Hike in the beautiful SF presidio!

Hike in the beautiful SF presidio!

SVCTBA's young professionals committee cordially invites you to a Sunday morning hike in the beautiful SF presidio!

Come to this event and get to know our committee and the organization!

Total distance: 1.90 miles

When: Sunday, August 30, at 10:30 am

Where: Batteries to bluffs trail, SF presidio.

RSVP: please email Stephanie at stephanietyang@gmail.com before August 24, so she knows how many are joining in advance.

Stephanie Yang

Chair, Youth Committee, SVCTBA


Think Batteries to Bluffs Trail of a dream San Francisco hike: a path overlooking the ocean, with gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge, a peaceful place where you could sit and watch the waves crash, or get your morning exercise running through a scenic landscape while birds sing and flowers bloom. You don't have to imagine this trail, because it already exists -- it's Batteries to Bluffs Trail in the Presidio.

Batteries to Bluffs Trail runs parallel to and down slope from Lincoln Boulevard and is mostly comprised of sets of steps and some flat sections of trail.

You can hike in either direction, starting from the parking lot at the Golden Gate Overlook (described below) or from the side of street parking on Lincoln (this is my preferred trailhead, but there isn't much parking).Marshall's Beach

Begin at the parking area near Golden Gate Overlook.

If you want to take in the view of the Golden Gate, follow the paved path to the north, then when ready return to the parking lot.

There are three different paths that depart to the south: one edging along Lincoln, the second where a driveway connects two segments of parking lots, and a third on the western edge of the second parking lot.

All three join, but for this hike, take the middle path. The wide dirt trail weaves through a thin forest of Monterey cypress and pine. The understory is mostly invasive ivy. At .07 mile, bear right (the path left leads to the Pacific Overlook on Lincoln). A sign at the top of wood steps marks the start of Batteries to Bluffs Trail.

View to Baker Beach. And here you'll begin the descent, with the trail already showing off fantastic views south to Lands End.

In autumn you may see white-crowned sparrows flitting from ceanothus to coyote brush shrubs. Poison oak is a near constant companion along the path. In spring look for purple irises in bloom. The steps keep dropping, and the trail passes a bare rocky hillside.

At 0.22 mile, note an overlook with a bench on the right -- this is an excellent rest stop on the way back uphill. The trail descends again, passing through a clump of willows. At 0.43 mile, turn right at the signed junction with Marshall Beach Trail. The narrow path descends, then ends at one last set of stairs leading to the beach. At 0.50 mile. Here, you can gaze north to the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands. I often see brown pelicans flying in formation overhead, and on my last hike.

In September, I was delighted to watch a pod of porpoises cavorting offshore. Explore the beach if you like, and when ready, retrace your steps back to the junction with Batteries to Bluffs Trail, then turn right.

Batteries to Bluffs Trailhead, on Lincoln Boulevard. The trail crosses over a year round trickling stream. Toyon, coyote brush, and coffeeberry thrive here. Soon, Batteries to Bluffs Trail begins to climb -- yes, more steps!

At the top, the trail heads over the top of Battery Crosby (use caution here so you don't fall down on the left). As you enjoy views south to Baker Beach, watch for lizards scampering about. A few more steps head down to join a wide dirt track that leads up to Lincoln Boulevard. You could start back toward the Golden Gate Overlook now (at 0.83 mile), but consider walking up to Lincoln and the official end of the trail.

If you do, you'll likely see purple bush lupine as well as San Francisco wallflower, buckwheat, and other lovely wildflowers blooming here in spring.

This is also the section of trail where I commonly spot coyote scat. When ready, retrace your steps back to the trailhead.

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