CAUTION: Post Storm Damage to Coastal Trail
The Presidio Coastal Trail segment just north of the Pacific Overlook and adjacent to Lincoln Blvd remains CLOSED indefinitely. We have posted signage to alert bicyclists and hikers and with information for safe trail alternatives. More »
Also known as the California Mole, the Broad-Footed Mole is a subterranean tunnel dweller that favors areas of moist soil. This animal is active year-round and is most likely to be seen after a rainfall. The broad-footed mole eats insects and other invertebrates just below the ground surface. A highly territorial creature, the mole breeds from February to May; its young emerge from their nests in June.
The broad-footed mole is typically 13 to 15 centimeters in length and has a naked nose. It is virtually black in color and, as the name suggests, has broad front feet. It is difficult to distinuish from the Pacific Mole. In the Presidio, this species is found in annual grasslands, forests, lawns, and riparian areas. It is most often seen near Lobos Creek and Inspiration Point.
Did You Know?
In 1882, the fort now known as Fort Point was given the name "Fort Winfield Scott", a name it retained for four years before being downgraded to a sub-post of the Presidio. In 1912, the name was reused for the new coast artillery post at the Presidio, today's Fort Scott.