Barbary Coast Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near San Francisco, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The Barbary Coast Trail is a walking tour connecting 20 historic sites and local history museums in San Francisco, California. Approximately 180 bronze medallions and arrows embedded in the sidewalk mark the trail. The historic sites of the Barbary Coast Trail relate primarily to the period from the California Gold Rush of 1849 to the Earthquake and Fire of 1906, a period when San Francisco grew from a small village to the busiest port on the West Coast. Sites along the trail include the Old Mint, a national historic landmark; Union Square; Maiden Lane; Old St. Mary's, first Catholic cathedral West of the Rockies; T'ien Hou temple, first Asian temple in North America; Wells Fargo History Museum; Pony Express headquarters site; Jackson Square Historic District, which contains the last cluster of Gold Rush and Barbary Coast-era buildings in San Francisco; Old Ship Saloon, once a shanghaiing den; Coit Tower; Fisherman's Wharf; SF Maritime National Historical Park, which maintains a large collection of historic ships; and Ghirardelli Square. Each end of the Barbary Coast Trail is connected by the Hyde-Powell cable car line, itself a national historic landmark.
Follow the arrows of where it tells you to walk. I started from the other side first rather than near the fisherman wharf area. It's a nice moderate walk, and takes you into chinatown. I live here so I didn't complete the trail because I've seen it all. Great for the tourist those who want to check out some historic site and buildings on this trail.
Picturesque trail thru Chinatown past pier 39. Easy trail to follow with the medallions in sidewalk. 3hrs including some shopping and a stop at the beach.
Fascinating tour through so many key sites in San Francisco's history. Be ready for crowds in places, especially Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf, but well worth it.
An old trail by china town off grant st. Very wild.