This nature walk to El Polin Spring to the Andy Goldsworthy Woodline is so serene that you can hear the birds chirping and the frogs croaking along the way. There are tons of different plants blooming and it’s relaxing to literally stop and smell the flowers. Tucked in the hills of the Presidio, this route also explores some of the lesser known secret spots like the Yoda fountain and the Community Gardens!
This is a great run or walk and it’s perfect for kids who love to explore the outdoors.
El Polin to the Woodline (3 miles)
- Park at Sports Basement Presidio for free and head toward Tennessee Hollow Watershed by the YMCA to enjoy the vocal stylings of the local frogs and birds. I originally had headphones on but they were so loud I just decided to listen to the beautiful sounds instead!
- Follow MacArthur Blvd. Take a detour on Lover’s Lane and soak in the sights at the MacArthur Meadow Bridge before continuing on MacArthur to the El Polin Parking lot. Sometimes you can see the beautiful herons that hang out at the meadow!
- Explore the Community Garden adjacent to the parking lot and challenge yourself (or your kids) to identify some of the veggies growing! Some of these plants are grown and utilized by Presidio Foods restaurants.
- From here you can add Inspiration Point (1 mile) or explore El Polin Spring and this secret shady picnic spot. Follow the main trail uphill, make a left at the Paul Goode Field and follow it to the top of the Woodline.
- From here you can walk the winding route down the Woodline until it connects to Presidio Blvd.
Cross over to Letterman Drive and stretch it out at the Yoda Foundation before heading back!
ADD ON: Inspiration Point and The Spire (1 mile)
- Take this trail up the steps at El Polin and enjoy epic views at Inspiration Point and the unique point of view of Andy Goldsworthy’s installation The Spire.
ADD ON: Crissy Field Loop (2 miles)
- Put this on the beginning or end of your trip if you want a longer stroll. Bird watch at Crissy Field Marsh and enjoy stunning views of the Golden Gate Bridge from the San Francisco Bay Trail.