- Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
- Fully narrated tour
- Informative, friendly and professional guide
- Choice of morning or afternoon departure
Following your guide, hike up the stairs and pause at the top to soak up sweeping views of the city spilling into San Francisco Bay. The domed Palace of Fine Arts punctuates this awesome vista.
You'll enter into the southeast corner of the Presidio, a massive park and former Spanish and American military base that’s now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. You’ll feel as if you’ve entered another world as you leave the urban hustle and bustle behind and begin hiking through a dense forest.
Take a stroll down Lover’s Lane, one of the oldest foot trails in the Presidio, nicknamed for the site where soldiers visited their sweethearts in the 1860s. Pass through the Tennessee Hollow Watershed, a historic eucalyptus forest and a grove of newly planted trees that merges into the Pacific Heights neighborhood, home to some of San Francisco's most magnificent homes.
Above Tennessee Hollow you’ll find Inspiration Point, a spectacular vantage point with fantastic views of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz, Angel Island, the Palace of the Fine Arts, rare serpentine grasslands and eucalyptus canopies.
Near here, your guide will point out a piece of natural art created by Andy Goldsworthy, famous around the world for interpreting the subtle shifts of place and time. Wood Line is a series of horizontal cypress trees snaking elegantly into the valley of the Tennessee Hollow Watershed.
In the northern center of the Presidio on a slope overlooking the bay lies San Francisco National Cemetery, a beautiful final resting place of more than 30,000 Americans including military veterans and their families. Explore this historic cemetery and hear stories from your guide about its interesting history and legends.
Continuing on another trail, your guide will point out another one of Andy Goldsworthy’s works. Spire, located on the Bay Area Ridge Trail near the Arguello Gate, is a sculpture comprised of 35 large cypress trunks fastened together, whose zenith reaches more than 90 feet (27 meters) into the sky.
Following Ecology Trail, journey through the Presidio’s largest redwood grove, and then visit Presidio Chapel, with it's beautiful stained-glass windows, Spanish Mission Revival architecture and spectacular views of the Bay.
Emerging out of the forest, your urban hike ends back at the Lyon Street Steps.
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Tour departs at 1:30pm
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- Professional guide
- Private Tour
- Gratuities (recommended)
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- A minimum of 4 people per booking is required
- Adult pricing applies for all travelers
- Due to the distance and intensity of the hike, this tour is not recommended for children 12 years and younger
- Tour runs rain or shine. If it is raining and you would prefer not to attend, you may reschedule or request a refund
- Recommended attire: comfortable shoes or hiking boots, dressing in layers
- Bringing water is recommended
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Catherine C, August 2014
We had a great time! Our guide, Alex, was wonderful and so helpful. She not only shared all her knowledge of the Presidio but also helped us discover the best ways to get around San Francisco and a great Thai place for dinner that evening! I highly recommend this unique way to explore a beautiful part of San Francisco.
Reviewed by: Ma A, February 2014
Great tour. The guide was engaging and quite pleasant. The trail was slightly challenging and very scenic. Overall it was a very lovely day and yes, I would do it again