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Central City Vistas- 3 parks with incredible views

  • Jun 8, 2014 · 10:00 AM
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Near the middle of the city are 3 wonderful parks with breathtaking views- all within City Steppers walking distance of each other.

We'll meet at the corner of Waller Street and Buena Vista West at the entrance to Buena Vista park, near the children's playground. (For GPS purposes, the nearest address is 901 Buena Vista West. It is across the street from the rear of the Walden House)This was San Francisco's first park, and was designed by John McLaren. We zig and zag , taking the switchbacks and sidepaths up to the summit, passing several vista points along the way. 

We'll exit at Upper Terrace, and follow it up to the stairway to Mount Olympus. This small hillside open space, known for its obelisk, offers a view in every direction. We'll take back Alley Way to the down stairs of Monument Way, which take us to 17th. We follow 17th to Roosevelt.

Roosevelt will take us to the third park on our walk, Corona Heights (bathrooms). Once known as The Secret Park, it was designed as a "place in the city where people could spend the day in the country." This park, with it's craggy peaks and rocky outcrops, has a narrow path to the crown and is the most difficult part of of our walk.

We'll exit the back of Corona Heights Park, and take Beaver Street to the Peixotto Playground, which cuts through to 15th Street (dogs are not allowed in this playground, so you may have to go around). 15th leads us to Buena Vista Terrace, where we'll pass the historic Delano House on our way back to Buena Vista Park.
We take the back walkway through the park to Buena Vista West, where we'll pass the Spreckel's house on our return to our starting point.

This walk has a few up and several down stairways, plus paved and unpaved paths in the park. We have more down staircases than up, but it does have a few strenuous stretches. We walk at a steady but moderate pace, resting when needed (and to enjoy the views). It should take at least 2 to 2 and a half hours to complete. There is only one bathroom break, about 3/4 of the way through.

Parking is neighbourhood and not limited (except on Haight Street, which is metered), but can be difficult. Public transportation is plentiful. The #6 (Quintara) and #71 (Noriega) land on the corner of Haight and Buena Vista West (Central Avenue). Bus #43 (Masonic) and #37 (Corbett) are two blocks away on Haight Street and Masonic. #24 (Divasadero) and #33 (Stanyan) are a 5-7 minute walk. We start and end near the Haight Ashbury neighborhood, where shopping and dining are readily available.

ATTENDANCE POLICY--

No showing and late cancelling (considered the same as a no show) prevents people on the waiting list from joining us. Don't do it. City Steppers who no-show will be removed from the group without warning. Review our attendance policy here.

DOGGIE GUEST RULES--

Well-behaved dogs are welcome on this walk. See our doggie guest rules here.

LIABILITY & SAFETY--

You are responsible for your own safety on all City Steps walks. Your yes RSVP confirms that you have read and agree to our Liability Waiver Here and have reviewed our Safety Tips Here.


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  • Simon T.

    Forgot to say sorry to the ladies I lost at the street fair. I was too busy playing with my camera, turned around and couldn't see you in the crowds. :-)

    1 · June 9, 2014

  • Simon T.

    Thank you Elizabeth. Another enjoyable walk. You do such a great job of these. Enjoyed meeting a few more steppers and already looking forward to the next.

    1 · June 9, 2014

  • Caitlin

    I mentioned to a few people that a slideshow is out of Normandy on D-Day and today. Here's the link for those that are interested: http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures/slideshow?articleId=USRTR3R6RH#a=1

    June 8, 2014

    • Elizabeth

      Thank you for sharing this. It's fascinating to think of the history there.

      June 8, 2014

  • T. Caroline K.

    beautiful day & what a group!

    1 · June 8, 2014

  • Stacey N.

    It was a nice walk...not too strenuous and not too leisurely with the added bonus of meeting a lot of great people.

    1 · June 8, 2014

    • Elizabeth

      It was nice to meet you. Glad you enjoyed the walk, and hope to see you again soon.

      June 8, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Thanks, everyone, for joining us today. I hope everyone had a great time on the walk, saw some outstanding views and met some wonderful people. How was the fair afterward?

    BTW- I'm going to TRY to get to the Adah Bakalinsky stairway clean-up next Sunday. I'll let you know what I find out about future plans.

    1 · June 8, 2014

  • Patrick

    hi guys. I won't be able to make it; a back injury is still keeping me inactive. 'Hope to go on the next hike.

    June 7, 2014

    • Elizabeth

      feel better. we hope to see you soon.

      June 7, 2014

  • Natalie

    Elizabeth, Sorry to cancel, intimidated by the fair and my ability to get there on time! See you next time.

    June 7, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Oh- Heads up. I just realized the Haight Street Fair is that day! Parking will be impossible, and some buses will be re-routed.

    May 25, 2014

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