Barbary Coast Trail, San Francisco

Another recommended “urban walk”.

This one I saw in the comments on a post on Modern Hiker.

The southern end of the Barbary Coast Trail begins at the Old U.S. Mint in the heart of downtown. From there it heads north, weaving its way through San Francisco’s most vibrant and historic neighborhoods to Aquatic Park.

Walking Length 3.8 miles (mostly flat or gently sloping).

The trail is designated by 170 bronze medallions and arrows embedded in the sidewalk.


Trail Highlights

• Birthplace of the Gold Rush
• Largest collection of historic ships in the U.S.
• Pony Express Headquarters site
• WWII submarine
• First Asian temple in the U.S.
• Barbary Coast-era shanghaiing den
• Old Mint, once the “Fort Knox of the West”
• Gold Rush-era buildings
• Oldest Catholic cathedral west of the Rockies
• Gold Rush Museum, featuring stagecoaches and Gold Rush mining implements
• Mansion built by Silver King James C. Flood
• Hyde-Powell Cable Car Line

Barbary Coast Trail – official website

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