A Walk with Andy Goldsworthy

This article was written by Audrey Eng and David Mairs, rentals staffers at our SB Presidio location.

Did you know that the Presidio houses four of Andy Goldsworthy’s living art pieces? A walk from the Arguello Gate down to the Lombard Gate gives you outdoor access to two of these, while the others are on the Main Post (which is likely closed during shelter-in-place, but be sure to check them out afterwards).

Here's your route:

Start at the Arguello gate (West Pacific and Arguello near the Presidio Golf Course) From there, it’s a short walk down Arguello to the Spire - you really can't miss it! 

Woman in front of wooden spire

Cross the street to the famous lookout spot, where you might see someone riding a penny-farthing while you gaze out at Alcatraz. Take the Ecology Trail from there for a quick stroll through eucalyptus and cypress trees. You'll enjoy some nice views of the Bay, and you'll eventually arrive at Julius Khan playground.

Playground image
The final leg of your tour takes you to the top of Goldsworthy’s Woodline. You'll stay on Ecology Trail past Paul Goode Field (take a bathroom break if you need it) and you'll end up at W. Pacific Ave. again. Take the sidewalk for just a bit and you'll end up at the top of the Woodline. After you reach the bottom of Woodline you are a stones’ throw from the Yoda fountain at LucasArts. 

Guy next to Yoda Statue

If this little hike got your appetite up, walk another few minutes to Avellino for awesome New York-style slices and pies!

Want to learn more about Andy Goldsworthy? You can learn more about his Presidio art installations here, or check out these documentaries:

Rivers and Tides

Leaning Into the Wind

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