The Tank Hill Walk (Starting Near the Civic Center BART Station)

  • September 7, 2013 · 11:00 AM
  • Starbucks

Now open for RSVPs. We meet at a Starbucks right next to the Civic Center BART Station. Little known Tank Hill has such spectacular views of San Francisco that it rivals even the much higher Twin Peaks. We will have an outdoor lunch break so attendees should either bring a lunch or buy one at our starting point.

At 11:10 AM we will leave the Starbucks to use the restrooms in the SF Main Library. About 11:25 AM we will start walking West on Grove. We will walk on Hayes Street to Alamo Square which has the famous photo view of Victorian houses with a skyscraper background. Before we reach Alamo Square we will see on the North West corner of Hayes and Laguna an historic building that was in a great 1924 classic silent movie "Greed." It is about the only structure left existing from the career of legendary movie director Erich von Stroheim.

Then we walk through the Haight-Ashbury and up to the top of Tank Hill to eat our sack lunches while enjoying one of the greatest views in SF. Then we will walk down the long Pemberton Steps, walk up Kite Hill, sliding down a concrete slide will be optional, and then see the Clarke Mansion. We then walk through the Mission visiting another hill or two and finish at the 16th Street BART Station about 4:00 PM.

If you have any questions about how to get around the Bay Area on public transportation here is a trip planner link provided by government:  http://transit.511.org/

Below are links about the old building we will pass where part of the classic 1924 Erich von Stroheim movie "Greed" was filmed:

http://www.gildasattic.com/Greed.html

http://www.gildasattic.com/pix.html

Below photo was taken at the top of Tank Hill.

Photo below of Alamo Square which is fairly early on our walk.

Below group photo of some of us on top of Tank Hill in 2008.

Below some of us on top of Tank Hill enjoying the view in 2008.

Below is a view on Tank Hill to the North/West.

Below, Erich von Stroheim, director of "Greed" and other movies, was a man over-the-top even in his own lifetime.

Below, our group (Oct. 9, 2010) walking to the Pemberton Steps.

Below, several in our group go down one hill on concrete slides.

Below, another view of the concrete slides that are on this walk.

Below, the Alfred E. Clarke Mansion which is on our Tank Hill walk.

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  • Jennifer

    Super fun slides, great walk. Great to meet everyone -- Denise, John, David and all (forgot some names there) See you again. Thanks.

    September 9, 2013

  • Mimi

    Beautiful day, had a great time. Thank you Howard!

    September 9, 2013

  • paula b.

    hot and humid and uphill walk...lots of fun, friendly group of assorted people, beautiful views. i got a much better sense of locations in the city by walking. thanks!

    September 8, 2013

  • Thomas C.

    Unfortunately I was unable to make this walk due to a scheduling conflict. I am looking forward to the walk on Sept.14th!

    September 8, 2013

  • Denise C

    Great walk. My guest and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Beautiful views, nice gradual elevation up hills and fantastic weather. The people I met were great too.

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • Mary Jane J.

    So fun and energetic. Good weather, conversation, views. Very happy!

    2 · September 7, 2013

  • Margaret L

    This was my first walk with this group. It was great. I hope to be able to do other walks in the future.

    September 7, 2013

  • Ellen

    really great walk and nice people who joined :)

    September 7, 2013

  • Nancy D.

    Spectacular views

    September 7, 2013

  • Mary Jane J.

    Great walk. Good company, once again. Thank you, Howard, Steve and Justin.

    September 7, 2013

  • L-Z

    Had to cancel at 1105

    September 7, 2013

  • Carol J

    Unfortunately, I won't be able to come on Saturday. It's supposed to be beautiful weather. Have fun!

    September 5, 2013

  • Steven M.

    Greetings :-) and a beautiful day scheduled w/ T -46 hours as the weather forecast this Saturday for our outing is going to be very warm & sunny with scattered clouds & a visibility of 30 miles . Highs to be 76F, humidity 64%, winds North @ 5-10 mph & the UV index 8 (very high). Please drink water, stay hydrated, dress accordingly & some might need sunscreen... warmly yours, Steven Mashin

    September 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Class, again. :(

    August 28, 2013

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