The presidio was an army post for over 200 years. Today many tourists visit the military buildings to explore the architecture, national cometary, airfield, forests, or neighboring beaches. Just a quick walk from the Golden Gate Bridge it is a great addition to any day out in San Francisco.
We started the hike at 10:00 am from the Presidio Transit Center. We hiked through the Presidio to the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza, walked under the bridge and took the Coastal Trail to Land's End - visit Marshall's and Baker's Beach, the beautiful Seacliff neighborhood, Land's End Trail, Sutro Baths, Cliff House, and ended at Ocean Beach. Total distance was 7.6 miles with elevation of 951 feet. Our moving time was 2:46 but with so many beautiful coastal view stops and a lunch break at the Ocean Beach, our total time was over 4 hours. It was a wonderful hike and rated moderate because the distance.
We actually started at the Crissy Field Center, crossed the street onto Baker, walked past the Palace of Fine Arts, then crossed Gorgas Ave, through Lucas Park in the Presidio. We hiked up to Lover's Lane Trail, turned right on Mountain Lake Trail, turned right on Ecology Trail around El Polin Springs and the Grassland Restoration. We continued on Ecology Trail to the left then out and back to Inspiration Point. From Inspiration Point we turned right on the Ridge Trail all the way to Immigrant Point overview, then continued on to Batteries to Bluff Trail to the Golden Gate Bridge overlook (toll Plaza), then down the stairs to Fort Point, then took the Gate Promenade back to the East Beach and the starting point. Total distance was 7 miles. It was a fun hike.
More of a walk than a hike. There's a ton of other tourists, but it's a scenic trail that you have to go on if you're near the golden gate. Beautiful scenery and picture spots. My favorite parts were the walk to Marshall's beach and the sand ladder. These are somewhat off the trail so make sure you take these detours