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:
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.