Crissy Field Promenade

A man jogs along a wide dirt path. A city skyline is visible in the distance
The Crissy Field Promenade is popular with joggers and offers great views of the San Francisco Skyline

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Trail Overview

Distance: 2.3 mi (3.7 km)
Elevation Gain: 10ft
Time: 1 hour
Trailhead: Crissy Field/East Beach
Slope: Avg 0%, Max 1.4%
Side Slope: Avg 1%, Max 2%
Width: Avg 264", Min 60"
Trail Surface: Compacted Natural Material, Boardwalk, Asphalt

Most all the pathways throughout Crissy Field are generally level making it a nice place to take a leisurely stroll while enjoying vast views of the San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge and marsh habitat. East Beach offers a large universally accessible picnic site with several family and group picnic units which include BBQ grills. East Beach also offers a seasonal beach mat and two beach wheelchairs. Accessible parking and restrooms are available at either East Beach or West Bluff. You may access the Crissy Field Promenade from either location. The promenade is made up of a compacted decomposed granite. While walking along the promenade you will encounter a couple raised boardwalks which plank the beach and provide for viewing opportunities closer to the bay. You will also encounter pedestrian bridge near East Beach which spans the marsh inlet. The surface of this bridge is wood. There is a raised boardwalk that takes you into the marsh; entrance gates are provided near the East Beach picnic area and along Mason St. You may choose to walk back along the promenade or create a loop by walking along Mason St. The trail along Mason Street is paved asphalt. There are dedicated bicycle and pedestrian lanes. Completing this loop is approximately 2 miles. The loop described is part of the Bay Trail.

Trail Profile

Graphic depiction of the profile and characteristics of the Crissy Field Promenade
Graph depicting the elevation changes along the Crissy Field Promenade.


  • Stay on the established trail. The lagoons feature fragile habitat.
  • Observe warning signs and railings—these exist for your safety.
  • Dress in layers and be prepared for varying weather conditions. Sunny days along the coast can turn windy, foggy, and cold very fast.


There is ample parking available at East Beach and along Crissy Field including numerous accessible spots.


Accessible restrooms can be found at East Beach, the Golden Gate Bridge Plaza and at the Crissy Field Warming Hut.


Drinking water can be found at East beach, the Golden Gate Bridge Plaza and at the Crissy Field Warming Hut. Avoid becoming dehydrated or experiencing heat exhaustion. Drink plenty and drink often; pace yourself; rest in the shade; and eat salty snacks.

Trail Etiquette

Please remain on the established trail. Off-trail travel harms plants and causes erosion. Keep your food within arm's reach at all times and do not feed the wildlife. Carry out all trash and food waste (fruit peels, shells, etc.).

Last updated: September 11, 2020

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