• Activities:

    Running, Fitness

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    6 Miles

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Scenic

Great views of Alcatraz and the bay. 2 decent climbs to get the legs burning. Convenient parking and facilities at Sports Basement. Duration: 1+ hour. (s).

This route starts and ends and the Sports Basement Presidio, which means easy parking. Just make not sure not to spend everything you've got when you check things out after the run. To start the run, exit the parking lot and head right toward the Marina. At Lion street, hang a right and head toward the Palace of Fine Arts. Stick to the right side of the POF, then head into the Presidio at the corner of Lyon St and Gorgas Ave. Just past the YMCA, you'll see a parking lot on your left. Hang a left and head into the parking lot and take it up to Torney Ave. You'll be on Torney until you can exit the parking lot onto Lincoln Blvd. You'll be on Lincoln for a few strides until you make a left at Funston Ave. Take Funston until it hits Presidio Blvd. On the right hand-side of Presidio Blvd, you'll start to see the climb on Lover's Lane.

Good thing your legs are warm! Now you're starting the Lover's Lane 190ft climb over ~0.5 miles. At the top of Lover's Lane, you'll head to the right at Pacific Ave. You can choose to take the dirt trail just below or stay on the street - we recommend the trail. The trail will take you to Arguello Blvd. If you're a little gassed at this point, stop and take in the view of Alcatraz and Marin from Inspiration Point. Once you've caught your breath, back to the plan! Take Arguello until it forks with Washington and take the left route onto Washington. During your transition onto Washington, you'll endure a slight incline of ~130ft over 0.9 miles. This climb is not as strenuous as Lover's Lane.

While on Washington, you'll wrap around the west side of the Presidio, passing Rob Hill Campground, and finally connecting with Lincoln Blvd. Once you've hit Lincoln, you're on the home stretch. Take Lincoln until you hit Mason and jump onto Mason, which will run you back to the Sports Basement parking lot.

For at detailed route map, click here

Feeling good after that? Yes, great! To reward yourself for knocking that run out, don't forget about the Dynamo Donuts + Coffee stand to your coffee fix (and probably a donut too, right?).

Pack List

  • Running Shoes
  • Athletic Clothes
  • Donut money
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