Old Mission Road

San Francisco, California 94143

Old Mission Road

Old Mission Road Professional Review and Guide

"When the Spanish arrived in Yerba Buena (present-day San Francisco) in the late 1700s, they had two priorities: to establish a mission and to defend the area from outside attack. To these ends, they constructed Misión San Francisco de Asís (now Mission Dolores) and the Presidio. Connecting these two centers of activity—and connecting California’s missions to one another—was the Old Mission Road, or El Camino Real. El Camino Real was known as the Royal Road and the King’s Highway. In Yerba Buena, it followed the natural contours of the land, running through the center of town and avoiding sand dunes to the west and marshy land to the east.

This section of the Old Mission Road starts at Mission Dolores and ends at the Presidio Officers’ Club. In between, you’ll visit Duboce Park, Alamo Square, Alta Plaza Park, and Lovers’ Lane. Although you’re walking through a modern city, remember that you also are following a path that has existed for nearly 250 years."

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Trail Information

San Francisco
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
4.0
Distance
460 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2 hours
Duration
Year-round
Season
Mission Dolores; San Francisco Recreation and Park Department; Presidio Trust
Local Contacts
Mission Dolores, San Francisco
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018