Coastal Bluff Trail opens in the Presidio

February 7, 2009 1:04:22 PM PST
Presidio officials have announced that a new public trail completed this week will open a much-needed vertical path from beaches up the park's Pacific Coast cliff line.

The Immigrant Point/Coastal Connector Trail, nicknamed "1000 Steps," provides a safe link from Baker Beach and a sandy forested area beneath Immigrant Point Scenic Overlook and picnic area to four major trail corridors; the California Coastal Trail, the Batteries to Bluffs Trail, the Bay Area Ridge Trail and the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail.

Hikers and beach-goers trekking through the bluff area in the past had forged "social trails" in the absence of an official pedestrian route, creating erosion to habitats and potentially dangerous trails along the steep and unstable terrain.

Work on the Immigrant Point/ Coastal Connector Trail was completed ahead of schedule thanks to dry weather, and is one of many planned as part of the Presidio's three-year trail improvement program.

The multi-use trail improvement effort, funded by a lead gift and challenge grant from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, aims to increase public accessibility and utilization of the privately managed urban national park.

"The park's trail network is perhaps the most important feature connecting people with the Presidio," Presidio Trust trails project manager Amy Deck said in a prepared statement. "Once complete, it will encourage visitors to delve into the park's 1,491 acres-to explore, at their own pace and in their own way, the park's amazing landscapes."