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Batteries to Bluffs Trail

EASY 210 reviews

Batteries to Bluffs Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Francisco, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 449 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

beach

views

wild flowers

no dogs

Experience the wild western shoreline on the Batteries to Bluffs Trail. This rugged route takes visitors along the cliffs bordering the Pacific Ocean, allowing hikers to explore historic gun batteries, seeps and springs, coastal plants and wildlife, and stunning views. This short trail provides a great way to see the bluffs near the Presidio and offers views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin that are hard to beat. The trail is marked moderate because there are several places with steps and some climbing if you decide to take the side trip down to Marshall Beach: a quiet, isolated area surrounded by rocky serpentine cliffs with breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Try hiking this trail near the end of the day to enjoy a long sunset over the Pacific Ocean and the lights of the Golden Gate Bridge.

hiking
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rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Best hike in SF proper! No shade so bring water and wear sunscreen.

hiking
1 month ago

My favorite walk in SF. I live in sf and do this walk at least once a month. Very easy and beautiful views!

hiking
2 months ago

Great views. No shade but not to worry you get a cool breeze from the water.

hiking
3 months ago

Stunning views, great for a weekday relaxing hike.

3 months ago

This was enjoyable for sf. When the fog clears, there would be amazing views. There are a TON of steps but it isn’t impossible — there seem to be breaks built in. The batteries really aren’t that interesting though if I’m being honest.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful views! I would put this in the moderate category. There are a lot of steps up and down.

4 months ago

Beautiful views, coming back up it is steep. Kind of busy on weekend afternoons.

hiking
4 months ago

Windy, beautiful, birds and flowers, surprisingly few people, a little poison oak, didn’t see any ticks in the grass, watch out for smash and grab car burglars!

hiking
5 months ago

Very beautiful but crowded on weekends.

5 months ago

We started from immigrang point foing down I loved this trail with small beaches and lil beet steep elevation.

hiking
6 months ago

This was a very nice hike. The only challenges were the stairs leading down to Marshall’s Beach and coming back up. We got to Marshall’s at high tide so there wasn’t much of a beach, just lots of rocks on the shore. So take the tide tables into account. Lots of photo opps! Trees, flowers, the Coast, the Golden Gate Bridge, etc.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome hike!

10 months ago

Can have some steep points that are closed depending on weather. viewing the old garrison areas is enjoyable and a nice place to sit for a snack.

10 months ago

Good in any weather, can get a fresh perspective on GGB.

hiking
10 months ago

Overall an okay hike, with a few interesting batteries to see but nothing out of this world

Monday, October 01, 2018

Amazing views of the GG Bridge. I recommend doing that hike only when it’s not foggy on that side of town.

hiking
Sunday, September 30, 2018

hiking
Thursday, September 27, 2018

Nice decent hike with amazing views. I took a detour down to Marshall’s Beach and walked it before coming back to the main trail. Not a lot of people which made it easy and quiet!

Friday, July 06, 2018

Didn’t hike much of it but it was like being in an army base

running
Sunday, May 20, 2018

I am not into distance running, yet I am way into running elevation/short bursts/steps and I can say that the two sets of steps here, which provide access to Marshall's Beach and Baker Beach, are both excellent for training. Whether you want it slow and low (aerobic) or hard and disgusting (anaerobic) you can make that happen here.

backpacking
Sunday, April 22, 2018

Excellent views of Golden Gate Bridge from the bluffs. Camp at The Presido Rob Hill Campground!

hiking
Monday, January 29, 2018

We loved the trail, the views were breathless and it wasn’t full of tourists. Plus it was mildly challenging and there was a bathroom at baker beach, made it a nice pit stop.

hiking
Sunday, January 21, 2018

Difficult to beat for a city walk!

walking
Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Good walk by the shore. Can take nice pictures with Golden gate on the back drop.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

beautiful trail

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Great quick trail. However part of the path is closed due to storm damage. Instead of completing a loop we had to go down and out on the same trail.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Great easy hike. Part of the route was closed due to hazardous conditions. Still a lovely easy hike with great views of the Golden Gate Bridge!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Batteries to Bluff was closed on 03/12/2017 for repairs. Nice trail along coast that ends at Baker beach. The way back is along a busy road which isn't that great. The onward journey was good.

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