Batteries to Bluffs Trail

Presidio, California 94129

Elevation Gain655ft
Trailhead Elevation262ft
Elevation Min/Max53/262ft
Elevation Start/End262/262ft

Batteries to Bluffs Trail

Batteries to Bluffs Trail is a hiking trail in San Francisco, California. It is within Presidio. It is 1.5 miles long and begins at 262 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 655 feet. The Battery West ruins is near the trailhead. The Marshall Beach can be seen along the trail. There is also a viewpoint along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Coastal Trail.

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Urban Trails San Francisco (The Mountaineers Books)
Alexandra Kenin
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"While this gorgeous bayside trail is short, it manages to pack a major punch due to the 470 or so steps along its way. But don’t worry too much about the stairs—there is plenty to distract you. When you’re not enjoying breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, or the Marin Headlands, you can learn about the historic gun batteries you’ll encounter on the cliffs. The trail was completed in October 2007, and construction wasn’t easy. At times, materials were delivered by helicopter to protect the sensitive habitat." Read more
Hiking Through History San Francisco Bay Area (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourré
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"The bluffs overlooking the strait of the Golden Gate are studded with military installations built between the Civil War and the Cold War. This trail links the batteries to the Golden Gate Bridge and a beach tucked at the base of windswept cliffs composed of serpentine rock. This hike links the batteries to the bridge, and also to a pair of beaches tucked below the bluff s on the south side of the Golden Gate. The route begins at Battery Chamberlin, which overlooks Baker Beach and the mouth of the strait." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Golden Gate National Recreation Area; Presidio Trust
Local Contacts
Sand Ladder, San Francisco
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Dec 2018