Old Mission Road

San Francisco, California

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When the Spanish arrived in Yerba Buena (present-day San Francisco) in the late 1700s, they had two priorities: to establish a mission and to defend the area from outside attack. To these ends, they constructed Misión San Francisco de Asís (now Mission Dolores) and the Presidio. Connecting these two centers of activity—and connecting California’s missions to one another—was the Old Mission Road, or El Camino Real. El Camino Real was known as the Royal Road and the King’s Highway. In Yerba Buena, it followed the natural contours of the land, running through the center of town and avoiding sand dunes to the west and marshy land to the east. This section of the Old Mission Road starts at Mission Dolores and ends at the Presidio Officers’ Club. In between, you’ll visit Duboce Park, Alamo Square, Alta Plaza Park, and Lovers’ Lane. Although you’re walking through a modern city, remember that you also are following a path that has existed for nearly 250 years.
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by Alexandra Kenin (The Mountaineers Books)

When the Spanish arrived in Yerba Buena (present-day San Francisco) in the late 1700s, they had two priorities: to establish a mission and to defend the area from outside attack. To these ends, they constructed Misión San Francisco de Asís (now Mission Dolores) and the Presidio. Connecting these two centers of activity—and connecting California’s missions to one another—was the Old Mission Road, or El Camino Real. El Camino Real was known as the Royal Road and the King’s Highway. In Yerba Buena, it followed the natural contours of the land, running through the center of town and avoiding sand dunes to the west and marshy land to the east.

This section of the Old Mission Road starts at Mission Dolores and ends at the Presidio Officers’ Club. In between, you’ll visit Duboce Park, Alamo Square, Alta Plaza Park, and Lovers’ Lane. Although you’re walking through a modern city, remember that you also are following a path that has existed for nearly 250 years.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: San Francisco
Distance: 4.0
Elevation Gain: 460 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Mission Dolores; San Francisco Recreation and Park Department; Presidio Trust
Local Maps: Mission Dolores, San Francisco
Driving Directions: Directions to Old Mission Road

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