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Batteries to Bluffs Trail

EASY 151 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.

2.2 miles
449 feet

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running


bird watching



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.

4 days 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.

2 months ago

Awesome hike!

4 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.

4 months ago

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

4 months ago

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

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

6 months ago

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!

9 months ago

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

trail running
11 months ago

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.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

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

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.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Difficult to beat for a city walk!

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.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The views were just perfect, and it even looked like there were some folks swimming down at Marshall Beach. I was surprised there weren't more visitors, since this seems like a thing you *should* do as a tourist visiting SF.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Great views of the bridge!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

super easy! the kids enjoyed it!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Beautiful trail! Some of the best views thus far of the Golden Gate Bridge. Husband who is a photographer was thrilled. A bit of an incline, my mom did okay but my dad needed to sit this one out.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Gorgeous views of the bay and very easy to do. Definitely worth it

Saturday, August 06, 2016

so wonderful.. I liked the design

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Easy trail and great views from coast.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Very nice hike going down the view are so amazing also going up good for butizimo.. I would do it again.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Very foggy made it seem like we were all alone on the trail- which was pretty much the case based on the very few number of people we encountered. Definitely worth going down to the beach and climbing on the rocks. Very colorful with all the flowers in bloom on the bluffs. Hard to believe the bridge and city are right around the corner.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

very easy trail and the view is absolutely beautiful. did a little rock climbing near the ocean.

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Great trail, walked from the south to Golden Gate. Parked on Pershing and took an Uber car back from the Vista Point. Would have been an easy walk back but our child was cranky.

Very crowded as you near Golden Gate lookout. Only one steep park climb toward the end of the hike. Views are spectacular and we could easily see the Farralon Islands as it was a clear day.

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Hiked with kids. Perfect.

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