SF Urban Walk: Visit Three Open Spaces

  • 07 Jan 2018
  • 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
  • 400 Castro St, San Francisco, CA

Start off 2018 by joining me for a 5.5 to 6.5 mile urban walk and hike in heart of San Francisco. We will be visiting three open spaces in the City: Mount Sutro Open Space, Twin Peaks, and Glen Canyon Park.
My walks and hikes tend to be slow-to-moderately paced. However, this walk and hike will be strenuous given the distance and duration, and, the variety of terrain. Be prepared for many, many staircases and steps (both ascending and descending), single track trails, busy San Francisco streets and San Francisco vehicle traffic. Elevation gain will be about 750 feet.
We will meet in the Castro District at Market and Castro Streets. We will begin walking up 17th Street to Ord Street to take the Vulcan Street stairs to see S.F. homes accessible via these stairs. We will then take a circuitous route to Tank Hill where will be stop at this vista to enjoy views of Cole Valley, the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin County (provided it's a clear day!).
From Tank Hill, we will skirt Cole Valley to enter the Interior Green Belt and walk around Mount Sutro Open Space (length dependent upon group), located behind the UCSF Parnassus campus (there are many nice wooded single track trails tucked away here). We will make our way to the UCSF Aldea Center.
From the Aldea Center, we will cross over Clarendon Street and make our way towards Sutro Tower and reservoir to Twin Peaks. We will stop at the Twin Peaks summit to soak in the 360 degree views of San Francisco (again, provided its a clear day). We then descend Twin Peaks to Portola Drive. We will cross Portola Drive to enter Glen Canyon Park.
We will walk around the upper edges of Glen Canyon Park and descend to the park floor. From here we will hike out to Glen Park district where our hike will end at the Glen Park Bart station (easy access for those returning to the East Bay).

* Please bring layers of clothing (jackets, hats, scarves, gloves) for warmth and potentially damp and cold weather conditions (January in San Francisco)
* You may want to bring your hiking poles to help navigate steps and trails.
* Please bring plenty of water as we will be in mostly residential and open space locations where there may not be many stores or water fountains available nearby.
* Lunch, snacks, nuun tablets. We will be eating lunch outside the Aldea Center or in Twin Peaks.

Again, this will be a strenuous hike even though its in the City.
Be prepared for inclemate weather.
***Heavy Rain forecast will cancels this event***
Please remember to sign out if you plan to do a part of this hike.
You may bring our dog if it is well-behaved towards other hikers and you think your pet is up to a 5 to 6 mile walk, and is OK with traffic, tourists, etc. Please bring your pets' leash as well as pet snacks, food and water.
Contact me in advance if you have questions.

Hosted by Marina Dicerbo

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