Fort Mason Great Meadow Trail

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A paved path runs across a grass lawn. A large orange suspension bridge can be seen in the distance.
The Fort Mason Great Meadow Trail provides great views of the Golden Gate Bridge on a clear day.

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Trail Overview

Distance: 0.5 mi (0.8 km)
Time: 30 minutes
Trailhead: Upper Fort Mason
Slope: Avg 3.5% Max 8%
Side Slope: Avg 1% Max 3%
Width: Avg 8' Min 60"
Trail Surface: Asphalt

The Fort Mason Great Meadow is large open area filled with meandering paths surrounded by grassy lawns. There are accessible pedestrian access points into the Great Meadow at the intersections of Marina Blvd and Laguna St, Laguna St and Bay St, Bay St and Octavia St and from inside Fort Mason at MacArthur Ave. If you enter from the Marina Blvd intersection follow the directional arrows along Laguna St to the accessible route. Accessible parking is available from inside Fort Mason at MacArthur Ave in front of the Headquarters building and at the parking lot behind building 101. There is an accessible restroom located within the Great Meadow. The pathways are paved asphalt. The entire loop including the paths along Laguna and Bay total a ½ mile. Along this loop you can take in views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Lower Fort Mason Center. There are a couple accessible benches along the pathways as well.

Trail Profile


Trail Map

Map of Fort Mason


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 parking available, including accessible parking available at Upper Fort Mason.


Accessible restrooms can be found adjacent to the Great Meadow


Water can be found Adjacent to the Great Meadow. Avoid becoming dehydrated or experiencing heat exhaustion. Drink plenty and drink often; pace yourself; rest in the shade; and eat salty snacks.

Last updated: October 22, 2019

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Mailing Address:

Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Building 201, Fort Mason

San Francisco, CA 94123-0022


(415) 561-4700

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