Fort Baker

white buildings with green lawn and bridge in background
Fort Baker, looking west

Photo courtesy of Michal Venera

 

Welcome to Fort Baker!

Fort Baker, the ninth and final "Post-to-Park" conversion in the Golden Gate National Parks, is a 335 acre former 1905 U.S. Army post located immediately north of the Golden Gate Bridge. This hidden gem of a site consists of over 25 historic army buildings clustered around a main parade ground, a sheltered harbor protected by a jetty, a number of historic gun emplacements, and trails and forested areas climbing gently up from San Francisco Bay.
 
Things to Do
  • Sign up for the Fort Baker cell phone tour and learn about Fort Baker's history, its natural surroundings, its early people, the U.S. military and the role that the National Park Service and park partners now play in protecting the site.
  • Go fishing and crabbing off the pier at Horseshoe Cove; no fishing license required.
  • Launch your kayak or sailboat at the at the boat ramp in Horseshoe Cove. Sailing lessons and boat rentals are available at the small yacht harbor.
  • Hike Drown Road and the Chapel Steps Trail for a moderate 1 mile loop.
  • There are easy walks along the waterfront and along the bluffs-all have spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay.
  • Explore seacoast fortifications at Battery Yates on the eastern bluffs.
 
Tips and Highlights
  • Check out the Parks Conservancy's online events calendar for occasional scheduled programs at Fort Baker.
  • Download one of our self-guided history walks. Explore and learn about army innovations a Fort Baker's Parade Ground or the historical and natural significance of Horseshoe Cove.
  • Fort Baker has been designated an area for on-leash dog walking only. Dogs are not allowed on the Chapel Trail or on Fort Baker Pier. Please visit our dog management page for more information.
  • Look out for the variety of wildlife and plant species at Fort Baker, including the endangered Mission Blue butterfly and its host plant, the silver lupine. At Horseshoe Cove and the fishing pier one can spot shorebirds, sea lions and harbor seals.
 
FORT BAKER'S PARK PARTNERS
Fort Baker features a hands-on children's museum and learning center; a the first-class lodge; an institute dedicated to dialog and action on global environmental issues; as well as the U.S. Coast Guard Station Golden Gate and the Travis Sailing Center.
 
Bay Area Discovery Museum
Bay Area Discovery Museum

6 month to 8 year olds play, discover and create at this one-of-a-kind indoor and outdoor children's museum at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge.

 
Cavallo Point Lodge
Cavallo Point—The Lodge at the Golden Gate
LEED certified and featuring sweeping views of the Golden Gate, Cavallo Point offers contemporary-style and restored historic lodging options.
 
Institute at the Golden Gate
Institute at the Golden Gate
The Institute of the Golden Gate contributes to a more sustainable and healthy world by harnessing the power of parks and public lands to advance environmental stewardship and human wellbeing.
 
US Coast Guard Logo
U.S. Coast Guard Station Golden Gate
The U.S. Coast Guard's presence in the San Francisco Bay dates back to 1877. Today, the U.S. Coast Guard continues to uphold its mission to protect the public, the environment, U.S. economic interests and national security.
 
Presidio Yacht Club
Travis AFB Sailing Marina Center (Presidio Yacht Club)
The Travis Marina, located in Horseshoe Cove, was originally built to support mine-laying operations and anti-submarine warfare during World War 2. Since the end of the War, the Marina has opened up for civilian use.
 

NAVIGATING FORT BAKER

Parking

Please park along the waterfront at Horseshoe Cove or at the trailhead at Drown Road, located off of East Road.

Biking

Many cyclists approach Fort Baker on Conzelman Road from the Golden Gate Bridge. There are relatively flat routes around Murray Circle and along the waterfront. A short but steep climb takes you to the access road to Sausalito.

Map

Download the Marin Headlands/Fort Baker Map which provides you with road and trails information.

 
Want to know more about Fort Baker?

Learn about the history of Fort Baker and other Endicott-period army posts in the GGNRA.

Identify the Colonial Revival architectural style elements on the buildings at Fort Baker.


Visit the Parks Conservancy website for more information.

Contact Us
For more information, please contact:

Fort Barry, Building 948
Sausalito, CA 94965

Phone: (415) 331-1540

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123-0022

Phone:

(415) 561-4700
Pacific West Region Information Center (415) 561-4700 Special Event & Commercial Film Permits (415) 561-4300

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