Golden Gate National Recreation Area/National Park Service,
1.1 mile loop hike/walk through hills above Fort Baker and streets, with great views of the bay.
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 1.1 mile loop hike is easy. Trailhead elevation is about 75 feet, and the hike's high point is under 300 feet; total elevation change for this hike is about 170 feet.
Dirt fire roads and trails.
Under 1 hour.
From US 101 in Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, exit Sausalito (southbound)/Alexander (northbound). Drive east toward Sausalito on Alexander a short distance, then turn left onto Bunker Road (look for a brown "parks" sign for the Discovery Museum). Just before the Barry-Baker Tunnel, turn right and descend into the fort area. At a stop sign and junction with Murray Circle, turn right. At the next stop sign, turn left onto East Road. Proceed past the Discovery Museum, to a big dirt parking pullout on the left. If you pass a pullout on the right signed "Bay Trail Parking," you've gone too far.
Get driving or public transit directions from Transit and Trails:
GPS coordinates* for trailhead:
(* based on Google Earth data, shown as degrees, minutes, seconds)
Gas, food, and lodging:
Stores, restaurants, and gas north in Sausalito. No camping at Fort Baker, but there are a few camping options nearby in the Marin Headlands.
Parking in a broad dirt roadside pullout. No parking or entrance fees. There is a map under glass, but none to take with you. No facilities at the trailhead: drinking water, restrooms, and pay phone just down the road at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Several Golden Gate Transit buses run along Alexander Avenue. You could walk to the trailhead (and the Discovery Museum) from the bus stop. Visit the Transit Info website for more information. No designated handicapped parking, and trails are not well-suited to wheelchairs.
None posted, except for signs stating dogs are permitted on leash only.
The Official Story:
NPS's Fort Baker page
Map Choices/More Information:
Use AAA's San Francisco Bay Region map to get there.
Map of Fort Baker area from Bay Trail (html)
Bay Trail's Golden Gate Bridge/Fort Baker page
Hiking Marin by Don and Kay Martin (order this book from Amazon.com) has a good map and descriptions of the featured hike.
hike through the hills above Fort Baker is not much of
a destination, but you might stumble upon the trailhead on the way to
the Bay Area Discovery Museum, or on a traffic-evading dash to the Golden
Gate Bridge. It's a short hike, just a little over a mile, but there are
great views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands, and Angel Island.
Consider this a viable option to a summertime Vista Point trip for out-of-town
guests, or a perfect destination for a lazy afternoon of picnicking while
watching the boats on the bay. If a visit to the Discovery Museum fails
to sap the energy of your brood, kids can burn off extra energy and look
for butterflies on this hike.