Tours & activities by JRL Enterprises from Viator

  • Location: San Francisco, California
  • Duration: 2.5 to 3-hours
From USD $49.00

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Enter a new world as you embark on an urban hike through the historic Presidio in San Francisco for your private group of 4 or more. Following your expert guide, wander through groves of pine, cypress and eucalyptus trees as you explore the highlights of this historic park and former military post. Visit San Francisco National Cemetery, stroll down Lover's Lane and the Ecology Trail, soak up views of Alcatraz and the Palace of Fine Arts from Inspiration Point, and stop by Presidio Chapel. Great for outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs, this tour is the perfect balance of interesting history, stunning scenery and a feel-good workout.


  • Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Choice of morning or afternoon departure
Your morning or afternoon tour starts at the bottom of the Lyon Street Steps on the cusp of San Francisco’s Pacific Heights district. Get ready for a moderate workout on this 3-hour hiking tour (don’t worry, the views are well worth it).
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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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Tour departs from the bottom of the Lyon Street Steps, Pacific Heights District
Departure Time:
2.5 to 3-hours
Return Details:
Returns to original departure point

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1:30pm Departure
Code: PM1330

Tour departs at 1:30pm

USD $49.00
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San Francisco Private Urban Hike: The Presidio

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  • Professional guide
  • Private Tour
  • Gratuities (recommended)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Information:
  • 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
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
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.

Traveler Reviews

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