Trails and Pathways
- Lobos Creek Valley Trail
- Trail Length:
- Under one mile total
- Typical Width:
- 4 ft. & above
- Typical Grade:
- Typical Terrain:
If you visit Baker Beach in spring, be sure to take the short trek along this boardwalk through the restored dune habitat of Lobos Creek Valley to see the wildflowers in bloom. Look for purple dune gilia and San Francisco lessingia (both endangered), sticky monkeyflower, bush lupine, paintbrush, coast buckwheat, and more. It's also a great place to spot birds and butterflies. The boardwalk begins near the southwestern edge of the parking lot and winds first south and then east through the dunes; it undulates as it follows the dune contours, but the slopes are gentle. Along the southern edge of the dunes, behind a fence and a tangle of coast live oaks, is Lobos Creek, the last free-flowing creek in San Francisco and the Presidio's main water source. For the most part it isn't visible from the trail, but you can often hear it as you follow its course eastward.
After about a quarter of a mile the trail swings north, and shortly after that a spur trail takes off to the left; follow it to reach an observation platform that looks out over the dunes from a slight elevation. Here you'll find a bench and an interpretive sign describing the area's history and the dune ecosystem restoration. This is a good turnaround point; the boardwalk continues to the north and then loops west, but stops at a set of stairs where there is no space to turn around.
- Accessible Parking:
- Yes – designated accessible parking, firm, level or slope no greater than 2%;
Several accessible spots are in both the north and south (oceanfront) lots at Baker Beach, and two are in the lot at the Lobos Creek Valley trailhead.
- Accessible Restroom:
- Yes – At northern and southern (oceanfront) parking lots. The restroom building in the northern lot has no 5' x 5' turnaround space except in the stall.
- Beach Wheelchair:
- Beach wheelchairs are available for pickup at Crissy Field and Fort Mason, Building 201; five days advance notice is required. To reserve, you can send email via the NPS website or call 415-561-4958; (800) 877-8339
- Accessible Picnic Table:
- no firm & stable path to tables, firm & stable surface, less than 27" knee clearance
- Additional Information:
The northernmost end of Baker Beach is frequented by clothing-optional sunbathers.