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The Mount Olympus + 4 More Walk (Starting Near the 16th Street BART Station)

Open for RSVPs now. Formerly called the "5 Hills Walk" it takes us to the most hidden and the least known good places in SF. One should bring a sack lunch. We meet near the 16th Street BART Station at El Cafetazo, a cafe that comes highly recommended by the SF Public Health Department, but does not fix sandwiches or other lunches. $2 cash per adult & kids free.

We plan to start walking at 11:10 AM up 16th Street. We will turn left to take a look at Mission Dolores. Then we continue up 16th to the FREE Randall Junior Museum, and then over Corona Heights. Then we walk through the lovely Ashbury Heights neighborhood and up to the top of Mount Olympus where we plan to eat our sack lunches. Then we will walk to facilities close to the U. C. Medical Center on Parnassus for a restroom and drink stop.

Then we walk on Mount Sutro and close to the Sutro Tower on Clarendon Heights. Then we walk to the top of Tank Hill with views that rival those of the much higher Twin Peaks. Then we visit the lovely Vulcan stairway garden. Then we go back to the Randall Junior Museum for our last restroom break, before we walk to our endpoint, the underground Castro Street Muni Station. The walk should end at 4:00 PM. Our starting point is not far away.

Even most native San Franciscans are ignorant of this area of SF, around Mount Olympus. It has the same things that the famous part of the city has: hills with spectacular views, many stairways, beautiful gardens with flowers, and even a hidden forest. However, it does not have tourists. One neighborhood we will visit has some unusual street names such as Uranus, Saturn and Mars, along with a stairway garden named Vulcan. Did a Star Trek fan name these places? We boldly go where no tourist has ever gone.

If you don't know how to get to this starting point or any place else by public transportation below is a trip planner link provided by government:

Below is a photo of some of us at the top of Corona Heights.

Photo below circa 1927 of the monument on top of Mt. Olympus.

Below is a photo taken at the top of Tank Hill, altitude 650'.

Below is a small view of the Vulcan Steps, a stairway garden.

Photo below taken in a super hidden quiet spot by Barry Lefsky.

Photo below shows our group on this walk in a super hidden spot.

Photo below shows our group as we walk up Mount Olympus.

Photo below taken at the Vulcan Steps.

Photo below taken at the Vulcan Steps.

Below are two of our group on Corona Heights (5/1/10)



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  • Davis

    Great event. Thanks, Howard!

    June 6, 2012

  • marsha e.

    The walk was interesting and the company pleasant. I enjoyed it.

    June 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike, wonderful scenery, and good conversations. Many thanks to Howard for organizing and leading this walk.

    June 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Exciting and adventurous hike through some of San Francisco's hidden stairways and byways.

    June 3, 2012

  • Howard S.

    We lost some time because the restrooms on the 5th floor of one building were locked. However, despite the lost time we reached our endpoint 10 minutes early.

    June 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    great hike with historical info. numerous photo opportunities.

    June 2, 2012

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