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 »
Santa Cruz Garter Snake
Natural History: This snake is generally aquatic, eating fish and amphibians. It tends to be active diurnally and basks by river banks.
General Distribution: In the Presidio, this species may be found in ponds, streams, springs, and marshes.
Frequency: This species is may possibly occur in the Presidio. It has not been sighted in recent years.
Identifying Characteristics: This snake is variable in color. It has a visible mid-dorsal yellow stripe and a bright yellow throat.
Did You Know?
In 1872, there was a proposal in Congress for the Presidio to become a San Francisco city park. The Army reported that 800 acres were required for national defense, provided barracks be relocated. Despite Congressman Cole's attempts, however, the Presidio reservation remained intact.