Hike the Batteries to Bluffs Trail

San Francisco Batteries to Bluffs Trail

Added by Brian Heifferon

  • Duration: 1 hour, 1.9 mile out and back
  • Some of the best views in SF
  • Easy 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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Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:



Year Round

Trail Type:



1.9 Miles



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about 2 months ago

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).

about 2 months ago

6 months ago

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!

6 months ago

over 1 year ago

Great views make the trek worth doing over and over again!

over 1 year ago

over 2 years ago

Amazing, up-close views of the bridge. The further you go along Marshall Beach toward the bridge, you're more likely to run into some nude sunbathers.

over 2 years ago

over 2 years ago

Bring your pooch! The trails were well maintained through all of the rain we've been getting.

over 2 years ago

almost 3 years ago

Amazing place. If you ever go here, be sure to listen to the mounts on the wall that speak about how the bridge was built. Its very interesting and well worth the trip.

almost 3 years ago

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