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 »
Mountain Lake lies nearly hidden at the southern edge of the Presidio. The campsite of the Anza settlement party in 1776, it became a source of fresh water for San Francisco during the early years. Much of the lake's shoreline was buried in the 1930s to provide a freeway approach to the Golden Gate Bridge, but ducks and waterfowl still make their home among the tule reeds. Mountain Lake today fronts a popular neighborhood park with playground equipment, tennis courts and a Par Course.
Did You Know?
Major Jonathan Letterman--after whom the hospital at the Presidio was renamed in 1911--was the medical director of the Army of the Potomac. A founding father of military medicine, Letterman organized forward first-aid stations, mobile field hospitals, and ambulance services during the Civil War.