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Why we live here: #2 We can visit a National Park right in the city (NEW DATE)

New York has a 'Central' park, San Francisco has a NATIONAL Park, fully within the city borders. And our Park was not manufactured by Frederick Law Olmsted or some other hot shot from the 1850s. Our Park was built by the King of Spain in 1776. It may not be Yellowstone but The Presidio does have some really cool history to look at, some remarkably pretty trails and a few of the best views in the world. Time to explore.

We're meeting at Mountain Lake park which is at Lake and 12th Avenue and then heading north, following the same route that Juan Bautista de Anza did for the King back in 1776. Then we're switching to a path that Adah Bakalinsky first braved for her book 'Stairway Walks in San Francisco' in 1984. We're going to pass through Ft. Scott and by the Presidio Log Cabin before crossing Lincoln Ave (carefully) and descending the relatively new but unquestionably spectacular Batteries to Bluffs Trail.

Batteries to Bluffs takes us to a beautifully fun and rocky beach right under the Golden Gate Bridge. Weather and tides permitting we'll stop for lunch here. Getting back up from the beach will be the workout portion of our walk but we'll go slow and the staircases are spaced far enough apart to allow for 'breath taking' views.

Then we'll pass by the Ft. Scott Castle before heading back.

 

Should be a fun day outside in the sun for a bunch of New Yorkers. Things to bring include lunch, maybe something to sit on at the beach (although there should be plenty of dry boulders), water, sun screen, maybe an extra layer to keep warm and your comfortable walking shoes. The truly brave may wish to stick their toes in the ocean.

Be prepared to take lots of great pictures while enjoying a national treasure, hope to see you there!

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  • Shervin

    Great hike and group of reformed New Yorkers. Thanks for organizing this Jeff.

    April 13, 2013

  • Linda L.

    4/13/13Excellent. One of the most beautiful hikes I have ever taken. We saw dolphins jumping up and playing in the bay, pretty irises and other flowers, and a huge heron. Marshall Beach was a gorgeous place to eat lunch, viewing the GG Bridge and the bay.

    April 13, 2013

  • Rosann

    Sorry, I have to finish taxes! I would much rather go hiking.

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hurt my ankle :(

    April 12, 2013

  • Bramani

    I have dance classes Saturdays 10:30-1:30. Sorry I'm going to miss this. It sounds great.

    April 12, 2013

  • Safiya

    I can't wait to meet you guys but I must as I cannot attend the hike tomorrow.. have fun!

    April 12, 2013

  • deb

    My son is getting his wisdom teeth pulled today. I'm bummed this sounds amazing. I may have to do it on my own one day.

    April 12, 2013

  • David

    I've changed my rsvp to no because I just found out I may have to work over the weekend, but will attend if it turns out I can. Have fun....

    April 11, 2013

  • Linda L.

    Just got my answer to my question by reading your answer to Sherry's below.

    April 11, 2013

  • Linda L.

    About how many miles total, and abt how many feet elevation do we climb to? If I find it too long or hard, is there a place where I can cut out and head home?

    April 11, 2013

  • Marilyn A.

    Am totally bummed about missing this event, but just developed a foot injury. Sniff.

    April 10, 2013

  • Rachel

    I'd like to join provided my moving truck doesn't plan on showing up the same day!!

    April 8, 2013

  • Geo H.

    Hi, my name is Jill (GeoHiker88) and I would love to meet some fellow new yawkas!

    April 8, 2013

  • LINDA

    I am working

    April 4, 2013

  • Linda L.

    I will bring a guest (from NJ). How do I register her?

    March 31, 2013

  • Gini Graham S.

    I am attending a film project at that time. I could attend if it starts around 3 p.m. that day.

    March 29, 2013

  • Marilyn A.

    The new date works for me. Thanks, Jeff!

    March 29, 2013

  • Stan L.

    Great, I couldn't make the 30th, but can make the 13th.

    March 29, 2013

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