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A Walk Around the Mosaic Stairway (North of West Portal)

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:

http://www.meetup.com/walking-in-SF/pages/Mosaic_Stairway_Walk/

http://keeparboretumfree.org/

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. The distance is 6 miles or less, and we will likely get back to our starting point by 4:15 PM.

For all questions about public transportation in the Bay Area click on below (trip planner) link:
http://transit.511.or...

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.


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  • Sherry B.

    YOU'RE INVITED to a grand opening celebration of the Hidden Garden Steps mosaic on Sat., Dec. 7 from 12-4 pm. We'll have a block party (closed to traffic) on 16th Avenue between Judah and Kirkham in SF's Inner Sunset:

    12:00-2:00 pm Bring a dish or drinks and share a potluck meal

    1:00-1:30 pm Ribbon cutting ceremony and bubble blowing (BYOBubbles)

    1:30-2:30 pm A fire engine from Station 22 visits (Climb on it!)

    2:00-3:00 pm Musical program and sing-along

    Plus:

    - Cookies and drinks at the upper Steps, 16th Avenue at Lawton

    - An electric car shuttle between lower and upper Steps sites for those who can’t climb, courtesy of the Golden Gate Electric Vehicle Association

    - 2 pm "Hoop-la at the Steps" flash mob (BYOHula hoop) - A "Little Free Library" for a day -- take a book or leave a book

    And other surprises!

    MUNI's westbound N Judah streetcar stops at 16th Avenue; walk one block uphill.

    Hope to see you there. Find more info about the Steps at www.hiddengardensteps.org

    December 2, 2013

  • Howard S.

    We reached the endpoint at 4:23 PM. I should have made us walk faster to get us in earlier. Will do that next time.

    May 25, 2013

  • Sherry B.

    There's ONE DAY LEFT to help finish the new Hidden Garden Steps mosaic on the 16th Avenue steps that you saw on the walk. We've got until the end of Wednesday to reach our funding goal to include a tribute to firefighters in the mosaic. We're close! If 53 more people pledged $20 or if 7 more people pledged $150 for a tile with your choice or words on it, we'd make it. If we don't reach our goal, nothing happens.

    What wording shall we put on the tiles honoring firefighters? Give us your opinions in this brief poll. (You don't have to be a donor to take the poll): http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/an-artistic-thanks-to-firefighters?c=activity

    You'll also see a new video there with author and former firefighter Caroline Paul.

    And if you can help get us over the finish line, please pledge at: http://igg.me/at/firefightersteps

    Thanks, everyone! It was great to see you on the Steps!

    Sherry
    for the Hidden Garden Steps committee

    May 21, 2013

  • Rella

    So sorry I missed this walk, dealing with a pinched nerve...next time.

    May 20, 2013

  • Livia E.

    Forest Hill is a lovely neighborhood. The stairs were beautiful, and it was a lovely day. Howard always does a good job.

    May 20, 2013

  • Linda L.

    Howard is a great leader, the Mosaic Stairway is beautiful. Didn't know it existed. The other stairways were good exercise and had fabulous views.

    May 18, 2013

  • Maureen

    Had some leg cramps this AM and don;t want to hold the group up - *so* sorry to miss this! Next time.

    May 18, 2013

  • Patty M

    Can't make today

    May 18, 2013

  • Patty M

    Sorry I'm not attending today but look forward to some walks with you on the future.

    May 18, 2013

  • Mark W.

    Going out of town!!! Will get to one of these very soon!!! Thank you, Howard!!!

    May 17, 2013

  • sandra

    It doesn't look like my injured toe is well enough to go tomorrow :(

    May 17, 2013

  • marjie

    gotta work. arghhh!

    May 15, 2013

  • Lawrence

    conflict,,next time!

    May 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Howard, how long is this hike Howard and the approximate elevation? Thanks Howard.

    May 14, 2013

    • Howard S.

      The distance is 6 miles or less, and we will likely get back to our starting point by 4:15 PM. The event description above says we go to the top of Grand View Park, altitude 666 feet.

      May 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wow! I have been getting the email notifications for these comments. I can't believe some of the questions. Just to be fair to Howard...please read his Meetup information completely. I went on 5 walks with this group last year. Howard always gives the most complete information regarding start/stop time, meeting/ending location, elevation, difficulty of walk(flat or hills), and even other things I didn't consider! He will even send weather notifications ahead of time if required. So please try to look at ALL the information above first before asking questions. Howard does provide other good info like specific public transportation issues, good restaurants, etc. Looking forward to this walk and meeting new friends. Cheers!

    1 · May 14, 2013

  • Rani G.

    How can i go back after the walk?Are we return to the same spot we started?I am new to SF so I dont want to get lost.

    May 13, 2013

    • Howard S.

      We go back to our starting area. Also, everyone should bring a map incase they get separated from the group.

      May 13, 2013

  • Rella

    I normally do an 8 am aerobic class, I'm going to try to do both. Boy, will I have a great afternoon nap...lol. How long are the walks in duration?

    May 9, 2013

    • Howard S.

      All the information is in the event description above. We probably won't get back until after 4 PM.

      May 12, 2013

  • Mary Jane J.

    new to SF. looking forward to meeting-up.

    May 12, 2013

  • Татьяна К.

    i join

    May 9, 2013

  • Anita S.

    I can't join you at 11:00 but maybe I can pick up the group along the way, what streets do you take?

    May 4, 2013

    • Howard S.

      We will stop for a break at the J P Murphy Playground.

      May 5, 2013

  • Sherry B.

    Neighbors of another nearby staircase are working with the same artists who did the Moraga Street mosaic to create the Hidden Garden Steps mosaic (which I think you will climb on this walk). If you are inspired, please help us dedicate a portion of the new mosaic to honor firefighters. See our Indiegogo campaign: http://igg.me/at/firefightersteps As a bonus, the next 12 people who pledge $20 or more also will get the 2013 consumer guide, "Charged Up! The Definitive Guide to Electric Vehicles."

    April 29, 2013

    • Howard S.

      We will go up the Hidden Garden Steps on this Mosaic Stairway Walk. I hope we will meet the Hidden Garden Steps representatives.

      May 1, 2013

  • sandra

    May bring a guest

    April 28, 2013

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