New York has a 'Central' park, San Francisco has a NATIONAL Park, fully within the city borders. And our Park was not manufactured by Frederick Law Olmsted or some other hot shot from the 1850s. Our Park was built by the King of Spain in 1776. It may not be Yellowstone but The Presidio does have some really cool history to look at, some remarkably pretty trails and a few of the best views in the world. Time to explore.
We're meeting at Mountain Lake park which is at Lake and 12th Avenue and then heading north, following the same route that Juan Bautista de Anza did for the King back in 1776. Then we're switching to a path that Adah Bakalinsky first braved for her book 'Stairway Walks in San Francisco' in 1984. We're going to pass through Ft. Scott and by the Presidio Log Cabin before crossing Lincoln Ave (carefully) and descending the relatively new but unquestionably spectacular Batteries to Bluffs Trail.
Batteries to Bluffs takes us to a beautifully fun and rocky beach right under the Golden Gate Bridge. Weather and tides permitting we'll stop for lunch here. Getting back up from the beach will be the workout portion of our walk but we'll go slow and the staircases are spaced far enough apart to allow for 'breath taking' views.
Then we'll pass by the Ft. Scott Castle before heading back.
Should be a fun day outside in the sun for a bunch of New Yorkers. Things to bring include lunch, maybe something to sit on at the beach (although there should be plenty of dry boulders), water, sun screen, maybe an extra layer to keep warm and your comfortable walking shoes. The truly brave may wish to stick their toes in the ocean.
Be prepared to take lots of great pictures while enjoying a national treasure, hope to see you there!