Duration: 1 hour, 1.9 mile out and back. Some of the best views in SFEasy hike, very photogenic.

The Batteries to Bluffs Trail in the Presidio is a true gem of San Francisco. It has everything you could want in a hike: a sea-side path along the ocean, relatively easy parking, gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge, and a secluded beach that's perfect for picnics, sunbathing, and enjoying the beauty of the Bay.

While the steps leading up and down the bluffs make this hike moderately more difficult than nearby trails, the payoff is well worth it. You will earn iconic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and scenery you won't believe is within city limits. Put this one on your short-list for when friends and relatives come into town and want to do something active!

Pack List

  • Hiking or tennis shoes
  • Light jacket
  • Camera
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RT Distance 1.9 Miles
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Beach
Family Friendly
Scenic

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Great Hike

Sorry for the generic title. This really was a great hike with wonderful views. Though beware of the times you go to or look in the direction of Baker beach. You’ll catch an eye full of old white naked butts and nuts. Other than that, the views if the bridge are sensational.

Easy Fun

Not much of a hike, really just some steep stairs and a little bit of climbing over some rocks if you want to travel further down the beach towards the Golden Gate Bridge. Overall, fantastic views and easily accessible, although coming back may be a bit more tiring. You have to go the way you came to get back to the road unless you want to climb straight up (I did this, and while it was an adventure, it was not as easy as the actual trail).

Sit on the bench

One of my favorite things about this trail is the bench isolating you from the rest of the trail. Sit down and take in the view that consists of the Golden Gate Bridge and the sunset!


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