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.
Presidio Golf Course is a public 18-hole course with driving range, practice facility and a public clubhouse with restaurant and golf shop. Tee time reservations may be made online or by phone and discounts are offered to residents of San Francisco and Northern California. Note that the separate Tudor-style clubhouse fronting onto the 9th green is a private members facility of the Presidio Golf and Concordia Club which shares access to the public golf course.