Presidio Promenade

Presidio, California 94129

Elevation Gain150ft
Trailhead Elevation126ft
Elevation Min/Max76/129ft
Elevation Start/End126/126ft

Presidio Promenade

Presidio Promenade is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in San Francisco, California. It is within Presidio. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 126 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 150 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. Along the trail there are parkings, a wood, and viewpoints. This trail connects with the following: Park Trail.

Presidio Promenade Professional Reviews and Guides

"This easy hike takes you from the Presidio’s Lombard Gate to the Golden Gate Bridge—mostly on paved paths and sidewalks but with a little well-packed dirt at the end. This route de?nitely feels like an urban hike since you’re walking near Lincoln Boulevard and US 101 for much of the time.

You won’t spend a lot of time in nature here, but you will see various historic areas of the Presidio, such as the Letterman District, the Main Post, San Francisco National Cemetery, and the former cavalry stables. You will also get views: The Crissy Field Overlook is a highlight, giving you views of Crissy Field, the bay, the Palace of Fine Arts, and the San Francisco skyline."

"The Presidio for many years was one of the major U.S. Army posts on the West Coast. In 1995 almost all of it was turned over to the National Park Service, to be administered as a part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. NOTE: As is always the case in big city parks, you should be careful in the more isolated areas, where it is generally not a good idea to bird alone. Specialty birds: Resident—Hutton’s Vireo, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Pygmy Nuthatch. Summer—Heermann’s Gull, Elegant Tern, Allen’s Hummingbird, Hooded Oriole. Winter—Western Grebe, Black Turnstone, Surfbird, Mew Gull, Red-breasted Sapsucker, Varied Thrush, Townsend’s Warbler. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."

"The Presidio, along with Mission Dolores, was just about all there was to San Francisco during the city’s Spanish period. It was the Spanish military outpost, linked to the mission via a trail that later became Divisadero St. Its location overlooking the Golden Gate was suitable for guarding the entrance to San Francisco Bay. The Presidio’s 1,000 acres remained a military outpost under the Mexican government. Under U.S. rule, the Presidio was an Army base until 1994, when it was turned over to the National Park System. As a park, it has a lot to offer. Its historic buildings include one of the city’s very oldest structures, as well as many buildings from the Civil War period. Some rows of military housing built in the Colonial Revival style resemble a Norman Rockwell vision of small town American life, with wide porches and plenty of red brick and white trim. San Francisco’s most recognizable architectural feature, the Golden Gate Bridge, touches down on the park’s northern tip."

"Wave Organ, beach trails, and Golden Gate views of San Francisco Bay"

"On this hike, you’re on a portion of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, which will one day trace a 550-mile loop along the ridgeline above the bay. My favorite aspects of the Presidio are history, art, and nature—and this route features all three.

Get your dose of military history at the National Cemetery Overlook and Rob Hill Campground, a former army lookout station and the only overnight campground in San Francisco."

"This remarkable route rambles through the blend of military history and green space that is the Presidio of San Francisco.

This walk begins among the historic buildings on the Presidio’s Main Post and then proceeds up through a beautiful woodland. Though the forest path feels secluded, on any given day you will encounter fellow walkers, joggers, and folks on outings with their dogs. The forest used to cover much of the Presidio grounds, but as part of a restoration project some of the trees have been removed, and portions of the route wind through areas that harken back to San Francisco’s early days, when the landscape was composed of sand dunes blasted by ocean winds. Drop down to El Polin Spring in Tennessee Hollow and you’ll see what the restoration has revealed; the process is well established on the slopes below Inspiration Point, where native plant species of the rare serpentine grassland have been nurtured by the park and thrive."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Skill Level
Bay Area Ridge Trail; Presidio Trust; Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Local Contacts
Jackson St. and Arguello Blvd., San Francisco
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Sep 2018