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The 7 Scenic Neighborhoods Walk (South of West Portal)

Now open for RSVPs. Previous forecast of warm/hot weather is wrong, forecast now is for a high of 73F. Anyone may quit the walk at the half-way point, Glen Park, and leave on BART. The first half of this walk is easy, the second half is much harder because it goes up Diamond Heights. The only cost is $3 cash for the walk, but never at the starting point. Kids free. 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. We will visit the newly improved Glen Park Recreation Center. 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 time at our end point, the 24th Street BART Station, is 4:15 PM.

We will have plenty of restrooms stops, and will see lots of good things such as mansions, great views, parks and mini-parks. This part of SF has everything except tourists.

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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  • Howard S.

    We reached our endpoint right on time, 4:15 PM. The only unusual thing was that the place where we always took our group photo, the giant fountain in St. Francis Wood, was being renovated and giving off toxic fumes. So instead we took it at the Sunnyside Recreation Center. The weather bureau was way off. On Thursday they said the high would be 81 F, and on Saturday morning they changed it to 73 F.

    August 3, 2014

  • Neil

    Howard, another sweet walk. I saw a part of San Francisco that I have never previously viewed. Thanks!

    1 · August 2, 2014

  • Hugo

    Howard, It was a great walk to new places, great views and an amazing group of very nice people.

    2 · August 2, 2014

  • Mimi

    I'm running 10mn late after 11:10. Hope to catch you guys before you leave Starbucks!

    August 2, 2014

  • Howard S.

    Carpooling in Meetup is much more dangerous than it looks. To new members especially it looks like everybody knows everybody in Meetup when the reality is the opposite. Both, the organizers & do not know who the members are. 80% of my members have not shown up to even one of my events. Members post fake photos, fake names, fake everything. Meetup is just as dangerous as Craigs List where people were robbed, raped & murdered. The only difference is Craigs List is bigger.

    August 1, 2014

    • Laura

      Thanks for the response! That's helpful to know. I've had my eye on your group for some time and keep wanting to join you for one of those scenic walks but the long drive to get there is a consideration. I'll see if I can get a friend to join and we'll come down together. Have a good one today!

      August 2, 2014

  • Laura

    Anyone else from the North Bay want to carpool? I live in Petaluma.

    August 1, 2014

  • Evelyn T.

    Thank you for the link and info regarding pinpoint forecasts for specific neighborhoods. Could have used it yesterday. ;-)

    July 31, 2014

  • Denis B.

    I was surprised by the 81 deg prediction for Saturday. I use the NOAA/NWS site which I think is the best one and got this result,

    The page gives pinpoint forecasts for specific neighborhoods if you enter the zip code in the search box. I entered 94127 for west portal.

    Sorry I will not be on this hike but I did it last time.

    1 · July 31, 2014

    • Howard S.

      I get the weather report from the "SF Chronicle." The latest report from them takes the temperature down. Here it is. "Clear. Fog early. High of 77F. Breezy. Winds from the WSW at 10 to 20 mph." Also, our walk will not even touch the area in the map. Also, we will be walking a long distance going through many different areas.

      July 31, 2014

  • Evelyn T.

    Can take K, L or M at Embarcadero to West Portal & walk a block to Starbucks on right side.

    July 29, 2014

    • Ken B.

      Thanks a lot!

      July 29, 2014

  • Ken B.

    Coming into city via BART. Is there a Muni station nearby?

    July 29, 2014

  • judith OSheanna L.

    Brand new to very curious about everything..this seems to have it all. Just doing first part.

    July 28, 2014

  • Peter

    Anticipate going for the first part of the walk.

    July 27, 2014

  • Phyllis

    Looking forward to my first walk with this group!

    July 24, 2014

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