• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco

    California

Coastal Bluffs

Douglas iris on the coastal bluffs looking north 
towards the Marin Headlands.

Douglas iris on the coastal bluffs looking north
towards the Marin Headlands.

Beaches and rocky shoreline lie at the base of the coastal bluffs, while their tops provide expansive views of the Pacific coastline. The Coastal Trail extends along the wind-swept coastal bluffs, where some of the most intact natural habitat in the Presidio harbors rare plants adapted to serpentine soil and cool foggy conditions. Gun batteries built in the 1890s for coastal defense and abandoned after World War II are scattered along the bluffs. A World War II memorial to soldiers lost at sea overlooks the area.

Did You Know?

United States Capitol Building

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.