We all need a little more exercise these days and finding something fun, easy to do, is cheap or free and with a lovely bit of scenery was a big goal.
For 218 years, the Presidio served as an army post for three nations. World and local events, from military campaigns to the rise of aviation, from World Fairs to earthquakes, left their mark. Come enjoy the history and beauty of the Presidio. Explore centuries of architecture. Reflect in a national cemetery. Walk through an historic airfield, forests, or to beaches, and admire spectacular vistas.
The San Francisco Presidio contains miles of bike paths, walking trails and hiking trails, including the well photographed and jogged Golden Gate Promenade, along Crissy Field.
Here are five great - FREE - walking/hiking trails within the Presidio, which is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Check out the Presidio's great website for the most updated maps because they are adding new trails and overlooks as we speak! Download your free map too.
- Bay Area Ridge Trail
- Juan Bautista Anza National Historic Trail
- Coastal Trail
- Ecology Trail
- Batteries to Bluffs Trail
Fun Fact: Herb Alpert, Grammy Award-winning bandleader of the Tijuana Brass, played in the 6th Army Band at the Presidio during the 1950's. Alpert later claimed the structure and discipline of the Army helped him with his music.