When people think of San Francisco, the classic images that often come to mind are of cable cars, Alcatraz and of course the Golden Gate Bridge. But for some of us, images of wooded trails, rustic natural beauty and year-round cool weather pop into our brains much faster. How can this be – are we really talking about the same place here?
Glad you asked! In case you haven’t noticed, some of the Bay Area’s greatest and most historic trails are right in our own backyard at the Presidio. The park’s 24 miles of trails were once part of San Francisco’s great military history and are still very much a part of it today.
The Presidio’s trail
system boasts amazing intangibles for runners and hikers alike; and the park provides perfect year-round cool weather, breathtaking scenery and views and a diverse and well-maintained trail system that never gets old. And for those of us that like to run longer distances, the Presidio boats a plenty of choices to suit anyone’s taste. One of my personal favorites is the
Presidio Bay Area Ridge Trail
. This 2.7 mile route is a small slice of the much larger
Bay Area Ridge Trail
, but offers a little sample of everything the park has to offer, including shaded trails through the Presidio’s national forest, great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Bay, and just enough of an incline/decline to keep us runners honest. It’s a great walk, run, and it can be a great place for the whole family with sections to suit all abilities!