Black Point Battery Trail

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Gun at Black Point Battery in Fort Mason

During the Civil War, the U.S. Army hastily built two batteries, armed with 10-inch Rodman guns, at a site that locals called Black Point. These armaments at Point San Jose Military Reservation (later called Fort Mason) served as backup to the fortifications on Alcatraz and at Fort Point.

Today, this trail reveals a delightfully tucked-away part of the park; be sure to swing by the youth hostel and say "hi" to our barista friends at the cafe. 

Surface Category

Parks

Difficulty

Length

0.35 miles round-trip

Elevation Gain

30.00 feet

Elevation Loss

-107.00 feet

Typical Tread Width

48 Inches

Minimum Tread Width

48 Inches

Typical Cross-Slope

3%

Maximum Cross-Slope

9%

Typical Grade

0%

Maximum Grade

11%