The Presidio has served as a
military reservation from its establishment in 1776 as Spain's northern-most
outpost of colonial power in the New World. It was one of the
longest-garrisoned posts in the country and the oldest installation in the
American West. It played a key role in Spain's exploration and settlement of
the borderlands, Mexico's subsequent control of the region from Texas to Alta
California, and the United States' involvement not only in frontier expansion,
but also in all major conflicts since the Mexican-American War of 1846-48.
(From the National Historic Landmark Designation, June 13,
In 1972, the Presidio was included within
the boundaries of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and became part of
the National Park Service in 1994.
Imagine such a jewel plopped down into the interior of a major cosmopolitan
city of over 3 million people!
Visiting the Presidio may be the cheapest
best day you'll ever spend in San Francisco.Those who live and work in San Francisco
consider the Presidio
Park as our own
There are literally
hundreds of trails and hikes inside this national treasure.
Just 15-20 minutes from the Hotel
You can catch the #22 Fillmore
line to Lombard Street.
Catch the #43 on
Lombard to the Lombard entrance, then hike to the various
views and old growth forests (yes, even redwoods) throughout the Park.
The famous Lucus Digital Institute (think Star Wars post production!) complex will be on your right.
Take some wine, some food and be prepared
to stop frequently. A picnic on the Coastal Trail on top off one of the WW1
bunkers was a great way to savor every delicious minute.
One of my favorite hikes is 1.4 miles-
from the Arguello Gate connect to Tennessee Hollow and Inspiration Point to the
Historic Main Post.
A spur trail
connects to El Polin Spring, where Spanish Soldiers used to stop and drink on a
The Presidio was originally
founded on this source of fresh water!
It's a moderate trail and is multiuse- you will have to look out for
cyclists on the lower trail.
After your hike, head to Crissy Field and
the Warming Hut for a casual bite or drink or even a lovely afternoon spent
sitting in the sun and watching the lively activity on Union Street in the
Denice Barsness, CRA, COMT, ROUB, FOPS
General Chair, Mid-Year Program