What we're about

See legal disclaimer at bottom of text. EVERYONE MAY NOW JOIN THE GROUP EXCEPT THOSE FEW WHO WERE BANNED. Walking or hiking. Meet other local people who are interested in walking or hiking for fitness and learning about San Francisco's history, including its movie history. This walking group is unique. It is primarily a health group with a dash of history talk for flavor. It is for people in average physical shape who need restroom stops and not for athletes or people with serious medical conditions.

We keep our group together. We go on many different urban walks, in the best areas, that vary greatly in amounts of climbing and history facts. We walk at a leisurely pace and enjoy the scenery. Sometimes at a walk's end we have an optional dinner together at a fine restaurant, usually Indian, reasonably priced.

Our walks are usually 5 to 7 miles and might be called urban hiking. Our routes are well planned with good restroom stops properly spaced. We avoid stinky port-a-potties. Though we mainly walk in SF we also walk in Oakland, Piedmont, Sausalito, Berkeley & Alameda.

We always take roll and if more than 20 attendees we give all a name tag. Attendance is usually unlimited and has ranged from 1 to 112 on July 5th, 2015. Kids and cameras very welcome. Dogs and other pets are not welcome. Also, smoking is not allowed on the walks as this is a health group. Occasionally we visit science and nature places. 99 out of every 100 doctors say "JOIN THIS GROUP!"

NEWS: We had more rain locally in the past few months than in decades which hampered our walks.

Our "group photo" was taken May 26th, 2018 at our "Berkeley Rose Garden & Cragmont Rock Park Walk."

Click on "Photos" near the top of the screen to see over 17,000 photos of our walks thanks to scores of our members. Click on "Pages" to see more on this group and there click links to a short "History of San Francisco Made Simple," and also to the movies made on location in SF.

See how healthy your favorite SF restaurants are by clicking on the link below:

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Here is a great web site about old movies filmed on location in SF: http://reelsf.com/

Some legal disclaimers: By joining us for any event you hereby RELEASE and DISCHARGE it's organizers, hosts and participants from any and all liability, claims, demands or causes of action that you now have, or may have in the future, for injuries, damages, death and/or economic loss of any kind or nature, arising in whole or in part out of the activities, advice or information contained herein. You further agree that if you or someone under your supervision uses the information on this website you assume all risks of injury, damage, and economic loss, without limitation, and release providers from all liability therefore. It is advisable to consult a doctor before you begin any strenuous physical activity. The organizer is not trained for emergency medical procedures and no doctors, nurses or ambulances are provided on the walks.

Upcoming events (3)

Oakland Rose Garden & Lakeshore Neighborhood's Pathways/Stairs Walk

Now open for RSVPs. The only cost is $3 cash per adult. Kids free. We will meet at 10:30 AM in front of a cafe called Tierra Mia Coffee, on the corner of Broadway & 20th Street, so people on BART should go to the 19th Street BART Station and then they should exit at the 20th Street exit and our starting point is right across the street. One may bring a sack lunch or buy one at Tierra Mia Coffee or later at Whole Foods Market. It would be good if our attendees buy drinks or something at our starting point &/or give tips so they will like us. Below is a link to Tierra Mia Coffee: http://tierramiacoffee.com/Oakland_Uptown_Broadway.html At 10:40 AM we walk to the giant Whole Foods Market. We plan to eat lunch about Noon at Oakland's Morcom Rose Garden. I encourage people to take BART or other public transportation so they can go to our starting point in relative safety. Everyone should bring water, paper towels and a map. Kids and cameras are very welcome. Dogs and other pets are not welcome. After Whole Foods Market we will walk to the Morcom Rose Garden to eat our sack lunches because it is the only location big enough for our group to eat lunch. Therefor, we are forced to eat an early lunch at about Noon. Those who can't eat lunch that early may eat their lunches about 1:30 PM at our next restroom stop, the Davie Memorial Stadium (if they eat quickly). It is a tennis stadium inside of a natural bowl of ground and plants This walk's pathways and stairways range from passable to good. One of the concrete stairways has moved over the decades & to be safe I removed it from our walk which also puts another stairway out of our way so I cut that one too. After the Morcom Rose Garden we will walk through 14 hidden pathways and stairs to and inside Oakland's Lakeshore Neighborhood. My other Meetup group "Oakland Pathways Volunteers" has greatly improved 3 stairways & pathways in the neighborhood & in the past 5 years City Hall has renovated some of the formerly bad stairways on this walk. This is one of our hardest walks, about 7.5 miles, & goes up and down a lot. Expected return time about 5:00 PM. Two days before a walk I usually e-mail all a weather report. Our ending point is the 19th Street BART Station. Some legal disclaimers: By joining us for any event you hereby RELEASE and DISCHARGE it's organizers, hosts and participants from any and all liability, claims, demands or causes of action that you now have, or may have in the future, for injuries, damages, death and/or economic loss of any kind or nature, arising in whole or in part out of the activities, advice or information contained herein. You further agree that if you or someone under your supervision uses the information on this website you assume all risks of injury, damage, and economic loss, without limitation, and release providers from all liability therefore. It is advisable to consult a doctor before you begin any strenuous physical activity. The organizer is not trained for emergency medical procedures and no doctors, nurses or ambulances are provided on the walks. Below is one of the Lakeshore stairways/pathways we will walk on. Below is one of the Lakeshore stairways/pathways we will walk on. Below is one of the Lakeshore stairways/pathways we will walk on. Photo taken early Nov. 2011 and then some unknown person(s) removed most of the growth seen below and made this pathway passable. Then it grew back & we cut it back down. Below is one of the Lakeshore stairways/pathways we will walk on. It has been greatly improved. Below is one of the Lakeshore pathways/stairways we will walk on. This stairway with 100 steps helps show how hard this walk is. Below is one of the Lakeshore pathways/stairways we will walk on. I found this stairway that is not in the most authoritative list. Below is a part of the Davie Memorial Stadium. Below spot in the stadium can serve for our group photo. Below is a very narrow pathway on our route. Below is a lovely garden in front of a big house.

Bernal Heights Walk via 2 BART Stations

Muddy's Coffee House

Now open for RSVPs. The only cost is $3 cash per adult. This walk is like our "Mount Olympus + 4 More Walk" in that it goes to a scenic part of SF that not many people ever visit. Again we boldly go where no tourist has ever gone. Also, this is a fairly tough walk with 18 stairways. We will gather at 1 PM in front of Muddy's Coffee House near the corner of Valencia & 24th Street which is close to SF's 24th Street BART Station in the Mission District. There is one tiny restroom inside of Muddy's Coffee House and also the Mission District Branch Library which is half way between the 24th Street BART Station and Muddy's. Attendees should eat their lunch before this walk as we will not stop for lunch. At 1:10 PM we will walk from Muddy's to St. Lukes Hospital, at the corner of Valencia & Cesar Chavez Street, as our big restroom stop. Then we will walk around Bernal Heights in a clockwise direction. Then we walk up to the top of Bernal Hill. Then we walk quickly down to the Bernal Heights Branch Library. Then we walk back half way up Bernal Hill. Then we walk down garden stairways including one equipped with a giant slide. We then continue through garden stairways and mini parks to the Holly Park. Then we walk South/West to the Glen Park Library which will be our endpoint which is less than one block from the BART station. Estimated ending time: 5:00 PM. For public transportation below is a link to a trip planner: https://511.org/ Some legal disclaimers: By joining us for any event you hereby RELEASE and DISCHARGE it's organizers, hosts and participants from any and all liability, claims, demands or causes of action that you now have, or may have in the future, for injuries, damages, death and/or economic loss of any kind or nature, arising in whole or in part out of the activities, advice or information contained herein. You further agree that if you or someone under your supervision uses the information on this website you assume all risks of injury, damage, and economic loss, without limitation, and release providers from all liability therefore. It is advisable to consult a doctor before you begin any strenuous physical activity. The organizer is not trained for emergency medical procedures and no doctors, nurses or ambulances are provided on the walks. All photos below are in the order that we will visit on the route. Below we approach a hidden great view spot. Below is the great view spot looking towards downtown. Below is looking West towards Sutro Tower & Buena Vista. Below a 3x zoom view showing downtown & SF General Hosp. Below is one of the lovely garden stairways on our route. Below is one of the lovely community gardens on our route. Below view is from top of Bernal Heights Hill, altitude 433'. Below this 2nd view from the top shows Potrero Hill. Below this 3rd view from the top looks towards the South East. Below is a view looking down the big slide.

The Top of Twin Peaks & Noe Valley Walk

Glen Park Branch Library

We are doing this walk again even though we did it July 20, 2019, because before then we had not done it in about 3 years. Also, because it is so popular, with 49 attendees last time, despite some fog. Let's hope for perfect clear skies & no wind. We meet at 1:00 PM in front of the Glen Park Library which is less than one block from the Glen Park BART Station. The only cost is $3 per adult & kids free. This walk goes to what is popularly known as the best view spot in SF. Twin Peaks is up over 900 feet high and gives views in every direction. The only bad thing up there is that the winds sometimes are very strong. At 1:15 PM we will start walking through Glen Park and then up one of the best stairways in SF, the Harry Street Steps. Then we walk to the Diamond Heights Center for a restroom stop. Then to the top of Twin Peaks. At an elevation of 922' it is widely believed to have SF's best views. We won't have much time for the views because of a lack of restrooms on/near Twin Peaks. Then we walk down many stairways & then East on 23rd Street through Noe Valley. Then we will turn right at Noe & walk to 24th Street to use the restrooms at the Starbucks & the Whole Foods. Then straight down 24th Street to the 24th Street BART Station. Estimated end time: 5:15 PM. This walk used to be longer & ended with an optional dinner. Now it is shorter with no dinner. Walking up & down this hill which is almost as high as a mountain will be hard enough. See legal disclaimer statement below: Some legal disclaimers: By joining us for any event you hereby RELEASE and DISCHARGE it's organizers, hosts and participants from any and all liability, claims, demands or causes of action that you now have, or may have in the future, for injuries, damages, death and/or economic loss of any kind or nature, arising in whole or in part out of the activities, advice or information contained herein. You further agree that if you or someone under your supervision uses the information on this website you assume all risks of injury, damage, and economic loss, without limitation, and release providers from all liability therefore. It is advisable to consult a doctor before you begin any strenuous physical activity. The organizer is not trained for emergency medical procedures and no doctors, nurses or ambulances are provided on the walks. All photos above are all shown in the correct order of this walk's route. Photo is of Laidley St. on the way to the Harry St. Steps. Photo of pink flowers at the bottom of the Harry Street Steps. Photo is a view of the bottom of the Harry Street Steps. Photo, just before we climb Twin Peaks. Photo of our group walking up Twin Peaks, 8/28/10. Photo is a view to the South East when walking up Twin Peaks. Photo is a view from the parking area top of Twin Peaks. Photo is our group on this walk, 6/11/11, in Noe Valley. Photo is a view of downtown SF from Liberty Street. Photo is a view of one of several mansions on Liberty Street. Photo of some of our group in Aslam's Rasoi, 2010.

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The Top of Twin Peaks & Noe Valley Walk

Glen Park Branch Library

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