GGNRA/National Park Service,
San Francisco County
Easy 3.3 mile walk along restored coastline with gorgeous views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay.
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 3.3 mile walk is completely flat and easy.
1 1/2 hours.
Nice any time.
(Finding your way through the Presidio can be a challenge even for long time SF residents. Pay attention, or you'll end up on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge.)
From San Francisco, drive west on Marina Boulevard. At the intersection with Lyon Street, where Doyle Drive diverges left to the Golden Gate Bridge, continue straight onto Mason. Look for the East Beach entrance on the right.
From Marin, drive south across the Golden Gate Bridge. Immediately past the toll plaza, turn right onto Merchant. Drive 0.2 mile, then turn left onto Lincoln. Drive about 1 mile, then turn left onto McDowell. Drive 0.2 mile, then turn right onto Mason. Continue about 1 mile, then turn left into the East Beach entrance.
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:
Crissy Field Center has a small cafe with sandwiches and coffee, and the Warming Hut serves food as well. Gas, stores, and more restaurant options on Lombard Street. No camping.
No parking or entrance fees. Parking in large lots that fill up quickly. Muni buses 28, 29, and 43 serve the area. Restrooms, pay phones, and drinking water near the parking lot and at Crissy Field Center; there are portable toilets in a few locations as well. There are designated handicapped parking spaces, wheelchair accessible restrooms, and trails are perfectly suited to wheelchairs.
Trails are open to walkers and cyclists (I didn't see any rules posted regarding equestrians, who are unlikely). Dogs permitted, although some areas are closed to them.
The Official Story:
Crissy Field Center 415-561-7690
Fort Point 415-566-1693
Map from GGNRA (download Crissy Field pdf)
Map from Bay Trail
View photos from the featured walk.
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restoration of Crissy Field seems nothing short
of miraculous. Newcomers to this shoreline just east of the Golden Gate
will no doubt be impressed by the beautiful natural setting. Those of
us who remember what Crissy Field used to look like, and visited
during the transition, are aware that the new Crissy Field took years
to create. Crissy Field had been abused for years. The dunes and marsh
of Indian days were leveled and filled (with garbage) so San Francisco
could host the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Later, Crissy
Field hosted military aircraft. In 1998 restoration began. Volunteers
removed exotic vegetation and planted natives. Barren strips of pavement
were removed and a lagoon and tidal marsh were constructed. Now water
sparkles in the marsh, and shorebirds dig through the mud while pelicans
fly over the waves. Dunes, supplemented with native plants, are showcases
for lupine, buckwheat, and sand verbena blossoms. Some friends recently saw a whale
spouting off the shore. All this in the shadow of the beautiful Golden
Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay.