Ecology Trail and Lovers' Lane Loop

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Presidio of San Francisco

Ecology Trail and Lovers' Lane Loop is a 2 mile loop trail located near San Francisco, California that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.0 miles Elevation Gain: 308 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

partially paved

views

Enough incline to keep an out of shape novice hiker a good workout. Highlights were inspiration point & lovers lane.

Pretty! Easy.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

Trail allows for dog in single file to allow on coming traffic. Medium to light dog traffic (10-15 dogs crossed) - all owners were respectful of the tight trail and possible dog interaction/reactions. Lots of space to duck off trail to help mitigate dog-dog contact.

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

Great trail, a little muddy from the rain. Great for families and kids ! Went a little off trail for pictures and shorter routes. Amazing views and not crowded at all so you can jog or bike.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice relatively quick am hike. Was foggy so views were limited.

hiking
6 months ago

Considering I have lung issues, the hike wasn’t that bad, as long as you take your time and a few breaks. A lot of it is shaded and if you are not in the shade, you will reach shade soon. It includes slopes and stairs and I’m not a fan of the uphill portions, but doable. Beautiful view from Inspiration Point (free parking) overlooking the bay and Alcatraz. Restrooms are down at El Polin Spring 0.3 miles down from Inspiration point.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail and many beautiful views of the Presidio, SF Bay, Golden Gate Bridge.

hiking
10 months ago

Really pretty easy walk.

hiking
11 months ago

Nice little gem in the heart of the city. For a quick run or nice quiet hike without leaving the city, this trail is great! Not much to see but very easy elevation and the trail is wide. Try doing this on a Sunday where you'll be able to enjoy Food Truck Fest (off the grid) in the Presidio Picnic (starts at 11am) and also enjoy local music and performances.

walking
Tue Jan 08 2019

Pleasant, short, and varied walk. Partially paved and some incline. I’d say it’s great for kids, a leisurely walk, or jogging because it only takes 40 mins to stroll. It’s a bit tricky to stay on the trial, so expect to pick up your phone to stay in route. There are some beautiful views and lush wooded trials that go from super secluded to public when you pass by soccer fields, homes, and paved roads.

hiking
Tue Nov 13 2018

Nice scenery, easy stroll up and down the hills. Husband and I had a good conversation about the history of Lover's Lane Trail. The trail has paved walkways, mostly, if I recalled correctly.

hiking
Sat Sep 15 2018

Deviated a bit from the trail to add inspiration point since it was so close. A bit hilly for about 2/3 of the trail. Beautiful views of trees esp lovers lane. Great afternoon hike!

walking
Mon Apr 30 2018

I had a very good time. Enjoyed the nature very relaxing and the best part is that I could take my dog.

walking
Tue Feb 27 2018

hiking
Sun Jul 17 2016

Will be an awesome loop, under construction

hiking
3 days ago

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