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The 7 Scenic Neighborhoods Walk (South of West Portal)

Now open for RSVPs. Anyone may quit the walk at the half-way point, Glen Park, and leave on BART. The only cost is $3 cash per adult for the walk, but never at the starting point. Kids free. The first half of this walk is easy, the second half is much harder because it goes up Diamond Heights. We meet in front of a Starbucks with 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.

One should bring a sack lunch or buy one at our starting point. At 11:10 AM we will start walking East on Vicente Street towards St. Francis Wood which bends South and becomes Santa Clara Ave. We will continue on Santa Clara Avenue and then turn right on Monterey Boulevard. Then we visit the 2 big fountains. After exploring St. Francis Wood we will walk through Monterey Heights.

We plan to eat our sack lunches at the Sunnyside Recreation Center and then walk to the Sunnyside Conservatory. Then we walk to Glen Park. The walk is easy up to this point, and attendees who want may leave early by the Glen Park BART Station. Then the group walks up Diamond Heights. Then we walk down Noe Valley, and end in the Mission neighborhood. I estimate the distance is 6 miles or less. Estimated arrival at our end point, the 24th Street BART Station, is 4:15 PM.

If you have any questions about how to get around the Bay Area on public transportation below is a trip planner link:

I discourage people from driving and parking in SF. If one has to drive to this event one can park for free during the weekends on the street in the nearby St. Francis Wood neighborhood.

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Photo of the smaller of the 2 fountains in St. Francis Wood.

Photo (12/05/09) of the front of the Sunnyside Conservatory.

Photo below taken in St. Francis Wood, Bruce of Mill Valley correctly identified the flowers for us as Blue Bells.

Photo below taken along our route by Lisa Palomar.

Photo of purple flowers, Spanish Lavender, St. Francis Wood.

Photo below looking back from steps going up Diamond Heights.

Photo below on steps in Diamond Heights.

Photo of some of the many blue flowers starting to bloom in April.

Photo below on our route in Monterey Heights.

Photo below in Diamond Heights/Noe Valley. Joanne in Greenbrae correctly identified the plant with blue flowers as Tower of Jewels.

Photo below of a flower garden on our route in Sunnyside.

Photo below taken in a mini park on our route in Sunnyside.

Photo below taken on the way up Diamond Heights.

Photo below at a park on Diamond Heights.

Photo below from park on Diamond Heights.

Photo below from park on Diamond Heights showing some of our group enjoying the view including Shaye Larkin, a bankruptcy lawyer & regular guest on Len Tillem's radio show.

Photo below from park on Diamond Heights.

Photo walking near Diamond Heights.

Photo below on Monterey Heights.

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  • Daphne

    What a wonderful leisurely stroll through very special part of our city! I will definitely be back for more. I always meet such interesting people on meetup hikes. Thank you, Howard!

    May 26, 2014

  • Teresa S

    Great walk. As always Howard takes us to wonderful, interesting places.

    May 18, 2014

    • Danni

      Hi Teresa, the workout summary in photo is very nice. Which app are you using?

      1 · May 18, 2014

    • Teresa S

      Endomundo - I find it very useful.

      May 20, 2014

  • Natasha R.

    Another beautiful walk with "knowing-all-places" Howard. Thanks a lot, Howard! The only addition to it would make me and few other members totally happy is to have a little map of walk of where we gonna be prior to beginning of walk just to be able to know exactly where we are at each moment and better memorize our precious walks. I hope Howard will find a smart solution to this little problem!

    1 · May 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Howard for another wonderfully organized hike.

    May 17, 2014

  • Sarah P.

    Very nice walk through West Portal. Beautiful homes, lovely vistas, and great company!

    May 17, 2014

  • Howard S.

    We reached our endpoint at 4:40 PM, 25 minutes late. We had high winds and a big group of at least 63. I know that by printing out our group photo and counting the people and adding myself, the photographer, to get 63, but only 62 put their names on the clipboards.

    May 17, 2014

  • Nina

    Very good but too much waiting around time. I do appreciate all the work Howard puts into planning these walks.

    May 17, 2014

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