Let’s start the New Year off on the right foot with some Urban Hiking! One of the best things about living in the San Francisco Bay Area is the easy access to some incredible hikes, including the Bay Trail, Purisma Creek, Twin Peaks, Billy Goat Hill, Angel Island, Muir Woods, and Mount Tam. Right in the heart of San Francisco is the Presidio, a national park and former military base. It has a golf course, hiking trails, the Walt Disney Museum, a bowling alley, restaurants, and tons of gorgeous viewpoints. For locals, this is an endlessly fun park to hike around in because there are so many hidden gems. I’ve shared a few below. Let me know if you’ve found any of them & what I’m missing!
Let’s start off with the famous Woodline, an art installment that runs alongside Lover’s Lane, by Andy Goldsworthy.
You can really get a sense of the scale of the Wood Line as you look down and see how small everyone looks next to it!
Depending on what time of day, the Wood Line looks different. Look at the difference of when the sun shifted!
Take the walk down the woodline & admire the natural beauty hidden in this dense city!
It’s hard to believe that people actually get to live here!
When you get to the bottom, take a moment to look back up at the Wood Line from another angle!
After the wandering the woodline, we hiked over to find the famous wood spire, build by well-known artist Andy Goldsworthy. It is constructed from the trunks of 37 Monterey cypress trees felled as part of the Presidio’s reforestation effort and symbolizes forest rejuvenation.
Another hidden gem in the Presidio, is this hidden spring. You head down a neighborhood street lined with former barracks before stumbling upon this mini park within a park. It has a hidden natural spring at the center of it that used to attract the native Indians in the area.
Don’t miss the Walt Disney Museum while you’re here. I’m not a huge Disney follower, but the museum is fascinating & easily takes all afternoon. Perfect for rainy days!
If you fall in love with the Presidio, try spending the night at the Inn at the Presidio. Their back fire pit is so cozy under the trees!
The Presidio is also home to the famous ILM studios, George Lucas’s motion picture visual effect company. This is where the movie magic happens that created all of the stunning visual effects for Star Wars, Back to the Future, Indian Jones, and so many more that I won’t list out. While everyone is hard at work, you can wander around hunting for the elusive Yoda Statue.