photographer and San Francisco native Ansel Adams.

Lobos Creek originates in the southwest corner of the Presidio and flows into the Pacific Ocean at Baker Beach. It is the last free-flowing creek in San Francisco, while Yosemite, Islais, and Mission creeks have long been rerouted and in some cases diverted underground from their original paths. Lobos Creek used to provide water for Native inhabitants of the city and continues to be the Presidio’s primary water source.

© 2016  Alexandra Kenin /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: San Francisco
Distance: 1.0
Elevation Gain: 110 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 30 minutes
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Presidio Trust; Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Local Maps: El Camino del Mar and Bowley St., San Francisco
Driving Directions: Directions to Lobos Creek Valley Trail

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