Now open for RSVPs. This is one of our most popular walks and it is the most inspirational walk. We meet in front of a Starbucks, that has 2 restrooms, about 1 block West of the West Portal Muni Station, cross street is Vicente. One can take the K, L, M or S lines to reach the station. Remember to either bring a sack lunch or buy one at our starting point. At 11:10 AM or later we will walk.
We will walk through the wonderful Forest Hill neighborhood over many stairways including the giant Pacheco Grand Staircase. For years we ate our sack lunches inside the Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park. On August 7th, 2010, the SF Board of Supervisors started charging $7 for non-residents to enter the Botanical Gardens. On April 12th, 2011, the Supervisors voted to 6 to 5 to keep the fees. WE LOST OUR LONGTIME FREE PICNIC LUNCH SPOT BY JUST ONE VOTE! So we are forced to eat our lunches in another part of Golden Gate Park. Let's work to end the fees in the coming months.
More about the new Botanical Garden fees in the links below:
Then we walk South to and up the Mosaic Stairway, the only one in the City and decorated by over 300 neighbors. It is the most inspirational thing I ever saw. An ordinary neighborhood got together and did something world spectacular! Maybe every USA community can together do something spectacular. Then up to the top of Grand View Park, altitude 666', to see incredible views. Then we walk South taking a different route back through Forest Hill to our starting point. I estimate the walking distance at 6 miles and our ending time at 4:00 PM.
For all questions about public transportation in the Bay Area click on below (trip planner) link:
I try to discourage people from driving to SF, but if you need to drive there is plenty of available free street parking in nearby St. Francis Wood neighborhood during the weekends.
Below is a view of the Mosaic Stairway.
Photo below of part of Botanical Garden near main entrance, where now our group cannot go thanks to the $7 fee.
Photo of our usual lunch break spot near the garden's main entrance, where now our group cannot go thanks to the $7 fee.
Another photo taken inside the Botanical Garden, where now our group cannot go thanks to the $7 fee.
Photos below were taken on this walk's route.
Photos below are of gardens we will see in Forest Hill.