Bikepacking Trip: Huddart Park to Presidio

Aug 04th, 2020

Description: Travel along the spine of the Peninsula green belt and into San Francisco. This route requires special access to Fifield Cahill through the beautiful Crystal Springs water shed.

Vehicle Logistics: Check in with park ranger / attendant about parking overnight at Huddart Park. Overnight parking is not allowed at Presidio unless you have a camping permit at Rob Hill.

Water: Fountains can be found at Skyline College, Westlake Park near Merced Lake, and various other gas stations and stores through Pacifica and San Francisco.

Special Permit: You are required to schedule a docent to lead you through the Fifield Cahill section (Fifield Cahill Docent Information). Reach out to info@ridgetrail.org for help in setting up a docent.

Camp Options:

Rob Hill Campground in SF Presidio: Reservation only, group sites.

Huddart County Park: Group sites. Might be possible to camp overnight solo check with Ridge Trail staff to request special permission. info@ridgetrail.org

Half Moon Bay State Beach: First come first served hike and bike sites. This is a detour off of the Ridge Trail which will add more miles and elevation gain.

OuterSpatial Mobile Map: Bike Overnight: Huddart to Rob Hill

Total Miles / Elevation: 53 miles, 6562’ gain, 6133’ loss

Surfaces: Trail and Road. Not all road sections provide lanes or shoulders for bikes. Use at your own risk.

Day 1 Itinerary:

Section 1: Huddart – Fifield Cahill

Trail Maps: Purisima Creek Redwoods, Fifield Cahill

Camp Start: Huddart County Park, group sites. Might be possible to camp overnight solo check with Ridge Trail staff to request special permission. info@ridgetrail.org

Water: There is no water in this section. Fill up before you leave and take everything with you.

Section Note: You will travel on mostly road before arriving at the Fifield Cahill start at Skylawn Memorial Park. Be careful crossing Hwy 92. Travel at your own risk.

Section 2: Fifield Cahill – Lake Merced

Trail Maps: Fifield Cahill to Mussel Rock, Mussel Rock to Lake Merced

Water: Fountains can be found at Skyline College, Westlake Park near Merced Lake, and various other gas stations and stores through Pacifica.

Section 3: Lake Merced – Rob Hill Campground, Presidio

Trail Maps: Lake Merced to Stern Grove, Stern Grove to Presidio, Presidio to Rob Hill

Water: There are various water fountains and stores through San Francisco, the Presidio, and Golden Gate Park.

End Camp: Rob Hill Campground in SF Presidio, group sites.

Section Note: Rapley Ranch to Huddart is mostly on road, Hwy 35 and King Mountain Rd.

Day 2 Suggested Itinerary:

Continue North: Check out our itinerary and resources for The Presidio to Samuel P Taylor

Out and back: Ride back and camp at first come first served hike / bike in sites at Half Moon Bay State Beach


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