|Lobos Creek Trail,
National Park Service,
San Francisco County
Easy, under 1 mile stroll through restored dunes and forest in San Francisco's Presidio.
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 0.65 mile hike/walk is easy, and the first (boardwalk) section is wheelchair/stroller accessible. Total elevation change is about 50 feet.
Mostly exposed, with some shade.
Elevated boardwalk and dirt trails.
Nice any time.
From CA 1 in Golden Gate Park (San Francisco), bear left onto 25th Avenue. Drive on 25th Avenue to the junction with El Camino del Mar (in the Seacliff neighborhood). Turn right onto Lincoln Boulevard and drive a short distance to side of road parking near the Presidio sign (just before a building complex on the right, and Bowley Street on the left).
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:
Gas, pay phones, stores, and restaurants in surrounding neighborhoods. No camping here -- the only nearby option is the group campsite at Rob Hill.
Side of street parking. No designated handicapped spots. No restrooms or drinking water. No parking or entrance fees. Lobos Creek Trail is suitable to wheelchairs. This trailhead is accessible by public transportation: Muni bus #29 stops a few feet from the start of the trail. Read some cautions about urban hikes.
Trail is hiking only, open from dawn to dusk. Dogs are permitted on leash only.
The Official Story:
William J. Mott, Jr. Visitor Center 415-561-4323
NPS's Presidio page
The Presidio Trust website has a wealth of information regarding the Presidio.
Use a San Francisco street map to get there. AAA's San Francisco map is good.
Call the Visitor Center and ask them to mail you their Presidio trail map. It's free, and a great guide to the park.
Maps from NPS (download park map or trail map gif)
Go to Bay Area Hiker Home page
the Lobos Creek Trail is any indication, the Presidio's rehabilitation
is on the right track. This 0.4 mile boardwalk path winds through restored
sand dunes near the Presidio's southwestern border, on an interpretative
tour that captures the area's past, present, and future. Before the Presidio
became a military installation, the land on the northwestern edge of San
Francisco was a mix of coastal prairie, wetlands, oak forest, coastal
scrub, riparian corridors, and sand dunes. The area of the park adjacent
to Lobos Creek was historically sand dunes, but the ecosystem was destroyed
by years of military use. Volunteers and GGNRA staff began a restoration
in 1994, building new dunes and planting vegetation to return the area
to a more natural setting. Bordered by Lobos Creek and tucked between
a residential neighborhood and a Presidio Trust compound, the trail provides a brief respite from city life, and a good
education about native sand dune plants.