Golden Gate Promenade

Presidio, California 94129

Distance0.8mi
Elevation Gain17ft
Trailhead Elevation12ft
Top12ft
Elevation Min/Max9/12ft
Elevation Start/End12/12ft

Golden Gate Promenade

Golden Gate Promenade is a hiking and biking trail in San Francisco, California. It is within Presidio. It is 0.8 miles long and begins at 12 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 17 feet. Near the trailhead there are a bbq and a picnic site. The Tidal Marsh wetland, the Sea Elephant artwork, and the Farallones Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center museum can be seen along the trail. There are also a wood, trees, an information, and a beach along the trail.

Golden Gate Promenade Professional Reviews and Guides

"Stretched between the towers of the Golden Gate Bridge and the stately homes of San Francisco’s Marina District, the Golden Gate Promenade parallels the beach and bayshore, passes along historic Crissy Field, sports awesome views, and is a premiere people-watching venue. More often than not, a blanket of fog creeps in overnight to cover the bay and its city. In the morning the curtain of sea mist pulls back slowly under the warming sun, first revealing sailboats close in to shore, then the dark bulks of Angel and Alcatraz Islands, and finally the red span of the Golden Gate Bridge and the steep Marin Headlands. Whether you’ve seen it a thousand times or you are a newcomer to the Bay Area, you’ll be mesmerized. And one of the best places to watch is from the Golden Gate Promenade. This wide, flat multiuse trail traces the bayshore from the Marina District to Fort Point and is invariably crowded with hikers, runners, moms and dads pushing strollers, cyclists, folks in wheelchairs, and dog walkers. The dogs, which are supposed to be on leashes, dash in and out of the surf and across the path willy-nilly. Sailboarders and kayakers launch from the beach, mingling with sailboats on sunny, windy days. Even if the fog doesn’t burn off, the promenade puts on a show."

"Wharf. Parking lots are available off Marina Boulevard at Fort Mason, Marina Green, Crissy Field, and near the St. Francis Yacht Club. The route below begins at Marina Green. OK, OK, this trek leads you past a lot of what people come to San Francisco for in the first place. But hey, who says we can’t be hikers and sightseers? This paved trail heads along the shoreline of San Francisco Bay from Marina Green to Fort Point and the southern footings of the Golden Gate Bridge. Along the way, you’ll see the sights, like the San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz, Tiburon, San Francisco Bay, and of course, the brick-red bridge that just might be the most photographed landmark in the Bay Area—the Golden Gate."

"A premier tour of the shoreline of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Promenade rambles alongside a length of beach that was once a vast expanse of dune edged by salt marshes and lagoons, and later the site of a military landing strip and work yard.

An astonishing feat of environmental restoration has revived the beachfront as a natural treasure; dubbed the Crissy Field Restoration Project, the combined efforts of the National Park Service’s GGNRA, the Golden Gate National Parks Association (the GGNRA’s nonprofit support partner), and several private foundations made the restoration possible."

"The restored marsh at Crissy Field is at one end of the promenade, and the arcing supports of the Golden Gate Bridge are at the other. Views of San Francisco Bay fill the space between beautifully. The veil lifts slowly, revealing first the ghostly forms of sailboats hugging the shoreline, then the dark shapes of Alcatraz Island and Angel Island, and finally the graceful architecture of the Golden Gate Bridge. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a San Francisco native or a visitor watching the curtain rise for the first time, the scene is unforgettable. To obtain a front-row seat for the unveiling, take a walk or bike ride along the Golden Gate Promenade. This wide, flat multi-use trail traces the bayshore from the Marina to Fort Point, and the views from its benches, beaches, and picnic grounds are unsurpassed."

"Okay, okay, this trek leads you past a lot of what people come to San Francisco for in the first place. But hey, who says we can’t be hikers and sightseers?"

"People who have never been to San Francisco or know very little about the city, at least know about the Golden Gate Bridge. The taut swag of its cables, recognizable in silhouette form, are an emblem of the city. Its color, International Orange, is associated specifically with the bridge. The bridge stands apart from the city—buffered by the parklands of the Presidio on the south end and the Marin Headlands on the north end—and its structure and natural setting complement one another. Very subtly, however, the bridge gets the upper hand over its environs. The bridge is obviously not as old as the hills that receive either of its ends, but the hills nevertheless appear to be there for the bridge. And the fog, which has always poured into San Francisco Bay through the Golden Gate strait, seems to serve the purpose of dramatically enhancing the bridge, concealing and unveiling its two towers and continually adjusting the natural light reflected on the bridge during the day. Ultimately, of course, the bridge serves us, making it possible for human traffic to travel to and from Marin County and beyond. Most thoughtfully, the bridge has a walkway on its eastern side so it is possible to cross the Golden Gate on foot to admire the views and ponder all that this bridge stands for. It was designed as a monument to progress, and if we are awed by the bridge, we must be awed by ourselves."

"A walk along the Golden Gate Promenade parallels the long, grassy expanse of historic Crissy Field and leads to Fort Point.

Stretching between the south towers of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marina District, the Golden Gate Promenade lies between East Beach on San Francisco Bay and historic Crissy Field. It’s a fun, busy, scenic stroll that encompasses great views of the Golden Gate Bridge for most of its outgoing distance and city skyline views on the return.

The wide, flat, multiuse trail is invariably crowded with hikers, runners, moms and dads pushing strollers, cyclists, folks in wheelchairs, and dog walkers. Sailboarders and kayakers launch from the beach, mingling with sailboats on sunny, windy days, and kites fly where once biplanes took wing. Even if the fog doesn’t burn off, the promenade puts on a show."

"A graceful sweep of perfection, the Golden Gate Bridge is the defining landmark of Northern California. It is a marvel of human ingenuity that spanned an impossible gap across a violent strait, an engineering masterpiece famous the world over."

"While there’s no denying that the main draw of this walk/hike is the Golden Gate Bridge, a loop along the bluffs between Baker Beach and the bridge itself brims with beautiful vistas and provocative historic sites.

The Golden Gate is a tangible symbol of the vitality, elegance, and strength of the City by the Bay; the wall-to-wall batteries on the headlands flanking the spectacular structure symbolize just how hard its residents—and a nation— were prepared to fight to protect it."

"This hardy hike spends more time hemmed in by coastal chaparral than the headlands’ surf-battered shores. But the highlights that make this a standout hike include historic battery sites with unique vantage points to appreciate the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, hiking the California Coastal Trail and the Bay Area Ridge Trail, and a worthwhile descent to stunning Black Sands Beach.

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area was created out of land and facilities formerly owned by the US military. Grassroots groups under the banner of People for a Golden Gate National Recreation Area, supported by visionary politicians of the 1960s, campaigned for the federal government to purchase the land to protect it from development and preserve the ecological and scenic wealth of the landscape as well as the cultural heritage and historical landmarks."

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Trail Information

Presidio
Nearby City
Presidio
Parks
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
Skating
Additional Use
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 201 Fort Mason, San Francisco 94123-0022; (415) 561-4700 or (415) 426-5240; nps.gov/goga
Local Contacts
USGS San Francisco North; GGNRA and Presidio of San Francisco brochures and maps available at park visitor centers and online at www.nps.gov/prsf/planyourvisit/upload/Pad- Map-9-15_color_print1.pdf
Local Maps

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Sep 2018