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The glitzy tiled steps of Moraga Street get all the attention but real stair steppers know that several of San Francisco's most interesting (and challenging) staircases lie west of Twin Peaks. Now there is even a second tiled staircase in the area. We'll go up both of them.
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We'll go up both tiled steps and also tackle several of their noble, if slightly less glamorous, neighbors. We'll pass through scenic Golden Gate Heights Park and the streets of Forest Hill (http://www.foresthill-sf.org/association/FHA-history.html) with its Bernard Maybeck inspired homes and landscaping. All along the way there are remarkable views of the ocean, GG Bridge and downtown SF.
What to expect: The stairs come fast and furious at the start of this walk. If you've been meaning to start an exercise program but haven't gotten around to it yet then this is not the place to start. If you have been hiking, biking or working out then this should be a fun way to get away from the gym for a day. The pace will be leisurely; we'll stop to enjoy the views but there are a lot of steps. There will be two staircases that aren't even pictured here, and one of them is really long (205 steps), even by our standards. .
There is a good bathroom at the starting point and a scary one at the end in the Forest Hill Muni Station, with nothing in between.
We're meeting in Andronico's parking lot which is behind the supermarket off of Funston (the map link above has the location nailed perfectly (https://maps.google.com/maps?q=1200+Irving+Street,+San+Francisco,+CA)). The N Judah streetcar stops a block away. If you are driving please allow time for parking. It may seem tempting to just use the Andronico lot but their policy is to tow after one hour.
We end the hike 1.5 miles from the starting point (although we walk 2.3 miles to get there). If you're taking Muni this is not a problem because the K, L, M & T streetcars stop at Forest Hill along with the 36, 43 & 44 bus lines. If you are driving you can take the 44 back to Irving & 9th, 5 short blocks from the start. Or you can organize your own walk back, almost entirely downhill.
I'm estimating that we'll get to Forest Hill approximately 3:30-4:00PM. There are two small restaurants at the end point, French (http://www.yelp.com/biz/chouchou-san-francisco#query:chou%20chou%20french%20restaurant) and Chinese (http://www.yelp.com/biz/kathys-chinese-cuisine-san-francisco). Neither one really lends itself to a mass takeover by a bunch of stairclimbers. You'll probably want to eat beforehand or buy something at Andronico's if you happen to be fantastically wealthy. Remember to bring water, sunscreen and $2 if you plan to take the 44 bus back.
Again,about the exertion level, I don't want to scare anyone away because most of you won't even be breathing hard. But if you haven't been active lately then you should sit this one out and come along next time.
Hope to see you there!
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Doggie Guest Rules--
Well-behaved dogs are welcome on this walk. See our doggie guest rules here. (http://www.meetup.com/San-Francisco-City-Steps/pages/Doggie_Guest_Rules/) Please note that Muni (if you need it) has its own pet rules:
"During off peak hours, one pet per Muni vehicle is allowed to ride. Dogs must be leashed and muzzled; all other pets must be carried in a small closed container. Pet owners must pay a fare equal to their own for their pet to ride."
Liability and Safety Tips--
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