Ecology Trail

Presidio, California 94129

Elevation Gain241ft
Trailhead Elevation261ft
Elevation Min/Max117/261ft
Elevation Start/End261/261ft

Ecology Trail

Ecology Trail is a hiking trail in San Francisco, California. It is within Presidio. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 261 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 241 feet. The Inspiration Point parking can be seen along the trail.

Ecology Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Located in the heart of the historic Presidio of San Francisco, this route climbs through restored natural habitat to a scenic overlook, drops past a spring used by the native Ohlone, and rambles along a lane where Presidio soldiers once walked with their sweethearts."

"Located in the heart of the historic Presidio of San Francisco, this route lifts you to a scenic overlook and immerses you in history as it passes by charming homes once occupied by military men and their families. The Ecology Trail and Lover’s Lane capture the scenic and historic diversity of the Presidio in a neat package. They track through a dark forest of eucalyptus, pine, and cypress to wide vistas at Inspiration Point and showcase both a pocket of rare original habitat and a historical lane that linked the Spanish Presidio to Mission Dolores. The hike is also a bit of a workout and presents a route finding challenge—social trails collide in confusing tangles above El Polin Spring and around the Ecology Trail’s intersection with Lover’s Lane. The area is small enough and developed enough that you won’t get dangerously lost, but it can be confusing."

"This scenic passage takes you through the woods to a superb viewpoint and down a historic lane bordered by picturesque military housing. Winding through the southeastern corner of the Presidio, the Ecology Trail and Lovers’ Lane loop captures scenic diversity of the park. From the dark woodlands to the vista point, from a pocket of rare habitat to a historical lane that linked the Presidio to Mission Dolores during the Spanish occupation, the route presents the park’s treasures in a compact and mildly challenging package."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Skill Level
Presidio of San Francisco, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Building 201, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123; (415) 561-4323; Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Building 201, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA 94123; (415) 561-3000;
Local Contacts
USGS San Francisco North; GGNRA and Presidio of San Francisco brochures and maps available at park visitor centers and online at Map-9-15_color_print1.pdf
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Aug 2018