Trails and Pathways
- Sunset Trail
- Time to Complete:
- 30 minutes
- Trail Length:
- Under one mile total
- Typical Width:
- 4 ft. & above
- Typical Grade:
- Mostly gentle
- Typical Terrain:
From the northern end of the parking lot, the paved Sunset Trail runs through the dunes and along the top of the bluff. Although it's a loop trail wheelchair riders will need to backtrack because the last section of the 1-mile loop travels across the dunes.
The trail starts with a gentle uphill before it levels off. Benches with nice views are along the way. After less than 1/8 mile you reach a junction; leading steeply uphill is the .2-mile trail towards Battery Davis and the beach, or contine forward on the more gentle Sunset Trail. From the northern side of the battery you get a panorama of the city, with Lake Merced inland and downhill, Ocean Beach to the north, and the Marin Headlands beyond the Golden Gate. This spot begs for binoculars. There are severe cross slopes on the beach trail. The trail drops down towards the beach and ends at the dunes or you can follow it steeply uphill to reconnect to Sunset Trail.
Back on Sunset Trail, as it curves south Lake Merced comes into view but so does traffic from nearby Skyline Blvd. You may even hear target practice coming from the San Francisco Police Dept. pistol range. You will need to backtrack once you reach the sand trail that crosses the dunes to complete the loop trail.
- Accessible Parking:
- Yes – designated accessible parking, van accessible, firm, level or slope no greater than 2%;
Several spaces are at the west end of the large lot.
- Accessible Restroom:
- Yes – Located at the north end of the parking lot.
- Accessible Picnic Table:
- Yes – firm & stable path to tables, firm & stable surface, 27" or greater knee clearance