Lobos Creek Valley Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Alexandra Kenin , Urban Trails San Francisco (The Mountaineers Books).
"Check out a restored coastal dune habitat—which once dominated San Francisco’s headlands—along the short, interpretive trail that follows Lobos Creek. Lobos Creek nourishes a unique habitat, a variety of rare and endangered plant species, and the spirits of those who visit. From the last stand of live oaks thriving in the riparian zone adjacent to the stream to the tiny and rare threespine stickleback that swims in its waters, this is a fertile environment. A boardwalk meanders out into a coastal dune ecosystem that has been rebuilt and protected in this pocket of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The boardwalk parallels the last free-flowing creek in San Francisco, which for years has been the Presidio’s drinking water source and now waters beautiful and endangered flora on its northern bank."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourre, Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco Peninsula (Falcon Guides).
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