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San Francisco Private Urban Hike: The Presidio

Marin County, United States

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Explore San Francisco’s historic park and former military post on this 2.5- to 3-hour Presidio hiking tour for your private group of 4 or more. Led by an expert guide, you’ll see the Palace of Fine Arts from Inspiration Point, the Presidio Chapel and the San Francisco National Cemetery. Inhale the scents of eucalyptus, cypress and pine as you wander through Lover’s Lane and the Ecology Trail and spot views of Alcatraz. Your guide will provide historical commentary about the area as you enjoy the scenery and fresh air of the outdoors.
  • 2.5 to 3-hour urban hike through the Presidio of San Francisco
  • Wander through towering pine, cypress and eucalyptus forests on a moderate 5-mile hiking tour
  • Visit this historic landmark’s must-see sights including San Francisco National Cemetery, Lover’s Lane and Presidio Chapel
  • Soak up sweeping view of San Francisco Bay from Inspiration Point and the Lyon Street Steps
  • Learn about the park’s fascinating history from your expert guide

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

The Presidio is a must-see not only for its natural beauty and fantastic views but for its unique role in San Francisco's history. Instead of just driving through it, strap on your hiking boots and explore every nook and cranny this amazing place has to offer.
Private Tour
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Tour departs from the bottom of the Lyon Street Steps, Pacific Heights District

Departure Time

10:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
In the city's Pacific Heights neighborhood, find the bottom of the Lyon Street steps, where you'll meet your guide and hiking group. Embark on a 3-hour moderate hiking tour with great views of the city.

Climb the steps and pause at the top to catch your breath and enjoy sweeping views of the Marina district, the Palace of Fine Arts and the San Francisco Bay. 

Enter the Presidio, a former American and Spanish military base that is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Leave the crowded neighborhoods and urban bustle behind as you hike into this massive expanse of greenery and dense forest. 

Walk down Lover's Lane, so-named because it was a popular spot for soldiers to meet their sweethearts during the 19th century. Walk through the Tennessee Hollow Watershed, filled with old-growth eucalyptus trees, to Inspiration Point. Stop for photo ops and great views of Angel Island, Alcatraz and the Marin Headlands. View an art installation by Andy Goldsworthy, a series of horizontal cypress trees snaking into the watershed called Wood Line. Further along the hike, you'll see another one of Goldsworthy's works, called Spire.

Stop by the Presidio Cemetery, the final resting place of more than 30,000 Americans, including many military veterans. Learn about the history and legends of this cemetery through your guide's commentary. 

Finally, follow the Ecology Trail through the large redwood grove and visit the Spanish Mission Revival Presidio Chapel. 

After 3 hours, your tour ends back at the Lyon Street Steps.
Stop At:  
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Admission Ticket Included
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Palace of Fine Arts Theatre
Admission Ticket Free
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Bay Area Ridge Trail
Admission Ticket Free
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San Francisco Bay
Admission Ticket Free
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Presidio of San Francisco
Admission Ticket Free
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Pacific Heights
Admission Ticket Included
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San Francisco National Cemetery
Admission Ticket Free
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Lyon Street Steps
Admission Ticket Free
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Angel Island State Park
Admission Ticket Free
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Urban Hiker SF- Day Tours
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 4 people per booking is required
  • Adult pricing applies for all travelers
  • Bringing water is recommended
  • Due to the distance and intensity of the hike, this tour is not recommended for children 12 years and younger
  • Recommended attire: comfortable shoes or hiking boots, dressing in layers
  • Tour runs rain or shine. If it is raining and you would prefer not to attend, you may reschedule or request a refund
  • OPERATED BY Urban Hiker SF

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during San Francisco Private Urban Hike: The Presidio?
This activity will have a maximum of 9 travelers.

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We had a great time! Our guide, Alex...
Catherine C
, Jul 2014
We had a great time! Our guide, Alex, was wonderful and so helpful. She not only shared all her knowledge of the Presidio but also helped us discover the best ways to get around San Francisco and a great Thai place for dinner that evening! I highly recommend this unique way to explore a beautiful part of San Francisco.
Great tour. The guide was engaging and...
Ma A
, Feb 2014
Great tour. The guide was engaging and quite pleasant. The trail was slightly challenging and very scenic. Overall it was a very lovely day and yes, I would do it again

Product code: 6032PRESIDIO

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