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    Presidio Loop Trail

    Difficulty
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    Moderate
    Duration
    This reflects the estimated time the majority of users will take on this trail. If you are slower, add time to the top-end figure. If you are fast, then you may complete this route faster than this time range.
    2.5-3.5h
    Distance
    This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
    9.8 km
    Elevation
    This reflects the total elevation gained throughout this route as measured by the GPS file. This includes all ascents and descents, and is higher than what is quoted in most route guides, which simply measure the distance between the starting-point and high-point of the route.
    237 m
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    The Presidio Loop Trail is a wonderful adventure in the Bay Area that offers a diversity of scenery. Enjoy the best of both worlds as you wander through urban settings and greenspaces that exhibit the area’s variety of flora. This lovely hike packs a punch!

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    Route Description for Presidio Loop Trail

    The Presidio Loop Trail would make an excellent addition to your hiking itinerary, offering amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Pacific Coast, the area’s blooming wildflowers, and more. Though this route is well-revered, many paths are poorly signposted, so we encourage the use of the trail GPS. Additionally, due to this route’s proximity to the coast, you can expect varying weather conditions—notably wind and fog, so we encourage you to dress in layers!

    Embark on your adventure along the Presidio Loop Trail from the trailhead off Arguello Blvd. Setting out from here, you will be guided eastwardly along the Mountain Lake Trail out to the Lyons Step Overlook. From here, merge onto Lovers’ Lane and wander through the corridor of looming trees into MacArthur Meadow. From here, hike along Barnard Avenue and onto the Ecology Trail up to Inspiration Point. Revel in the views of the Golden Gate Bridge, then meander northwest along the outskirts of the Golf Course to the National Cemetery Overlook.

    Merge onto the Park Trail and then connect with the Bay Area Ridge Trail to the Immigrant Point Overlook. Tracking north to the Presidio Landmark, you will eventually reach Mountain Lake. From here, follow West Pacific Avenue back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Presidio Loop Trail Trailhead

    The Presidio Loop Trail departs from the trailhead off Arguello Blvd.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      No

    • When to do

      Year-round

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      High

    • Route Type

      Circuit

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