San Francisco’s far-reaching transit system enables you to reach the start of dozens of great hikes by bus. If you want to hike San Francisco, getting to the trailhead can be half the fun for residents and visitors alike.
Given the city’s notorious traffic and scarcity of parking, even if you can reach the start of a hike by car, you may choose not to drive to the trailhead.
I’m happy to report that every hike described in my new pocket guide, HIKE San Francisco can be accessed by transit. Many of the area’s parklands and popular trails experience significant congestion and scarce parking during peak use periods, so public transit can be a great option for hikers. For residents or visitors to the city on a budget, low-cost transportation removes what is sometimes a barrier to taking a hike and gaining the many healthful benefits of time on the trail.
Transit and Trails
The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy features a planning tool and interactive map and links up with Transit and Trails , which helps connects you to parks and open spaces, find and plan hikes. The site also provides public transportation info, plus directions to walk, bike, or drive to the start of a hike.
The PresidiGo Shuttle system is a great (and free!) service for hikers bound for trailheads in and near the Presidio. “Downtown” and “Around the Park” PresidiGo Shuttle routes are integrated with the Google Maps trip planning system.
The Downtown route makes stops at the Presidio Transit Center on the Main Post, the Letterman District, Union Street/Van Ness Avenue, Embarcadero BART, and the Transbay Terminal.
Around the Park has a very popular Crissy Field Route serving the northern Presidio includ- ing the Main Post, Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Scott and Letterman District. The Presidio Hills Route serves the Letterman District, Main Post, Inspiration Point, Washington Boulevard, Baker Beach, and more. Both routes originate at the Presidio Transit Center and connect with MUNI and Golden Gate Transit at several locations.
Check out Marin Transit for buses to Stinson Beach, Pantoll Ranger Station, Mountain Home Inn and more locales.