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A Walk from the Palace to Fort Mason to Fort Point and Back

  • Oct 19, 2013 · 11:00 AM
  • Palace of Fine Arts

Now open for RSVPs. Perfect weather. Federal Shutdown is over. However, BART STRIKE STARTS FRIDAY. Gary M. will be leading this new and free walk that he composed. We meet at the Palace of Fine Arts on the green grass area at the corner of Baker Street and Bay Street in the Marina District. We will have an outdoor lunch break so attendees should bring a lunch. You also have the option of buying a lunch at the location where we will eat. 

At 11:10 AM we will leave the Palace of Fine Arts and walk east through the Marina District neighborhood passing the Claire Lilienthal School and until we reach the old SF Gas Light Company building designed by Joseph B. Crockett and built in 1893. From there we will enter the Great Meadow at Fort Mason and follow the trail to view two sculptures and walk through the Community Garden. After viewing the remaining cannon at Black Point Battery, we will descend into the center of Fort Mason. Here we will have a chance to use the restrooms. After leaving Fort Mason we will take a look at the old rail tunnel that Clint Eastwood runs through in the first Dirty Harry movie. Then we will travel west through the Marina Green and Crissy Field. As we walk through Crissy Field we recall that this is the place where Mrs. Doubtfire took her kids for a bike ride and where Hugh Grant gets hit by a kite in 9 Months. At the end of Crissy Field, we will stop at the Warming Hut Café & Bookstore to eat lunch and use the restrooms.

 After lunch we will continue west until we reach Fort Point which is directly under the Golden Gate Bridge and where we will explore this historic place. This is the spot in Vertigo where Madeline, with her bouquet, jumps into the water and Robin Williams enters the factory of Rupert Burns Enterprises where he meets his female robot counterpart in Bicentennial Man. We will walk around the building and up and up the circular stairs to the top floor that offers a great view of the bay. After leaving Fort Point we will follow a trail up to Battery Lancaster and take in the view from the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge. After leaving the viewing area, we will walk back down to Crissy Field and follow a trail back to our starting point. We should finish our walk around 5:00 PM.

If you have any questions about how to get around the Bay Area or San Francisco on public transportation here is a trip planner link provided by the government: http://transit.511.org/

PARKING INFO. There is scattered parking in the neighborhood and in the Marina Green area. Set aside time to find a parking space.

Photos below were taken on this walk's route.

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  • Barbara P

    Thanks Gary I appreciated the great scenery and your historical facts. The weather was great....my only suggestion would be to have lunch earlier.

    October 21, 2013

  • Jim G.

    I put some pics out there...if anyone would like the actual JPEG of any of them, email me and I can send it to you...

    October 21, 2013

  • Cris M.

    Thanks Gary for such an informative and interesting walk! Great weather and walkers. Wonderful views, fresh air and very nice people!

    October 21, 2013

  • Alla

    Just one more thanks our event host Gary! Not only I learned a lot of interesting facts about history, but also I have a list of movies to watch :) it was a pleasant walk, it's a pity no spots left on the next event

    October 20, 2013

  • Carol W.

    Beautiful day. beautiful people. Great walk. Thanks Gary. Hope your knee is ok.

    October 20, 2013

  • MrMrB

    Great views and historical annotation from Gary

    October 20, 2013

  • gary g.

    great walk with an excellent route, thanks to gary m. for a job well done

    October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Gorgeous. A good walk with stellar views.

    October 20, 2013

  • Jim G.

    Had a great time! -- the weather and the company were both superb!
    Thanks Gary, great job!

    October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Running late will be there shortly

    October 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Running late. I will join you,'ll along the way

    October 19, 2013

  • Veena

    I am coming. Not sure if i will make it on time.

    October 19, 2013

  • 馨文 S.

    Stuck in traffic, not able to make it :(

    October 19, 2013

  • Eric F.

    My day has gotten screwed up so I won't be able to make it. :-(

    October 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, flu shot was not very nice to me

    October 19, 2013

  • Robert

    Sorry, last minute change of plans. I will definitely make it to a future walk.

    October 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I have to work at the last minute and such a great day

    October 19, 2013

  • Janice

    Was hoping to use BART for part of trip

    October 19, 2013

  • Teresa S.

    Sorry, live in Alameda and due to the strike would have to take 5 buses one way on alternate routes that I'm not familiar with. I hope everyone who goes has fun. I also hope to meet everyone on the next walk.

    October 19, 2013

  • Joseph C J.

    BART strike; they need to be legislated into a no strike civil service well audited, along with all other critical path jobs.
    :-(

    October 18, 2013

  • Margaret C

    Have to cancel due to Bart strike, coming from the East Bay makes it a bit more difficult, will hopefully catch this one again if you get to repeat it soon. Have a great trek!

    October 18, 2013

  • Deborrah

    Wanted to mention that Fort Point had been closed the last time I walked over there, about a week ago due to retrofitting of the golden gate bridge. And the gov't shut-down has caused closure of some of the eateries because it's state park land (crissy field area). Sounds like a good walk folks!

    October 13, 2013

    • Gary M.

      It appears that all the Presidio facilities are open again. Fort Point, the warming hut and the bathrooms there are all open again. I visited Fort Point just before the shutdown and it was open with lots to see.

      October 18, 2013

  • Teresa S

    Sorry, can't go because of BART strike. Hopefully it will be repeated soon.

    October 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hope it's OK to be a maybe! I'm on call early in the morning for a project, but I expect to be able to go to this. I love this part of the city and would love to see more.

    October 18, 2013

  • marcelle

    Looking forward to the walk... and meeting you all!

    October 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I don't see very many +1 RSVP's and I'm wondering if anyone else is bringing their kids. I have a 9yo boy. I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that these walks are kid and pet friendly...

    October 11, 2013

    • Janice

      If I recsll, it is a flat walk mostly and about 3 miles round trip. Not sure.

      October 15, 2013

    • Gary M.

      The walk is about 7.3 miles long and is mostly flat. We will have a small hill at Fort Mason and we will walk up the hill to the south end of the GG Bridge. Kids are welcome but pets are not. Some 9 year olds are able to do this walk and some are not. You will need to decide whether this is a good hike for your 9 y/o.

      October 15, 2013

  • Tralee J.

    How many miles is the walk?

    October 13, 2013

    • Gary M.

      The walk is about 7.3 miles long.

      October 15, 2013

  • Maisy

    oh my, there's an herbal salve class that I just have to attend.

    October 8, 2013

  • tami

    sorry guys, im gonna b out of town this wknd, but hey have some fun

    October 7, 2013

  • Laura S.

    Sounds like so much fun!

    October 3, 2013

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