Hendrik Point196 Votes Currently Open
- Address: Battery Spencer, Conzelman Rd, Sausalito, CA 94965, United States, San Francisco
- Timings: 24-hrs Details
- Phone: +1-4155614700
- Time Required: 01:00 Hrs
- Tags: View Point
As one of the four modern "Endicott Type" coastal artillery batteries (built for coastal defence in 1901), Battery Spencer had to be strategically located. Though its military significance as a part of the historic Fort Baker has declined, the battery is now thought to be the best spot from which to catch sight of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city of San Francisco at the same time. The views are fantastic whether the day is foggy or not.
From the parking area, the path will take you past the fortifications, information signs, splitting down towards the battery, and up to Hendriks Point. At Hendrik Point, you’ll see the Angel Island, Belvedere and Raccoon Strait to your left, Mount Diablo to your right, and San Francisco in front.
It is one of the end points of the Golden Gate Bridge Walk.
How to Reach Hendrik Point
- You’ll have to drive to here, or take a taxi.
- Muni's No. 76 stop trailhead to Kirby Cove. Catch the bus from Golden Gate Bridge toll Plaza.
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0.95% of people who visit San Francisco include Hendrik Point in their plan
28.57% of people start their Hendrik Point visit around 05 AM
People usually take around 1 Hr to see Hendrik Point
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Hendrik Point
Hendrik Point Reviews & Ratings
This is one of the best places to photograph the bridge, with a view of the city behind it. You also get a view of Alcatraz in the distance. It's only a short drive off the main road, which makes it quite easy to access. It can be extremely windy up there though. Unfortunately, when we were there it was cloudy, so the view was not great, but as we were walking back to the car (which was parked further down the road) the clouds cleared a little, so I got some nice photos of the bridge from further down the road, which actually turned out very nicely. The bridge looks good from here at anytime of day, however, beware that in the morning it is very likely to be cloudy. Also, the sun sets on the battery spencer side of the bridge, so in the afternoon, the sun really brings out the red colour of the bridge. Photography tips: 1. Make sure to bring a wide angle lens, otherwise you won't fit the whole bridge in the frame. 2. A 50mm lens will also be useful. The image I took of the single tower was taken at 50mm. 3. It can be very windy up there, so if you plan on using a tripod, make sure to bring something like a heavy bag to weigh it down.
Nice place to take pictures at but unfortunately they robbed us on the parking next to this place. Watch out for your belongings! Always keep backpacks with money and documents with you! Don't leave backpacks in the car. They smashed two windows in our car and stole two backpacks. Loss of cash, credit cards and documents.
Such a great view of the whole city and the golden gate bridge! Make sure you go on a clear day and that you go before 10am to best the rush.
This is a very nice place to take pictures from. First time visitor in this spot. Is a little tricky to get there, specially with the road construction. Just have to go for it and find it! The view is spectacular and gives you a different perspective of the bridge and what's around it. You also learn that, at one point, this was a defense point, filled with cannons, ammo, soldiers, etc. The area still has the living quarters that show their small fireplaces to stay warm in the winter. It's a piece of history! At the bottom there's a bathroom that should be use only for emergencies!
Great view point for photographers. Stunning view during sunset and after dark. Worth the visit.