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Lovers Lane/Presidio

Pros: Two miles round-trip through the historic Presidio
Cons: A slight uphill all the way back
Best For: Exercise with your valentine

Lovers Lane

Widely used by joggers and nature-lovers, this charming path skirts stands of fragrant eucalyptus trees and rows of vintage brick officers' homes from the 1930's. Beginning in the 18th century, it was used by Spanish soldiers and missionaries, as the main route from the Presidio fortification, to the Mission Dolores, three miles south. Visiting sweethearts and family, well into the 19th century, military men on horseback rode this trail back and forth.

Just shy of a mile long, the path is well-maintained and perfectly suited for pushing strollers, or merely strolling. Athletes run it. Andy Goldsworthy chose the adjacent eucalyptus grove as the spot for his new art installation, "Wood Line", a companion piece to his "Spire" on the hill above Inspiration Point in the Presidio.

Lovers Lane
South Trailhead: Presidio Gate at West Pacific Avenue (small parking lot there)
Trail ends at the historic footbridge crossing El Polin Creek (Funston & Presidio Blvd)