At the northern tip of San Francisco's Presidio, Baker Beach offers spectacular views from outside the Golden Gate. Beach wheelchairs are available if you reserve in advance and can transport one here from Fort Mason. An accessible bench sits in the northwest corner of the oceanfront parking lot, and nearby, behind the restroom, a short path leads to...
At the northern tip of San Francisco's Presidio
, Baker Beach offers spectacular views from outside the Golden Gate. Beach wheelchairs are available if you reserve in advance and can transport one here from Fort Mason. An accessible bench sits in the northwest corner of the oceanfront parking lot, and nearby, behind the restroom, a short path leads to a grassy area where picnic tables are set on pavement and dirt among cypress trees. Battery Chamberlin, near the north end of the northern parking lot, is an artillery installation the U.S. Army maintained and frequently remodeled from the late 1800s through World War II. It still has a six-inch "disappearing gun" from the early 1900s, designed to pop up from behind a parapet to fire, then drop down again. The gun is revealed every weekend, weather permitting, and on the first full weekend of each month, from 11 am to 3 pm, park rangers demonstrate how it works. The approach from the parking lot is level but steps prevent close access to the installation.
Lobos Creek Valley Trail
Trailhead: At the southwestern end of the Presidio Trust maintenance yard parking lot, which is on the east side of Lincoln Boulevard, across from Bowley Street and Baker Beach
Length: Under one mile total
Typical Width: 4 ft. & above
Typical Grade: Gentle
Terrain: HardThe boardwalk sags a bit in the middle and shrubbery encroaches on it in places.
Obstacles: No turnaround area at the end of the boardwalk
If you visit Baker Beach in spring, be sure to take the short trek along this boardwalk through the restored dune habitat of Lobos Creek Valley to see the wildflowers in bloom. Look for purple dune gilia and San Francisco lessingia (both endangered), sticky monkeyflower, bush lupine, paintbrush, coast buckwheat, and more. It's also a great place to...
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The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Beach wheelchairs are available for pickup at Crissy Field and Fort Mason, Building 201; five days advance notice is required. To reserve, you can send email via the NPS website or call 415-561-4958; (800) 877-8339 Federal Relay Service, (877) 877-6280 VCO, (877) 877-8982 Speech to Speech, (800) 845-6136 Spanish, (866) 893-8340 TeleBraille.
Several accessible spots are in both the north and south (oceanfront) lots at Baker Beach, and two are in the lot at the Lobos Creek Valley trailhead.
At northern and southern (oceanfront) parking lots. The restroom building in the northern lot has no 5' x 5' turnaround space except in the stall.
One group of tables in the picnic area behind the restroom is reachable via an uneven and frequently sandy asphalt path. These tables do not have 27" knee clearance.
Other Things of Interest
The northernmost end of Baker Beach is frequented by clothing-optional sunbathers.