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.
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.
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.
“War is what happens when language fails.”
― Margaret Atwood
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.
South of San Francicisco is Fort Funston. The upper parking lot has some unique banks. Be ready for the dog walkers.
If you are looking for an escape from the city head north across the Golden Gate Bridge into the Marin headlands.
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. .
The hike down to Kirby Cove is a bit of a mission. There is no water source so you better bring your own.
Deeper into the headlands is Battery Mendell.
There are many more batteries out there. To start your journey this map might be of aid.