Monday, September 24, 2012

Presidio Hiking Trails

Saturday we had beautiful weather in the Bay Area, so we headed out for a run in the Presidio.  

Our turn-around point was Immigrant Point Overlook, where we have admired views before, and once again we noticed the bunker down the cliff from the overlook.  

We decided to come back the next day and explore the trails and bunkers along the Presidio cliffs.  There are numerous hiking trails in the Presidio (as seen below), so we spent a bit of time on the park website and chose a couple of trails with plenty of overlooks of the Pacific.

Unfortunately, our weather wasn't as sunny yesterday, so much of our hike was a bit fogged in.

We had a picnic on Baker Beach.  I love how the colorful houses are built right into the cliffs.

On Lobos Creek Valley Trail:

At one point we came upon this sign and seriously pondered our options.  Mexico is cool and all, but we didn't have 775 miles in us yesterday...

The bunkers and batteries built into the cliffs were from the 1870s, surprisingly, not either of the World Wars, as we expected.  They were fun to explore, and this one, Battery Chamberlain, is still in operation, with demonstrations the first weekend of every month.

The Coastal Trail climbed steeply up the cliffs:

And down:

We turned around at Battery Godfrey, which normally has a perfect view of the Golden Gate Bridge.  But this was the extent to which we could see the bridge yesterday:

As we made our way back to the car, we saw this view of Mount Sutro towering over the UCSF hospital.

Hope your week is off to a good start!

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