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Please note: these current postings are designed to be undertaken on your own, whenever is convenient for you. The dates are there purely to keep the Meetup forms happy - I have been pushing these back month-by-month, and since we seem to be in this for the long haul, I have now pushed them a way ahead.

Remembering the cue sheets from the Crosstown Trail, I thought I would share routes from previous roams in case you need some inspiration to take a hike for yourself. Using openstreetmap.org (https://www.openstreetmap.org/#map=13/37.7682/-122.4597&layers=C) will help show many of the details better than the mainstream maps.

As featured in the SF Chronicle (http://www.sfchronicle.com/culture/article/It-only-took-the-coronavirus-pandemic-for-15208229.php)!

These roams are offered by donation; they are one way I try to be able to afford to continue living in San Francisco as a zen priest!

Upcoming events (5)

A Social Distancing Roam on Russian Hill

900 Beach St

Please note: these current postings are designed to be undertaken on your own, whenever is convenient for you. We are not allowed to roam freely en masse these days, but we are allowed to get exercise. The dates are there purely to keep the Meetup forms happy. I have created a Google doc with all the details below, and a route map and some photos (since I find it really hard to upload them to this site), if that is easier for you to use: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1c2BdeVpcNpY191IYhyfQD0dOlXKDId8igjFhLX_UT1o/edit?usp=sharing This one is not as long as some of the other routes, but it is all up and down, so think of it as an urban stairmaster workout, with better views: Start at the Maritime Museum. Enjoy a moment by the water. Look for Dolphin Club swimmers. There is a bathroom in Ghirardelli Square, but it may not be open. If not, there may be one open at the Museum, but there aren't really any others en route. From Beach St, walk up Larkin St two blocks to Bay. Cross Bay and climb the staircase alongside the open space that is being turned into a park. You can read up on the history of water supply in 19th C San Francisco: http://opensfhistory.org/news/2020/02/29/spring-valley-water-a-closer-look/ Continue straight up the hill until you get to Lombard St. Cross and enter the park. Go up the stairs. Find a place to sit where you can see the bridge. Take one of the paths to the south end of the park, and turn left onto Greenwich St. Cross Hyde St, then continue down the steps, enjoying the flowers. Turn right on Leavenworth St and walk uphill. After crossing Filbert, look out for Havens St on the right. It is a dead end, but it is a nice quiet spot (and I think there's a little bench there). Back on Leavenworth, cross Union. On the opposite side of the street to Havens St, look for Macondray Lane. Enjoy the lane, especially the second block, once you have crossed Jones. Take in the views of the bay. At the bottom of the stairs, turn right on Taylor - more uphill! At the top, turn left into Ina Coolbrith Park. Check out her history: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ina_Coolbrith Find a place to sit where you can enjoy the views and the sound of church bells. Start the return leg by climbing the steps of Vallejo St across from the park (mind the traffic crossing Taylor). Check out the historical plaque at the top. At the end of the next block (after Russian Hill itself), turn right onto Jones St. Walk down two blocks, past Macondray Lane. Cross Union turn right on the far side. Look for the Marion Place sign a few buildings along, and follow the path down. One side of the path continues to a little stepped garden. Sit and enjoy possible the most secluded place in the old city. Go down to the bottom and turn right along the alley. Turn left on Taylor at the end. Cross Filbert and turn left on Valparaiso. Turn right at the first alley. Turn left at Greenwich, then right on Jones. Unless you have a particular desire to walk up Lombard St (though this may be the best time to do it), continue to Chestnut St, and turn left at the Art Institute. At Leavenworth, turn left to enter Fay Park, just past the house on the corner. If there are roses blooming, enjoy those. Leaving the park, turn right on Leavenworth, then keep to the left when the road splits to two levels. At the end of the houses, look for the sidewalk going up to your left. When you reach Hyde St, turn right down by the park, and hope that it opens soon. At Bay, your starting point is two blocks along and two blocks down, so pick any combination to arrive. Take another moment to enjoy the waterfront.

A Social Distancing Roam Along The Edge Of America

Java Beach Cafe

Please note: these current postings are designed to be undertaken on your own, whenever is convenient for you. We are not allowed to roam freely en masse these days, but we are allowed to get exercise. The dates are there purely to keep the Meetup forms happy. I have also created a Google Doc with the details and some photos if that is easier for you to use: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1h2Y6AiHExAhWYep-0HT3sV41y9cfkYzblFj0s-uCVWU/edit?usp=sharing Here's another route we have done a few times. It's great for fresh air, mostly flat, with a lot of sand and some gravel. It shouldn't take the whole three hours unless you really take your time, and sit longer. Start in front of Java Beach Cafe, right where the N Judah terminates. There are some small benches in the strip between La Playa and Great Highway to stop and take in the ocean air. There is also a bathroom here. Cross Great Highway at the light and walk onto the beach. Turn right, towards the Cliff House, and walk along. Dip your toes in the water if you dare, and look for sand dollars at the waterline. As you approach the Cliff House, and the beach starts to narrow, look for the stairs to take you back to the roadway. If the tide is exceptionally low, you may be able to walk around on the sand, but this is very rare, and don't take the chance on the tides. Walk uphill on the sidewalk towards the Cliff House. You can walk between the Cliff House and the ocean, by the camera obscura, and then rejoin the sidewalk. When you reach the National Parks Service Land's End Lookout, turn left. There are bathrooms here, normally. Walk along the pedestrian path past the Lookout, with the parked cars on your right, until you see the steps down to the Sutro Baths. Take the steps down, and find a place you feel comfortable sitting at. Climb back up the steps and return to the sidewalk by the Lookout building. Walk downhill a few yards to cross Point Lobos Avenue at the crosswalk - beware of fast-moving cars here. Take the path through the parking lot, then look for the stairs up on the right. At the upper level, look to the raised area to the right, and find the steps that take you up to the top. Enjoy the view of the beach and Great Highway stretching out below you. Take the steps to the next level down, walk along the edge of the flat area, with the beach and highway to your right. Continue walking a few yards until you see a small trail down through the trees. (If you reach 48th Ave and the houses, you have gone too far.) Take the sandy trail down through the trees and then across the open dunes. Take care on the uneven surfaces and steps. You should reach the bottom right where a pedestrian crossing crosses Balboa. Cross here, and continue down La Playa, which will take you straight back to your starting point. Go past the stores, the bus terminus and the Safeway. Cross Fulton at the lights, and continue on the dirt path. This crosses under JFK drive. Since the tulips are blooming at the Queen Wilhemina garden by the windmill, just to the left of where you are, you might want to get up onto JFK to see those and sit there. Return to La Playa, and continue south. This takes you behind the beach chalet (which has public bathrooms), and alongside the football fields (that's the kind of football played with the feet!) When you come out at MLK drive, you can also make a few yards' detour to see the other windmill, which will be on your left. Cross Lincoln at the four-way stop with MLK and La Playa, at the gas station. You can go right half a block to take the multi-use trail alongside Great Highway, or continue two blocks along La Playa to return to your starting point.

A Social Distancing Roam Around The Hills

Duboce Park

Please note: these current postings are designed to be undertaken on your own, whenever is convenient for you. We are not allowed to roam freely en masse these days, but we are allowed to get exercise. The dates are there purely to keep the Meetup forms happy. This route is one we took for the second ever roam a few years ago, and have repeated since: Start in Duboce Park. Sit by the little tree on a slight rise, adjacent to the N-Judah stop. Cross Duboce at the intersection with Noe. Walk down Noe to 14th St. Pause in the planters if you like. Turn right, and walk up 14th St to Castro. Cross Castro at the lights, and turn left, along the wall of McKinley Elementary School. Turn right on Henry. Walk up the block and climb the stairs at the end. Continue up Roosevelt Way a few yards (check out the beautiful gardens). Turn left at Buena Vista Terrace, a few yards long. Turn left at 15th St and look for the path next to the tennis courts. (NEW - see comment below!) Walk up the path with the courts on your left, and follow the signs to the summit. Take care on the path, and listen out for red-tailed hawks. When you emerge in the open space, you can turn either left or right to find stairs that take you to the top of Corona Heights. Enjoy the view. Looking south from the summit rocks, look for the steps down to the left (the downtown direction). Take the steps all way the down, below the Randall Museum, to the tennis courts. With the courts on your left and the rock face on your right, walk towards the community garden beds and the dog run area. You can sit on a little bench between the fig and lime tree, behind the basketball court, swing on the swings, or use the bathroom (it's the only one on the route!!) From the bathroom, follow the roadway down to States St. Cross at the pedestrian crossing. Turn right, and in a few feet, look for the stairs leading down away from the street on your left. At the bottom of the stairs, turn immediately right to get into Ord Court. Walk to Ord St, then look across the street for the bottom of the Vulcan Steps. Admire the garden there. Enjoy the pretty cottages on the way up the steps. At the top, turn left on Levant St. Pet the madrone tree on the sidewalk. Turn right onto Lower Terrace. At the top, turn left onto Roosevelt Way. At the intersection with 17th St, turn right and walk up 17th St. Before you get to Clayton at the top of the hill, look for the stairs on the right. Take the stairs, enjoy the view of the ocean, and continue uphill on the road until you get to the top of Mount Olympus. Congratulate yourself on going somewhere few people go. Sit on the statue plinth, and look up the history! At the far end, look for the Bay Ridge Trail signpost, which will guide you down a staircase to Upper Terrace. At the bottom, turn left. Follow Upper Terrace across two intersections, until you come to Buena Vista Park. Cross the road, and take the pathway leading to the left into the park. Look for the first wooden stairs leading up to the right, follow those to the sandy summit (there is a big fallen tree when you get to the top). Continue to the next part of the summit, a little patch of grass. Sit. Ponder that the name of the park is less appropriate now that the trees are so tall. Go down the stony steps. Keep descending through the park in the same direction, though there are many adjacent staircases you can take. Let yourself meander. Aim for the tennis courts at the east end of the park. Come out on Buena Vista Ave, and aim for the tall 1930s apartment block (between Duboce and Haight). On the uphill side of the block, take Adah's Stairway and enjoy the new plantings. Continue downhill on Waller St. Take great care using the pedestrian crossing at Castro/Divisadero! After crossing, turn right on Castro, then left on Lloyd. Cross Scott, and enjoy the labyrinth! Walk uphill on Scott, and before the Harvey Milk Center, take the drive that brings you back to Duboce Park!

A Social Distancing Roam In The Presidio

Mountain Lake Park

Please note: these current postings are designed to be undertaken on your own, whenever is convenient for you. We are not allowed to roam freely en masse these days, but we are allowed to get exercise. The dates are there purely to keep the Meetup forms happy. This one retraces the steps of the very first roam, back in the spring of 2016! We have done most parts of it in other combinations since - except for the sand ladder, which a few participants found pretty challenging (there is a way to avoid that if you prefer). The description of the route turned out to be too long for the box here, so it can be found, with some photos, on this Google Doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UP5YVAWBu8EUA0w3FUUdzzNSVaZ_7ZjrFKGFfS7Ceqg/edit?usp=sharing

Past events (49)

A Social Distancing Roam on Russian Hill

Maritime Museum

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