The depth of water under the Golden Gate Bridge is approximately 377 feet (or 115 meters) at its deepest point.
The US Geological Survey, with other research partners, have mapped central San Francisco Bay and its entrance under the Golden Gate Bridge using multibeam echosounders. In 2006, they published a topographical image with indicative depths of the sea floor around Alcatraz and Angel Islands, and the Golden Gate Strait underneath the bridge.
The imaging shows the area below the Golden Gate Bridge as being the deepest part of San Francisco Bay.
All vehicles crossing the Golden Gate Bridge in the direction of San Francisco are required to pay a toll charge.
Toll payments cannot be made on the bridge, so rental car drivers have the option of paying the toll through their rental company, but this is likely to be more expensive and subject to convenience fees.
Alternatively, one-time toll payments can be made before, or up to 2 days after, crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. Note your rental car’s license plate number and pay by one of the following methods:
Online using a credit card at bayareafastrak.org.
By phone using a credit card on the toll free number 1-877-BAY-TOLL (or 1-877-229-8655).
In person using cash at a Cash Payment Location. Go to bayareafastrak.org/cashlocations for a complete listing.
In person using credit card or cash, check or money order at the Bay Area FasTrak Customer Service Center at 375 Beale Street (between Folsom and Harrison Streets in San Francisco. Hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, and Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
The Sand Ladder steps from the north end of Baker Beach emerge on the California Coastal Trail that runs alongside Lincoln Boulevard. Heading north on this trail for approximately 1 mile will lead to San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
The Burning Man festival started as a gathering held on San Francisco’s Baker Beach to mark the 1986 summer solstice.
On June 22nd, 1986, Larry Harvey and Jerry James burned a 9-foot wooden human effigy they built at the northern end of Baker Beach, in the presence of a small group of friends. While the beach was already a place for summer solstice bonfires, this event attracted increasing public interest and was held annually until 1989, when some 350 people attended.
By 1990, its growth and a lack of permits led to the event moving to Nevada where it continues to be held annually, albeit on a larger scale.
Rob Hill Campground, the only campsite within the city of San Francisco, is situated in a forested area of the Presidio above Baker Beach. This group campsite is open seasonally between April 1 and October 31, and has restrooms but no showers, no RV camping and no hookups. Advance credit card reservations are required and the maximum stay is three nights.