Biking In The Presidio Of San Francisco
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On a typical Presidio day you’ll see hundreds of happy cyclists enjoying a spin around the national park. Bicycling is a great way to explore the Presidio’s 1,500 acres of outdoor beauty and fun. The park is also a wonderful launching pad for biking adventures that extend well beyond the Presidio – our trails connect to San Francisco’s extensive waterfront (think the Marina Green, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Ferry Building) and north across the Golden Gate Bridge to more fabulous biking in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Getting to the Presidio on a Bike
The 511 Regional BikeMapper provides turn-by-turn directions so you can find the fastest – or flattest – route to the Presidio, as well as tips for safe cycling. If you’re looking to save energy for some of San Francisco’s best bike trails, bring your bike on the free PresidiGo Downtown Shuttle, which offers daily direct service from the Transbay Terminal and Embarcadero BART to the Presidio.
Bike Link Lockers
Bike Link offers secure bike parking on the west side of the Presidio Transit Center, across from the Presidio Visitor Center. For a low hourly fee, you can safely store your bike and protect it from the elements while you explore the park by foot or shuttle. The lockers use “smart cards” to pay for the cost of storing the bikes. Visit www.bikelink.org for the locations of card vendors and instructions on how to operate the lockers.
Bike racks are located throughout the Presidio. Check out the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s page for bike rack locations, and find the perfect parking spot via their handy map. If you have a recommendation for a new bike rack location, call the Transportation Hotline at (415) 561-2739, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you need to pick up some wheels, Wheel Fun Rentals (Taylor St) or (Pier 43 1/2) offers high-tech, Audio Guided Bike Tours of the Golden Gate Bridge or Presidio Sports Basement is located at Crissy Field and offers bike rentals.
Best Bike Rides in the Presidio
Check out the Presidio Bike Map for designated in-road and off-road biking opportunities, or selected the perfect ride for your interest and skill level from the list below.
Biking Across the Golden Gate Bridge – 1.7 (one way)
Why We Love It: Whether you’re a local or just visiting, biking the Golden Gate Bridge is a MUST!
Insider Tips: Bundle up – it can be extremely windy and foggy on the bridge
Getting There: Get to the Golden Gate Bridge by Biking Crissy Field or the Presidio Promenade (both described below) or take the free PresidiGo Shuttle – CRISSY FIELD ROUTE to the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center. See the detailed bike map >>
Challenge Level: Moderate. Bike Path – path exclusively for bicycles.
Biking the Golden Gate Bridge is a wonderful way to get up-close and personal with one of the world’s most iconic landmarks. To begin, ride northwest along the Golden Gate Promenade at Crissy Field toward the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center (note that you can rent a bicycle at the Presidio’s Sports Basement at Crissy Field if you don’t have your own), OR take the free PresidiGo Shuttle (and use the bike rack) right to the bridge. Once you’ve reached the north end of the bridge, you can turn around to return to the Presidio, or continue toward the Marin Headlands or Sausalito. From Sausalito, you can take your bike on the Golden Gate ferry to return to the San Francisco Ferry Building. Learn more about the Golden Gate Bridge >>
Biking at Crissy Field – 1.9 to 4 Miles
Why We Love It: Golden Gate Bridge views, birdwatching, and the perfect flat spot for bike lessons
Insider Tips: Finish with a snack at the Warming Hut, or take in the views at Torpedo Warf
Getting There: PresidiGo Shuttle – CRISSY FIELD. See the detailed bike map >>
Challenge Level: Easy. Mixed-use path – path exclusively for bicycles and pedestrians.
Crissy Field is a flat and easy adventure that offers amazing views and plenty of spots to take a break. You can actually begin your adventure outside the Presidio using the San Francisco Bay Trail, which connects Fisherman’s Wharf to Crissy Field. We suggest starting at Fort Mason on Marina Boulevard and Laguna Street. Enjoy the views of the northern waterfront and the Marina Green and turn right at Baker Street to connect to the Golden Gate Promenade Trail. Continue on the Promenade to Fort Point National Historic Site. With wide flat surfaces and beaches perfect for playing in the sand, this is a great ride for families. Learn more about the Golden Gate Promenade/Bay Trail >>
Presidio Promenade to the Golden Gate Bridge – 2.2 Miles (one way)
Why We Love It: Travel through the heart of the park with bonus views of San Francisco Bay
Challenge Level: Moderate. Most of the Promenade is mixed-use path (bike and pedestrian), separated from traffic. However, for some small segments near the Main Post, cyclists need to use the bike lane (a striped lane alongside car traffic).
Begin your adventure at the Presidio’s Lombard Gate and ride through the heart of the park. This route features the Letterman Digital Arts Center (home of the famous Yoda statue), the historic Main Post (where Presidio Visitor Center is located), and beautiful San Francisco National Cemetery. You can also stop at Crissy Field Overlook for a glimpse of Alcatraz and San Francisco Bay before heading uphill to the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center. Take a break with a hot chocolate at the Round House Café before biking north towards Marin. Learn more about the Presidio Promenade Trail >>
“Around the Park” Loop – 4.6 Miles
Why We Love It: Offers a taste of the historic Main Post, the coastal bluffs, and breathtaking views
Challenge Level: Moderate. This route includes both mixed-use paths (bike and pedestrian) and bike lanes (striped lanes alongside car traffic).
Want views that will knock your socks off? This route includes five of the Presidio’s beautiful scenic overlooks. Start at Arguello Gate and head past Andy Goldsworthy’s Spire before riding down Arguello Boulevard to see the Presidio Officers’ Club and the Presidio Visitor Center. After getting learning a bit about the park, pick up the Presidio Promenade Trail towards the Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center. Then you can choose to ride across the bridge or head back to Arguello Gate. On your return journey, ride along Washington Boulevard, where you’ll experience expansive views of the Pacific Ocean and see one of the oldest golf courses on the West Coast. Learn more about Presidio overlooks >>