A Walk in San Francisco’s Presidio

A few days after our return home from Barcelona last Fall I drove across the Bay Bridge to have lunch with my siblings and a cousin and their respective spouses at the Presidio Café in the clubhouse of the Presidio Golf Course. After lunch we exited via the clubhouse back door and took a walk through the old military reservation that is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.


Monterey Cypress line a fairway on the Presidio Golf Course.

Click on any photo to see a larger version of that photo.

We passed a few holes on the venerable golf course that was founded in 1895 and has been open to the public since 1995 and followed the trail northerly to the Cemetery Overlook where we gazed at one of the best views in the world. We then followed the path southwesterly until we reached Mountain Lake and then completed our circular walk by heading east and returning to the clubhouse parking lot where we left our cars. It was a pleasant walk that lasted about 90 minutes (We dawdled a lot; it should only take 30 to 45 minute for the average walker).


The Cemetery Overlook.


Same view as above except vertical.


The Golden Gate Bridge above the San Francisco National Cemetery.


Another view from the Cemetery Overlook. My mother’s sister Ramona is buried here with her husband Grayson Schmidt. Uncle Grayson graduated from West Point in 1924.

Grayson retired from the US Army as a Lt Colonel.

Grayson retired from the US Army as a Lt Colonel. He was born in San Francisco in 1902, grew up in Tonapah, Nevada and died in Cupertino, California in 1961.

After his Army career Grayson taught mathematics and physics at Mills College in Oakland.

After his Army career Grayson taught mathematics and physics at Mills College in Oakland.


My Aunt Ramona with her two daughters Ramona and Joan circa 1931. My cousins grew up at Fort Scott (San Francisco), California; Fort Monroe, Virginia; West Point, New York; Honolulu, Hawaii; and Fort Mills (Corregidor) in the Philippines.


One bridge, many eucalyptus trees.


Mountain Lake is near the southern border of the Presidio where Part Presidio Blvd becomes Veterans Blvd, the main thoroughfare to the Golden Gate Bridge from the south.


View from the clubhouse at the Presidio Golf Course. That’s St Ignatius Church on the left and Sutro Tower, the city’s main TV tower on the right. The top of the tower is 1811 feet above sea level, the highest point in San Francisco.

The Presidio Café is located at 300 Finley Drive just off Arguello Blvd and just inside the Arguello Gate to the Presidio. I opted for brunch that day (Eggs Benedict – $13) while everyone else had lunch. You might want to think about making a reservation. See here for their menus.

The National Park Service manages the coastal portions of the Presidio while the golf course and cafe and other places in the Presidio’s interior are by an act of Congress in 1996 under the auspices of the Presidio Trust. See here for more information on the Presidio Golf Course and here for information on places to see and events to attend in the Presidio.

The San Francisco National Cemetery is maintained by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The only other cemetery within the city limits of San Francisco is at Mission Dolores. See here for more information.


About crowcanyonjournal

I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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7 Responses to A Walk in San Francisco’s Presidio

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks, Jerry. Great pictures..and stories

  2. Michelle says:

    Great pictures Jerry! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a picture of Ramona (the elder) before! Nor Grayson for that matter.

  3. Love the history and pictures. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Peter Klopp says:

    Great post with a very personal touch! It must have felt good to be back in your home country again, Jeff!

  5. Amy says:

    Thank you for sharing the great stories and photos with us!

  6. Great tour and views of the city and the bridge!

  7. Love the family histories and your photos!!

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