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A Walk On Russian Hill & Nob Hill the Hard Way

Now open for RSVPs. The only cost is $3 cash per adult for the walk. We will start at the Starbucks next to the Palace Hotel. At 10:40 AM we will leave there to walk toward Market Street on New Montgomery and cross Market Street to Post and continue on Post to the Mechanics' Institute to look inside for 5 minutes then continue on Post again to Grant Avenue. However, if we have more than 36 attendees we will skip going inside & instead go inside when we come back later & have fewer people. We walk up Grant and turn left at the Chinatown gate so that we will go up Stockton Street. We have changed this walk a couple times to make it better by giving us a bigger restroom stop and to avoid too big crowds in Chinatown.

One should bring a sack lunch or purchase a lunch at the Starbucks where we start. We walked Russian Hill many times, the first time the easy way, but since then we do it the hard way where we go up and down more stairs seeing beautiful gardens. We will get back to the Palace Hotel somewhere between 3:30 & 4:15 PM, depending on how big the group is. The bigger the group the slower the group. Then some of us may celebrate the walk by having a drink at the hotel's world famous Pied Piper Bar.

If you have any questions about how to get around the Bay Area on public transportation below is a trip planner link:

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Photos above & below are from our previous Russian Hill walks. Now I wear a blue & black hat & not the straw one pictured here.


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  • Susan B.

    This was a great introduction to Howard's amazing walks - did anyone track the route for this one, like one of this weekend's Bernal Heights walkers did? Dying to see the route ...

    September 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Tremendous day! Great group. Thanks, Howard! Brian

    September 8, 2014

  • Howard S.

    We arrived at the Cable Car Museum at 11:25 AM. & at our lunch spot at 12:34 PM. We arrived back at our starting point about 4:00 PM. We had clear skies making it a perfect day to take photos. I hope lots of attendees post photos. I kept us in the shade for the walk. Too bad Lombard Street was not closed to cars this time as it was last time.

    September 6, 2014

  • Christina

    Thank you to Howard and all for another fabulous walk. Fun people and breathtaking views of this gorgeous city...looking forward to next week's walk. Ciao for now!

    September 6, 2014

  • cristina

    Wow, such a large group! Never walked ob urban streets along so many ppl. Not sure we'll fit on the sidewalk

    September 6, 2014

    • Howard S.

      They don't all show up. I expect around 40.

      September 6, 2014

  • Bet

    I am very disappointed that I am unable to join for the wonderful Russian Hill walk tomorrow. Thank you, Howard, for offering these great events. See you soon ~ Bet

    September 5, 2014

  • Lucy

    When does the walk end?

    September 3, 2014

    • Howard S.

      We will get back to the Palace Hotel somewhere between 3:30 & 4:15 PM, depending on how big the group is. The bigger the group the slower the group.

      September 3, 2014

  • Ho Y.

    Anyone know the parking situation?

    There are plenty of garages but do any of them have a flat weekend rate?

    September 2, 2014

    • Howard S.

      Every Saturday there is a Farmers Market around the Ferry Building. You may get validated parking from them. I have a leaflet from them that says the least costly pay parking is at the Golden Gateway Garage, 250 Clay Street, which has parking all day between 8 am & 10 pm, with validation, for only $3. Without validation it is $7. It has over 600 spaces. That is my latest information and things might change. Below is a link to the Golden Gateway Garage rates:


      September 2, 2014

  • Emily

    I’m occupied this Saturday morning, but I hope to catch this one another time. Enjoy everyone!

    September 2, 2014

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