The historic Barbary Coast Trail in San Francisco is an excellent way to see the city and learn some of its history.
We will take an extended break in Chinatown to check out some dim sum places. We'll also grab another treat along the way before heading back on the last leg of the hike.
6.5 miles of mostly flat or gently sloping and a few hills. Hyde Street is the most strenuous part of this walk, so take it slow if you're new to walking up hills.
Each end of the walking trail is connected by the Powell-Hyde cable car line. So you can begin anywhere on the trail and make you way back to where you started.
The trail is designated by 170 bronze medallions and arrows embedded in the sidewalk. Some are easier to spot than others.
• Birthplace of the Gold Rush
• Largest collection of historic ships in the U.S.
• Pony Express Headquarters site
• WWII submarine
• First Asian temple in the U.S.
• Barbary Coast-era shanghaiing den
• Old Mint, once the “Fort Knox of the West”
• Gold Rush-era buildings
• Oldest Catholic cathedral west of the Rockies
• Gold Rush Museum, featuring stagecoaches and Gold Rush mining implements
• Mansion built by Silver King James C. Flood
• Hyde-Powell Cable Car Line
What to bring:
Backpack or some way to carry water, money, your camera and snacks.
Good walking shoes
Dress in layers, you never know what the bay area weather will have in store.
Hat and sunscreen.
Kids welcome, just be aware that a few of the hills (Coit Tower & Hyde) can be steep.
Sorry, no dogs
For those meeting in SF (5th & Mission-Old Mint) please text or email me your phone#. We plan to be at the trailhead between 10:30 and 10:45am. My number is [masked]
I'll hand out maps at our meetup destination. The trail begins on Mission and 5th at the Old Mint close to Market and Powell.
After you cross the Bay Bridge, you take the 5th Street exit and go right. The parking meters are not in effect on Sundays and there are a few parking garages, if you don't want to park on the street; Fifth & Mission, Fifth at Howard & Folsom St. Parking all day in a garage cost us $28. If you see an all day lot for less, you may consider that another option.
Carpoolers pay $4.00 per hour, per person to their driver, plus split toll fees (~$17). We hope for free Sunday parking off Market Street.