A Walk Around the 2 Mosaic Stairways (North of West Portal)

Now open for RSVPs. Free walk. This is the 2nd time we do this walk since it was improved by the opening of the new "Hidden Garden Steps" giving us 2 Mosaic Stairways instead of one. This is one of our most popular walks and it is our 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, or M 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. So we are forced to eat our lunches in another part of the G. G. Park. I will 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 "Hidden Gardens Steps" and the "Mosaic Stairway," the only 2 in the City and decorated by hundreds of neighbors. They are the most inspirational thing I ever saw. An ordinary neighborhood got together and did something world spectacular! Maybe every community can together do something spectacular. Then up to the top of Grand View Park, elevation 666', to see incredible views. Then we walk South taking a different route back through Forest Hill to our starting point. Hopefully arriving 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.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks a lot for organizing this walk, Howard! I’ve had a great time!!

    March 23, 2014

  • Summit

    Terrific weather. Even better company! Had fun chatting with other participants on the walk and sharing life experiences. Howard. You are a role model.
    A sincere thank you.

    Thanks for all the compliments on my sneakers. Love. Life!

    March 23, 2014

    • Summit

      * Thanks to those who complimented me on my sneakers.

      March 23, 2014

  • Mary Kaye T.

    Loved it. Really fun. Great people. Great weather. Great knowledge by Howard. Great workout! Great challenge! Can't beat it for a Happy Saturday!

    March 23, 2014

  • Mary Kaye T.

    Hey, Howard.... another great & really fun walk. Scenic, and hard enough to be a challenge that I am proud to say "I did"...... stronger for it :-) ! Really, really interesting route & really, really nice people, as usual. Thanks for so much fun! Really good day! :-)

    March 23, 2014

  • Yen t.

    Thank you Howard. We had such a great time.

    March 22, 2014

  • Nadia

    so sad, I couldn't make it, hope next time

    March 22, 2014

  • Howard S.

    We got back to our starting point at 3:45 PM, 15 minutes early, with wonderful weather.

    2 · March 22, 2014

  • Cris M.

    Beautiful walk, challenging and beautiful stairs, good weather, and great company! Thanks Howard!

    March 22, 2014

  • John Byrne B.

    My first time. Wonderful walk. Gorgeous day. Good people. Thank you Howard.

    March 22, 2014

  • Diane

    Great walk! Thanks, Howard

    March 22, 2014

  • Teresa S

    Great walk on a beautiful day. Thanks for much Howard!

    March 22, 2014

  • Natasha R.

    My second time on the 2 Mosaic Stairways. I would do 3rd time without any hesitations!

    March 22, 2014

  • Helen

    Sorry to have missed this. Got news my brother had brain surgery yesterday and I was glued to my phone all morning. All seems to be good and will try to make another walk.

    March 22, 2014

  • Detlef E.

    I was looking forward to this very much, but then a work-related issue came up. I could not make it, but I will try again. Next time it will work, I am sure

    March 22, 2014

  • cat

    Won't be able to make it : (

    March 22, 2014

  • Nancy

    Unfortunately I cannot make the 22nd, but I hope to attend the next one. Looks great!

    March 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will try to make it by 11am, sounds fun!

    March 14, 2014

  • Elizabeth D.

    Looking forward to this walk!

    March 3, 2014

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