We lucked out. Instead of bombs we carry boards. Instead of searching for enemies, we search for entities.

“Mankind must put an end to war before war puts an end to mankind.” ~ John F. Kennedy

In 1899 the United States Army began fortifying the coast of the San Francisco Bay. They were preparing for future attacks that would luckily never happen.  Over 100 years later those forts still stand and their designs are perfect for skateboarding.

Nathan Guest no complying at Ft. Miley

Nathan Guest no complying inside Fort Miley at Battery Chester

Andrew Gray heelflipping at Fort Miley

Andrew Gray heelflipping from bump to bank at Battery Chester

When someone says they want to skate Miley they are usually referring to Battery Chester. Fort Miley is the 28 acre military reservation the battery resides in.

Unfortunately skating on federal property is illegal. Every so often park rangers will occasionally show up to Battery Chester and harsh the good vibes. If you are lucky they will just ask you to leave. Some times they want your name and address, even if you are from out of the country. It’s ridiculous, but they really want that concrete to rot in peace.

If you get the boot no need to stress, there are other bust free options out there. Point Lobos is just below Battery Chester to the west.

Travis Knapp-Prasek above

Travis Knapp-Prasek 5050ing at Point Lobos. Photo by Michele Markowitz

If banks are your thing Battery Crosby is your spot. It sits above Baker Beach. Go there for a sunset, you won’t regret it.

Andrew Gray

Andrew Gray tailsliding at Battery Crosby

Ian Foreman during a celebration

Ian Foreman celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Bridge at Battery Crosby

“War is what happens when language fails.”
― Margaret Atwood

Garret Daly bonelessing into bliss at Battery Crosby

Garret Daly bonelessing into bliss at Battery Crosby

Tucked away in the Presidio is Battery Sherwood. The Seminole Indians took out Lieutenant Sherwood in 1840 during a battle in Florida. Battery Sherwood’s access has been limited over the years with all of the construction going on, but you can probably find a way into it.

Keith Silvers in the Presidio

Keith Silvers getting technical at Battery Sherwood.

Aaron Herrington sure would go for this at Battery Sherwood.

Sure, wooden boards are great, but so is Ian Brunkow’s ollie at Battery Sherwood.

South of San Francicisco is Fort Funston. The upper parking lot has some unique banks. Be ready for the dog walkers.

Benjamin Paulsrud above Fort Fisher

Benjamin Paulsrud fast planting at Fort Funston

If you are looking for an escape from the city head north across the Golden Gate Bridge into the Marin headlands.

Travis Knapp-Prasek . Photo by Michele Markowitz

Travis Knapp-Prasek bluntsliding at Battery Spencer. Photo by Michele Markowitz

From Battery Spencer you can hike down to Kirby Cove. You will first come to an unnamed battery that is regularly updated with fresh graffiti. .

Benjamin Paulsrud above Kirby Cove

Benjamin Paulsrud frontside boardsliding at the unnamed battery

Travis Knapp-Prasek above Kirby Cove. Photo by Michele Markowitz

Travis Knapp-Prasek 5050s in the cuts. Photo by Michele Markowitz

The hike down to Kirby Cove is a bit of a mission. There is no water source so you better bring your own.

Travis Knapp-Prasek nosepicking at Kirby Cove

Travis Knapp-Prasek nosepicking at Kirby Cove

Deeper into the headlands is Battery Mendell.

Travis Knapp-Prasek in Marin. Photo by Ian Foreman

Travis Knapp-Prasek backside noseblunting at Mendell. Photo by Ian Brunkow

Benjamin Paulsrud in Marin

Benjamin Paulsrud nose stalling as the fog rolls in over Mendell.

Travis Knapp-Prasek wallies inside Fort Baker. Photo by Michele Markowitz

Travis Knapp-Prasek wallies inside Fort Baker. Photo by Michele Markowitz

There are many more batteries out there. To start your journey this map might be of aid.
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