The Twin Peaks/Noe Valley Walk

  • July 7, 2012 · 1:00 PM
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Now open for RSVPs. We meet at 1:00 PM in front of the Glen Park Library which is less than one block from the Glen Park BART Station. We will have no lunch stop on this walk so I advise eating lunch before the walk. At 1:15 PM we will start walking through Glen Park and then up one of the best stairways in SF, the Harry Street Steps. Then we walk to the Diamond Heights Center for a restroom stop.

Then to the top of Twin Peaks. At an elevation of 922' it is widely believed to have SF's best views. Unfortunately, we won't have much time for the views because of a lack of restrooms on/near Twin Peaks.

Then we walk to Noe Valley and Castro Heights. We will see the street where part of the 1948 classic movie "I Remember Mama" was filmed. We will have good restroom stops and many stairways on our route to our endpoint: the 24th Street BART Station at 5:30 PM.

We will not be having dinner at Aslam's Rasoi as we did on the past walks because their ratings with the SF Health Department have fallen.

All photos below are all shown in the correct order of this walk's route. Below is on Laidley St. on the way to the Harry St. Steps.

Below are pink flowers at the bottom of the Harry Street Steps.

Below is a view of the bottom of the Harry Street Steps.

Below, just before we climb Twin Peaks, I am counting the number of people who plan to join us for dinner at Aslam's Rasoi.

Below is our group walking up Twin Peaks, 8/28/10.

Below is a view to the South East when walking up Twin Peaks.

Below is a view from the parking area top of Twin Peaks.

Below is our group on this walk, 6/11/11, in Noe Valley.

Below is a view of downtown SF from Liberty Street.

Below is a view of one of several mansions on Liberty Street.

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  • Court

    Great day all around. Good, clear weather made for wonderful views, Howard kept us on track and many interesting people. I'm a lifelong bay area resident and discovered new parts of SF!

    July 10, 2012

  • Matthew P.

    I just completed the Twin Peaks walk and had a fantastic time. I met great people. I viewed the beautiful City from vantage points that I wouldn't have been exposed to otherwise. I got exercise. Howard does a wonderful job. I'll not make the next two jaunts, but I plan to join up for the Nob Hill walk.

    July 10, 2012

  • John

    I agree with Tim. Howard, you do a great job of putting these walks/hikes together. You put so much organization into them, it's unbelievable! Before the hikes, not only do you give "big group warnings" when appropriate, but you also give us the weather forecast. - If people can't/don't read your communications, it's "their problem", not yours or the group's. Those who want to complain, despite your warnings, perhaps should merely stay home...of course, you're too nice to suggest that.

    July 8, 2012

  • Howard S.

    I gave a "big group warning" about this walk so people who would complain about this particular walk having too many people would not show up. We have had many walks with much smaller numbers. Our next walk now has less than 30 "Yes" RSVPs & on average only half of the "Yes" RSVPs show up. According to my records "DivNam" has never shown up to any of my walks. I would like to correct my records if "DivNam" attended this walk or any other walk. I could charge more money to get fewer people.

    July 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Howard, I love hiking with your large groups, and I also like the social aspects of your group. When I do the Bay to Breakers, I don't want to slow down to smell the roses - when I hike with your group, I get the chance to exercise AND smell the roses.

    July 8, 2012

  • Timothy

    I can see why DivNam and Lois feel as they do, but Howard, I heartily encourage you to keep on hosting these meetups in whatever way suits you best. The day you tire of fielding criticisms and complaints is the day your 4,700 group members get to look for an organizer a fraction as reliable and conscientious as you have been.

    July 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I agree with DivNam. Great day out but was a little too slow and time consuming breaks.

    July 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Howard thanks for organizing this, it was great. Just a suggestion if I may, you should try not to have more then 30-40 ppl in the group. else the pace becomes too slow, and much longer breaks. IMHO

    July 8, 2012

  • David K.

    It was a very nice outing. I met wonderful people and enjoyed myself. I recommend this form of exercise.
    David

    July 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    A wonderful walk. Somewhat strenuous but worth the effort. Howard did a great job organizing and planning. Will definitely attend other walks with this group.

    July 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good walk, fantastic views and great company.

    July 8, 2012

  • Linda L.

    It was excellent. Great views, interesting sights, friendly people!

    Linda

    July 8, 2012

  • Howard S.

    This may be our hardest walk and everyone who made it to the top of Twin Peaks should be proud of themselves for burning so many calories. Despite having the most people ever on this walk, 59, we reached our endpoint only eleven minutes late.

    July 8, 2012

  • Lisa P.

    Great walk. It's one of my favorites.

    July 8, 2012

  • Bill

    Great time with a really fun bunch of folks.

    July 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful . . . delightful . . . insightful . . . challenging - thank you Howard!

    July 7, 2012

  • Sara

    Thanks Howard! This hike was definitely a favorite!!

    July 7, 2012

  • Maureen

    This was my first walk and I loved it - the city sights and views were just beautiful, all the stairways were fantastic, and the people are super. Great afternoon.

    July 7, 2012

  • Frank D

    A wonderful walk, as always. Thank you so much, Howard!

    July 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you very much, Howard. We enjoyed it a lot and really appreciated the work you did to plan this walk. We saw parts of San Fran we would never have visited on our own. Looking forward to the next walk.

    July 7, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you, that was wonderful! Great host, others on the walk were very friendly and the weather was perfect, thanks again, Howard.

    July 7, 2012

  • Timothy

    Another great walk, Howard! Thank you.

    July 7, 2012

  • Howard S.

    Hi Bill, We are meeting in front of the Glen Park Branch Library. That branch opens at 1 PM so we get to use their restrooms and there will probably also be some people there not for our walk, but waiting to use that branch library.

    July 7, 2012

  • Bill

    The directions map doesn't seem to go to the right start location when I hit the link. Are we meeting at the library?

    July 7, 2012

  • Renee

    Hi Howard - thanks for organizing and keeping the fee so affordable so everyone can attend, and attend often!

    1 · July 6, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Howard is a wonderful leader and should get the $2 to help pay for the website, etc.

    Susan

    July 5, 2012

  • Howard S.

    I should also mention that my walks are not random walks. They are carefully composed to give the best views, visit historic places and the best flowers when they are in bloom. I make sure that we visit the best restrooms, properly spaced. I have so many different walks that they are timed for the months when they are the best. For example, during the rainy season we cut the walks back to half & do our "5 Free Museums Walk." During December I turn into Santa Claus & lead us on free X-mas walks.

    July 5, 2012

  • Howard S.

    The $2 is to pay me back for paying for the web site plus my expenses and a partial compensation for my time & work. I put as much work & time into my walks as a part time job. I have never not shown up to any of my 232 walks. Commercial walking groups charge as much as $45 to $50 per person per walk. Even non profit groups are charging $15 per person. You might find a free walking group but you also might find that they are not so good such as only showing up about half the time.

    July 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    as a new member of this group, I was wondering what the $2.00 covers?

    July 5, 2012

  • Howard S.

    Everyone should bring a map of SF so as to be able to leave the group for any expected or unexpected reason.

    July 5, 2012

  • Howard S.

    Hi Julie, Though I think this is a very hard walk I also think that someone in average physical condition can do this walk. We will walk up slowly as I am a slow walker. The first time we did this walk 8/28/10 we had 2 kids in the group & I believe the ages were 4 & 5 who were among the first ones to reach the top. You can actually see them as little dots on the top of the photo above here that has the date 8/28/10. Little kids as young as 5 or 4 can really show us up going uphill.

    July 5, 2012

  • Julie

    Hi. I was wondering what level of fitness do you think a person needs to be for this hike?? I'm just getting back into walking/hiking and dont want to slow everyone down, but the views look so tempting!

    July 5, 2012

  • Howard S.

    No. It is NOT OK to bring a dog. No dogs or other pets allowed. Read this group's description.

    July 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Would it be OK to take my dog?

    July 2, 2012

  • Howard S.

    We will have no lunch stop on this walk so I advise eating lunch before the walk. Thanks for the question Dale. I see that I should have mentioned that above in the event description & I am now putting this information up there.

    July 2, 2012

  • Dale

    Howard, should we pack a lunch, or just eat beforehand?

    July 2, 2012

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