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Presidio Ecology Trail

A short hike through the woods with a small detour to Inspiration Point with views of the Bay and Alcatraz
Rating: 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.7 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
Family Friendly

Overview :  The United States Army created this trail in 1980 so that San Francisco residents could walk through the woods near their homes. ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Trailhead

The Ecology Trail loop starts here. After walking down the path turn right at the sign and continue along the ecology trail.

2. Inspiration Point

Climb the steps to your left to reach Inspiration Point with views of the entire Presidio area with the bay in the distance.

3. Trail Junction

Here you will start the loop portion of the hike: you can go either direction, and you will come back on the other trail.

To the right of this junction you will find a nice redwood grove where you can walk around.

4. Trail Junction

The trail spits again here. Straight ahead you will find the El Polin Picnic area with BBQs and tables. To the left you will follow a road through an area that is currently being developed to improve the trail here.

5. El Polin Picnic Area

Here you will find a number of picnic tables, a grassy area, and stands for BBQs

6. Trail Junction

The trail to the right extends a little ways to the other trailhead. If you are doing the full loop, you won't miss anything in particular by skipping this section and continuing along the loop.

7. Parking

You can park in the Presidio golf course parking lot and cross the street to find the trailhead for the Ecology Trail.