What we're about

We like to do urban hikes mostly on week-end afternoons and sometimes on weekday evenings. Week-end walks usually start at 1 or 2 at a public transportation friendly starting point and end around 5:30ish with a get together afterwards so that we can get to know each other after so many hours of walking. The after hike gathering is optional and non-drinkers are welcome. Some of our walks are dog friendly. Sometimes, we just go on a random urban adventure. We also like movies/films/art and we may schedule some film or art events as well.

About our Walks: We walk at a medium pace. We do lots of hills, hidden staircases and urban trails/dirt paths that you might not expect in the city. We use the SF Staircase Walk book for lots of our ideas. We sometimes venture over to the East Bay and Marin for our hikes. The majority of our walks are point A to B and we don't normally return to the starting point.

Important Information: If you are late for a hike, it is very hard to catch up with us, because we keep moving. We walk at a medium pace. Escorts (also known as sweeps) are not provided, so slower walkers should be completely prepared to finish the hike on their own if they become separated from the group, and they may want to consider bringing a friend to walk with them. We reserve the right to make small changes to the route as needed.

Pedestrian Safety: In 2017, 20 pedestrians were killed on the streets of San Francisco. Do not become a tragic statistic. You are solely responsible for your own safety as walker and it is your sole responsibility to obey all traffic laws. Do not cross against a traffic light just because you are walking with a group! You will need to catch up once the traffic light allows you to proceed.

Liability Disclaimer: The organizers of this meet-up are unpaid volunteers and not expert hiking guides. All participants agree to assume 100% responsibility for their own safety, conduct, health and well-being and recognize that possible hazards exist while participating in outdoor (or any other) activities, and agree to participate solely at their own risk. If you RSVP “Yes” and/or attend any of our events, it shall be conclusively presumed that you understand and agree to this policy.

Signing Up for Events: It is required that you sign up for any event that you attend unless you have permission from the Event Organizer to show up without signing up. If you experience technical difficulty in signing up, please message the Event Organizer.

No Show Policy: No-shows are not appreciated. Chronic no-shows are really not appreciated. If you sign up for an event and find you can no longer attend, please change your RSVP to NO. Chronic no-shows will be disallowed from signing up for future events. Thanks for your understanding.

Important Information: If you are late for a hike, it is very hard to catch up with us, because we keep moving. We walk at a medium pace. Escorts (also known as sweeps) are not provided, so slower walkers should be completely prepared to finish the hike on their own if they become separated from the group, and they may want to consider bringing a friend to walk with them. We reserve the right to make small changes to the route as needed.

Dog Information: If you ask us if you can bring a dog, and we say yes, this just means that we don't mind if you bring your dog. It does not mean that we have scoped out the entire route to see if there are any signs prohibiting dogs. You will need to keep your eyes out for these signs and you may need to reroute and meet us later on the route. You are 100% responsible for any issues or consequences regarding your dog on the hike or event.

ID, and Cash Only Policies, and the After Hike Gathering: Some of the places where we go after our hikes require ID for entry, regardless of your age. Please bring your ID if you plan to attend. Some of the places where we go after our hikes do not accept credit cards. Please bring cash, or be prepared to go in search of an ATM.

We were written up in Sfist. We are #7 on this list of top 10 staycation ideas in the Bay Area:

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Upcoming events (3)

Let's Glow San Francisco Evening Walk

Palace Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Francisco

Let's do an urban walk starting near the downtown Let's Glow lights.
https://www.downtownsf.org/events/letsglowsf/

We meet at 5:45, but leave at 5:55 (grace period). Let’s Glow SF, produced and funded by Downtown SF and made in partnership with A3 Visual, is a free projection mapping event that uses video projection techniques with light and colors to project virtual images from local and international artists onto iconic buildings throughout San Francisco’s Financial District. As the largest holiday projection mapping event in the U.S., this stunning journey of light will feature the works of local and international artists while celebrating the festive winter season in the heart of San Francisco. A striking marriage of art and technology will create a whimsical, COVID-safe event for all with its five-minute shows projected on each building. . Follow on social media with #LetsGlowSF

After viewing the lights we will make our way to North Beach. I am still working on the exact route but we will likely do some hills and stairs. After the walk, we will have our post walk gathering at a commercial parklet in the North Beach area.

Hope to see you there!

Please note: Phone help is not available for latecomers. If you are late it is very hard to catch up with us. We walk at a medium pace. Escorts or sweeps are not provided, so slower walkers should be completely prepared to finish the hike on their own if they become separated from the group, and they may want to consider bringing a friend to walk with them. I reserve the right to make small changes to the route as needed.

Liability Disclaimer: The organizers of this meet-up are unpaid volunteers and not expert hiking guides. All participants agree to assume 100% responsibility for their own safety, conduct, and well-being and recognize that possible hazards exist while participating in outdoor (or any other) activities, and agree to participate solely at their own risk. If you RSVP “Yes” and/or attend any of our events, it shall be conclusively presumed that you understand and agree to this policy.

Toys for Tots: Firehouse to Firehouse Festive Urban Hike

Glen Park Station

Prior to the pandemic we used to have an annual Toys for Tots feast/holiday party at a private home. While we can't do that right now I think I have come up with something that should be fun. This will be a roving firehouse to firehouse urban hike in the Diamond Heights, Noe Valley areas to drop off our toy donations and maybe get to meet a fireperson or persons.

We will also take in the holiday lights! I am hoping to include a visit to the famous Tom and Jerry house! Please wear some festive holiday attire or an ugly holiday sweater. We may even sing some Christmas carols!

This walk requires all participants to donate a toy to the SF Firefighters Toys for Tots program: https://www.sffirefighterstoys.org . All participants must bring an unwrapped toy for a child. Here is a list of toys they need: https://www.sffirefighterstoys.org/donation-suggestions.html

Donation of a toy or toys is the first choice. Second choice is for you to donate by bringing a check payable to San Francisco Firefighters' Toy Program.

Venmo, Zelle etc donations are not accepted for this event. Cash is a last resort and if you choose cash your donation will not be processed until after the event has taken place.

After the walk we will have a gathering outside at a park or public space in the Noe Valley or Mission area, picnic style. We will stop at a store for provisions. Bring a cup or prepare to purchase one.

We meet at 5:45, but leave at 5:55 (grace period). I am still working on the exact route but we will look for some hills and stairs.

Please note: Phone help is not available for latecomers. If you are late it is very hard to catch up with us. We walk at a medium pace. Escorts or sweeps are not provided, so slower walkers should be completely prepared to finish the hike on their own if they become separated from the group, and they may want to consider bringing a friend to walk with them. I reserve the right to make small changes to the route as needed.

Liability Disclaimer: The organizers of this meet-up are unpaid volunteers and not expert hiking guides. All participants agree to assume 100% responsibility for their own safety, conduct, and well-being and recognize that possible hazards exist while participating in outdoor (or any other) activities, and agree to participate solely at their own risk. If you RSVP “Yes” and/or attend any of our events, it shall be conclusively presumed that you understand and agree to this policy.

Annual Downtown Holiday Christmas Display Walk

The Palace Hotel

Let's do our annual holiday Christmas display walk. We will meet at the Palace hotel outside on the sidewalk on the New Montgomery Street side at 5:45 p.m. Between 5:45 and 6 please go in and look at the holiday decor at the Palace Hotel. At 6:00 sharp we will head out to our next destination.

Here is an idea of the approximate places we might try to hit: Palace Hotel, Citicorp Center, Embarcadero Ice Rink, Hyatt Regency, then walk straight up California Street hill, B Of A tree, Ritz Carlton, Union Square, St Francis, Sir Francis Drake Hotel, Huntington Park, and the Fairmont Hotel.

The walk will be mostly fairly short and easy with probably only one big hill (California Street). The after-walk gathering will be in the downtown area. Stay tuned for details.

Rain may cause us to cancel or alter this event.

Please note: Phone help is not available for latecomers. We will do this walk at pace that falls in between slow and moderate to allow time to enjoy the displays and take photos. Escorts or sweeps are not provided, so very slow walkers should be completely prepared to finish the walk on their own if they become separated from the group, and they may want to consider bringing a friend to walk with them. I reserve the right to make small changes to the route as needed.

Liability Disclaimer: The organizers of this meet-up are unpaid volunteers and not expert hiking guides. All participants agree to assume 100% responsibility for their own safety, conduct, and well-being and recognize that possible hazards exist while participating in outdoor (or any other) activities, and agree to participate solely at their own risk. If you RSVP “Yes” and/or attend any of our events, it shall be conclusively presumed that you understand and agree to this policy.

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