Hike the Batteries to Bluffs Trail
San Francisco › Batteries to Bluffs Trail
Added by Brian Heifferon
Duration: 1 hour, 1.9 mile out and backSome 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!
- Hiking or tennis shoes
- Light jacket
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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).
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