The Trail

Trail Overview

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.

3.8 miles (mostly flat or gently sloping).

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

• 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

Trail Map

Included in our Barbary Coast Trail pocket guide.

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