Crissy Field, the Presidio, and northwest coast of San Francisco are part of arguably the most unique and stunning urban park in the U.S. if not the world. Spectacular views of San Francisco Bay, the Marin Headlands, the city of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, or the Pacific Ocean are evident at almost every turn as one walks along. These parts of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area also offer many natural and historic features.
We will start at Crissy Field Center and follow the Coastal Trail to Baker Beach, China Beach, Lands End, Ocean Beach, and Sutro Heights Park. This 8.5 mile moderately strenuous hike will pass many historical and natural highlights along the way. We will return from the Ocean Beach area by bus.
Details posted at: San Francisco: North by Northwest H?
- Julio M.
San Francisco: North by Northwest, Oct. 30 (Sat.)
Destination: San Francisco: North by Northwest
Date: Oct. 30, 2010 (Saturday)
Total length of hike: About 8.5 miles
Total elevation gain: About 500 feet
Crissy Field URL: http://www.crissyfield.org
Driving distance/time: 50 miles / 1h hour approx. each way
Cost: Free parking, plus mileage ($30/car), plus $2 for Muni bus
NOTE: The hike organizer will ask for a voluntary donation of 1-2 dollars at the end of the hike to help cover Meetup?s charge for creating his Meetup group.
Organizer: Julio M. (contact info below)
RAIN CANCELS.... In case of doubt, call my cell phone # (listed below) after 9 PM on the night before the hike. I will leave an outgoing message with any notices about hike cancellation due to weather.
Meet: 9:30 am at the California Avenue Caltrain Station, 101 S. California Ave.,
Palo Alto (meet in the middle of the parking lot in front of the
underpass that goes to northbound train platform) to carpool
10:45 am at front of Temporary Crissy Field Center, San Francisco
Estimated finish time: 4:30 PM (back at Crissy Field)
Optional Dinner Afterwards in San Francisco
bring: lunch, sunscreen, plenty of water, coat (in case it is windy and foggy), all the usual stuff.
Crissy Field and the Presidio are part of arguably the most unique and stunning urban park in the U.S. if not the world. Spectacular views of San Francisco Bay, the Marin Headlands, the city of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, or the Pacific Ocean are evident at almost every turn as one walks along the shore of San Francisco Bay. These parts of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area also offer many natural and historic features. The Coastal Trail provides great views of the Pacific Ocean and the Golden Gate Bridge and includes opportunities to visit some historic structures and several beaches. October generally offers the finest weather in San Francisco.
We will begin our hike at the Temporary Crissy Field Center from which we will walk westward along the shore of SF Bay to the Golden Gate Bridge. We will then take the Coastal Trail southward to Baker Beach, passing by some historic structures along the way. Next we will walk through the Seacliff Neighborhood-- one of the nicest in SF-- and take a detour to China Beach. El Camino Del Mar will then take us further through this neighborhood to the Lands End Trail ( a continuation of the Coastal Trail).
Lands End Trail takes us through Lincoln Park and past some lovely coastal views. This trail will lead us to the ruins of the famous Sutro Baths -- large public baths from a previous era --- and down to the famous Cliff House and Ocean Beach. We will then end our hike by going up to Sutro Heights Park where we will admire the views of the Pacific. A short walk to the east side of this park drops us off at the Muni bus stop for the 38 bus which will take us most of the way back to our starting point. After exiting the bus, we will walk north on Lyon Street to our starting point. For those interested in dinner we will stop at the fine neighborhood pub/ eatery known as Liverpool Lil?s on Lyon Street.
DIRECTIONS to Crissy Field Center from Palo Alto:
- Take the I-280 NORTH ramp towards SAN FRANCISCO
- Take 19th AVENUE EXIT from I-280 in SF (only possibility is northward)
- Stay on 19th AVENUE going north
- When you reach Golden Gate Park, 19th AVENUE transitions to PARK-
PRESIDIO AVENUE (to make sure you make this transition correctly, get in
the rightmost lane after you arrive at Golden Gate Park)
- Continue northward on PARK-PRESIDIO
NOTE: Due to seismic work on Doyle Drive-- the elevated structure connecting the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marina District-- we will need to head toward the Golden Gate Bridge and then go under Doyle Drive to head south on Doyle Drive.
- PARK-PRESIDIO will take you to NORTHBOUND DOYLE DRIVE which takes you toward the Golden Gate Bridge.
- Take the FIRST EXIT ON RIGHT into the Golden Gate Bridge Toll Plaza parking lot.
- Take the FIRST LEFT WHICH WILL TAKE YOU TOWARD THE PARKING LOT and into a TUNNEL THAT GOES UNDER DOYLE DRIVE
- After the tunnel, take a LEFT ONTO CRANSTON ROAD.
- Going straight on Cranston Road takes you to the on-ramp to get back onto DOYLE DRIVE heading SOUTH/ EAST.
- You will then be on Doyle Drive. Go to the leftmost lane and take the
MARINA BLVD. EXIT, which will put you on MARINA BLVD heading
- Your next goal is to arrange to travel WEST on MARINA BLVD. (Try either
making a right turn onto a sidestreet and then looping back to Marina Blvd or
make a left turn into one of the parking lots on Marina Green and then loop
back to Marina Blvd)
- When you are HEADING WEST on MARINA BLVD, you will encounter a
stoplight where you can veer right to get off Marina Blvd and
head into the Presidio/ Crissy Field.
- You are now on MASON STREET and the EAST BEACH PARKING LOT
and CRISSY FIELD CENTER will be to your right right after entering the
Presidio/ Crissy Field gate (after the line of eucalyptus trees).
- Take the right turn to go to the parking lot where you will park
- Meet in front of Crissy Field Center
For those with GPS Systems, the address of the Temporary Crissy Field Center is:
Temporary Crissy Field Center:
1199 East Beach, Presidio
San Francisco, CA 94129
jamzemail (at) gmail (dot) com
On the day of the hike only: 650(dash)906(dash)2594
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