We Watch the Blue Angels on Our Tank Hill Walk

  • October 6, 2012 · 12:30 PM
  • Starbucks

Now open for RSVPs. We delay the starting time for this walk to 12:30 PM so we can watch the Blue Angels flying display after 3:00 PM from the top of Tank Hill, which at an altitude of 650' and being little known to the public will give us perhaps the best place to watch the air show.

We meet at a Starbucks right next to the Civic Center BART Station. Little known Tank Hill has such spectacular views that it rivals the much higher Twin Peaks. Attendees may eat before we start, during our walk, or after our walk. When we did this walk last year at least 85 people were in our group, our biggest ever turnout.

At 12:40 PM we will leave the Starbucks to use the restrooms in the SF Main Library. About 12:55 PM we will start walking West. We will walk on Hayes Street to Alamo Square which has the famous photo view of Victorian houses with a skyscraper background. On Hayes Street we will see an historic building that was in a great 1924 classic silent movie "Greed."

Then we walk through the Haight/Ashbury and up to the top of Tank Hill. After the Blue Angels display we will then wall to other good sites such as the Pemberton Steps, Kite Hill, and the Clarke Mansion.

When we go down Kite Hill we will encounter some popular big concrete slides. We then walk through the Mission visiting another hill or two and finish at the 16th Street BART Station at 5:40 PM. This walk starts and ends next to a BART station.

If you have any questions about how to get around the Bay Area on public transportation below is a trip planner link provided by government: http://transit.511.org/

Below are links about the old building we will pass where part of the classic 1924 Erich von Stroheim movie "Greed" was filmed:

http://www.gildasattic.com/Greed.html

http://www.gildasattic.com/pix.html

Below some of us on Tank Hill watching air show, Oct. 9th, 2010.

Below photo was taken at the top of Tank Hill.

Below photo was taken at the top of Tank Hill of the Blue Angels.

Below photo was taken at the top of Tank Hill.

Photo below of Alamo Square which is fairly early on our walk.

Below group photo of some of us on top of Tank Hill in 2008.

Below some of us on top of Tank Hill enjoying the view in 2008.

Below is a view on Tank Hill to the North/West.

Below, Erich von Stroheim, director of "Greed" and other movies.

Below (Oct. 9, 2010) we walk towards the Pemberton Steps.

Below, several in our group go down Kite Hill on concrete slides.

Below, another view of the concrete slides that are on this walk.

Below, the Alfred E. Clarke Mansion which is on this walk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below is another photo of this lovely walk.

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  • Regina W.

    I got here about an hour early, so I'm wearing all white (yes, even after Labor Day). I'm sitting at the end nursing a coffee drink. There seem to be others here, but a backpack and hat doesn't necessarily mean they're here to meet us. ;)

    October 6, 2012

    • E. S.

      Hi Regina - I was the lady who thought I recognized a fellow meet-up hiker in Starbucks (when I smiled at you). It was so nice to meet you later on and get acquainted during our walk. I appreciated your offer of a snack!

      October 7, 2012

  • Howard S.

    It went well. We had a record breaking turnout, near one hundred attendees, and many of them went wild on the slides. I accidentally stepped with my right foot into a hole filled with water. Luckily I was not injured. The route's last restroom stop closed just minutes before we arrived. We arrived at our endpoint only ten minutes late despite having so many people.

    October 7, 2012

  • Susanna

    Thanks for organizing the walk. Really enjoyed myself & met some great people!!

    October 7, 2012

  • Heather B.

    It was chilly at the top of tank hill.., but I have never seen a prettier view Of the whole city..

    October 6, 2012

  • Regina W.

    Wow! I had so much fun! Thanks for doing this and showing me another great place from which to see the Blue Angels fly. :)

    October 6, 2012

  • Catherine H.

    I have just boarded Caltrain. Not sure if I will make it to the Civic Center in time.

    October 6, 2012

  • Howard S.

    We walk very slow. The only way to find out if one can do it is by trying. Anyone may leave the walk without penalty. Just bring a map of SF and if you need to leave you can find your way out.

    October 5, 2012

    • Heather B.

      Howard where is the start from Montgomery street bart?

      October 5, 2012

    • Howard S.

      One should get off at the Civic Center BART & not the Montgomery Street BART. It is a fairly long walk from Montgomery Street BART plus it is a walk through a neighborhood that has gone way down in the last 2 years. That area of Market Street East of the Civic Center is now a very bad area. I do not recommend walking there.

      October 5, 2012

  • Frieda Marie C.

    I would really love to take the walk, however, I'm just starting to walk, distance doesn't concern me, but the hills do. I'm wondering if I'll be able to keep up. Right now, I'm on the fence with this one. I'd just love to see the Blue Angels. Where is Tank Hill?

    October 4, 2012

    • Nora

      Was the same as you when I started walking with the group. I have only been to two walks. The first was Twin Peaks, second was March to the Sea. I later was told these were the hardest. I found Twin Peaks to be a bit challenging but I did fine. I say the group walks at enough pace for a good workout. With a group that large your speed kind of depends on which section you are in. The front walkers tend to be faster. The middle section is moderate and the end of a bit slower. At the Twin Peaks walk I often dropped back to the end when we climbed hills. And then you have the folks that hang back just to take extra pics. Howard knows when to stop to let the other half of the group catch up so we all continue to walk together.

      October 4, 2012

  • Howard S.

    This walk is easier than the Twin Peaks walk, but still somewhat difficult with a few hills for us to climb. This walk is slightly harder than average for my walks because of the hills, but is of average length, 5 to 6 miles. The walk starts out easy as the slope is tiny at first then the slope slowly increases as we walk towards Tank Hill, altitude 650', becoming more difficult. People may leave the walk at any time without penalty. Different people have different opinions as to what is difficult. We will be away from the really big crowds watching the Blue Angels who will be found in the Marina area.

    October 4, 2012

  • olive o.

    Dear Howard,

    We're super excited about seeing the Blue Angels. But due to traffic forecasts we'll be taking public transit ie. more walking/lugging heavy packs. Can you give us a ballpark mileage and/or difficulty rating for this walk, compared to Twin Peaks? Thanks :)

    October 4, 2012

  • Howard S.

    The hills we will be walking up are NOT like Twin Peaks and the winds on Twin Peaks. The winds on Twin Peaks are the strongest winds in SF and that is because it has 922' altitude with no trees to block wind. The only hill in SF higher than Twin Peaks is Mount Davidson and it is covered with trees that block wind. Tank Hill is the highest spot we will be on during this walk & it has only 650' altitude and there are other hills much higher nearby that block wind. Before we walk up Twin Peaks I always warn the whole group about the very high winds up at the top. Tank Hill can have some winds sometimes but the winds there are much weaker than on Twin Peaks.

    October 2, 2012

  • Ching

    I love to go, but these hills are like Twin Peaks with heavy wind?

    October 1, 2012

  • 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 & Meetup.com 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.

    September 24, 2012

    • Laura M

      Good point Howard!

      September 24, 2012

  • Laura M

    I'm driving from Roseville, so anyone in the Sacramento area that want's to carpool - let me know. I have one passenger and room for 2 more.

    September 24, 2012

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