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

Now open for RSVPs. Free walk. This is the 3rd 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. Please buy something if you use their restroom. 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:

http://www.meetup.com/Free-Parks-for-Everyone-Rollback-Park-Privatization/

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

http://keeparboretumfree.org/

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:
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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  • Michael O.

    Great walk Howard as always.

    April 20, 2014

  • Virginia

    Very well organized and appreciate that Howard kept group together and didn't leave anyone behind. Thank you and looking forward to the next walk.

    April 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kudos to Howard S. for the excellent trek, and to those who posted the fantastic photos!

    April 20, 2014

  • Sharon E J.

    GREAT day!!! Thank you Howard. Very well planned.

    April 20, 2014

  • Karen

    Great ramble through the city.

    1 · April 20, 2014

  • Fatemeh

    Thanks Howard, this walk was a great and fun experience :)

    April 19, 2014

  • gary

    Great walk today Howard. I am a native SF, am glad you took us to parts few have seen. Great sights with even greater company of people! :) Thanks fellow walkers .

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • Howard S.

    At Grand View Park I got a request for us to visit a restroom so I took us to J. P. Murphy Recreation Center where we usually don't go on our way back. Therefor, we arrived about 10 minutes late at our endpoint. The weather was nice, mainly sunshine, but ending with a pleasant cool fog.

    April 19, 2014

  • Priscilla

    Most excellent! Howard is always an experienced and organized guide and making sure no one gets left behind. Thanks to have rejoined a walk with you. Great scenery and folks! Hope to catch another walk in the future! :-)

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • Hugo

    Not too many words just another amazing organized by Howard, Great walk, new discoveries and just an amazing group of very friendly and interesting people of all walks and kinds of life. Thank you very much Howard!!!!!

    April 19, 2014

  • Bobby G

    This was great. We saw some beautiful, but hidden neighborhoods. It was a strenuous climb up lots of stairs, completely worth it for the panoramic views and peeks into locations I never knew existed.

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • Brandi

    Hi everyone, trying to catch up with you guys can you tell me where you are?

    April 19, 2014

  • Chris

    I had to cancel due to another 11 AM appointment. Maybe I can catch up at lunch in GG park.

    April 18, 2014

    • Howard S.

      It is not certain where we will be at any time, but my guess is we will arrive at the Music Concourse around 12:45 PM to eat our sack lunches.

      April 18, 2014

    • Chris

      Thanks for your guesstimate, Howard!

      April 18, 2014

  • Barbara S

    We are "maybe" for this event.

    April 18, 2014

  • TED T.

    See ya next time

    April 18, 2014

  • TED T.

    I hate to miss my first walk with the group. I am getting over the flu and can't find the energy to go. Also..don't want to spread all this fun.

    April 18, 2014

  • Alyssa A.

    I met one of the women who helped designed the staircase when I went back to the town I used to live in in Florida!

    April 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for the info. Turns out, I can drive my car. I have a place to park.

      April 14, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry to cancell my first walk. I will be docenting at Ardenwood Farm on that day

      April 18, 2014

  • Virginia

    About how long is this walk, both miles and time?

    April 13, 2014

    • Howard S.

      We are having a different walk in 2 weeks. I guess we won't be doing this newly improved 2 Mosaic Stairways walks for many months because this is the 3rd time we are doing this walk in 3 months.

      April 16, 2014

    • Lisa L.

      Thank you, it's even better, I am not very good with stairways :) Hope to see you all soon, Lisa

      April 16, 2014

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