Getting to Candlestick Point

Most sections of the 17-mile Crosstown Trail are easily accessible from public transit. The east end of Section 1 in Candlestick Point State Recreation Area is an exception. Sunrise Point is an 0.6-mile walk or ride from the park entrance, and the closest public transit stops are 1.0 to 1.7 miles away. Here are two routes of roughly equal length:

Google Maps marks the start of the Crosstown Trail by “Sunrise Point Fishing Pier.”

Via Bayshore and Arleta

Take the T-Third, 8, 8AX, 8BX, 9 or 9R to the Arleta stop on Bayshore Blvd. Walk east on Blanken Ave. and follow the instructions on the Cue Sheet for “Section 1 Hike South: Glen Park BART Station to Sunrise Point.” The total distance is about 1.7 miles.

You can shave 0.5 mile off this walk by taking the 56-Rutland bus east from Blanken Ave. and Bayshore Blvd. to the terminus on Thomas Mellon Drive in SF Executive Park. This bus runs approximately every half hour. Go downhill to Harney but don’t cross here! Turn left (east) 1 block on the north side of Harney to the 3-way stop sign and crosswalk. Cross Harney then follow the trail left 0.5 mile to the park entrance and another 0.5 mile to Sunrise Point.

Via Bayshore Caltrain

The Caltrain Bayshore stop is on Tunnel Ave. Turn left on Tunnel Ave and walk 2 blocks north to Blanken. Here turn right and follow the Section 1 Southbound Cue sheet, or if you’re lucky you can hop the 56 bus for a few stops to the east end of the line and walk from there.

Via Third and Gilman

The T-Third’s Gilman/Paul stop is also the 29 Sunset bus terminus. The walk to Sunrise Point from here is 1.6 miles. Head southeast 1.0 mile on the left side of Gilman Ave. The road turns south as Hunters Point Expressway. In about 1 block turn left at the main entrance to Candlestick SRA. Angle right on the park road, then left on a paved trail heading south. Bear left to reach the shore of South Basin, then turn right to follow the paved path 0.6 mile to Sunrise Point (keeping South Basin on your left).

To shorten the walk by 0.6 mile, wait at the 29’s Third and Fitzgerald stop (1 block north of Gilman) and catch a 29 departing “Inbound towards Baker Beach.” The bus loops east before returning west. Ride 8 blocks to the east side of Gilman Playground and disembark as the bus turns left on Gilman Ave.. Continue right (southeast) on Gilman 0.4 mile to the park entrance and follow the instructions above.

The 29 Sunset runs every 10-20 minutes from 6AM to midnight.

Returning from Candlestick Park via transit

The best route is to retrace the Crosstown Trail back toward Bayshore/Arleta via the shoreline path; cross at the 3-way stop to Executive Park Blvd. then left to join Blanken St. under 101. The 56 bus starts west from Thomas Mellon Way and Executive Park Blvd. at 1.2 miles, which may shorten your walk. To reach Bayshore Caltrain from Blanken St. turn left 2 blocks on Tunnel Road.

Alternately, exit Candlestick Park at the main entrance and turn right on Hunters Point Expressway and angle left on Gilman Ave.. You can catch the 29 at Gilman Park (1.1 miles), or walk all the way to Third to catch the T-Third (1.6 miles).

Via bicycle

Enter the park at the main entrance (500 Hunters Point Expressway). Bear right on the park road, then angle left on the paved paths to reach the water. Keep South Basin on your left and follow the path 0.6 southeast to Sunrise Point.

Alternately, follow the park road 0.2 mile to the last parking lot then turn left at the restroom to follow the southern paved trail 0.5 to Sunrise Point. The two paths join before the point.

Hike the NEW SF Crosstown Trail over two days

The Crosstown Trail is long enough that you can hike it over two days. On inaugural weekend, start each day near the water’s edge and hike to the center of the city. Or join for one of these two hikes, just some of the options June 1-2.

Hike the NEW SF Crosstown Trail, Candlestick Point to Forest Hill

Meet at 10:00 a.m. Saturday at Sunrise Point in the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. The closest MUNI stop (on the 56 Rutland or 29 Sunset lines) is about a mile away, so plan accordingly. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. The hike is one-way, ending at the Forest Hill MUNI station. We’ll walk along the Visitacion Valley Greenway, McLaren Park, Glen Canyon, and the trail network above Laguna Honda Hospital. The pace will be moderate, with a break or two. Cue sheets provided, or you can download your own. We are likely to reach Forest Hill by mid-afternoon.

RSVP By selecting #1 on our Eventbrite page.

Hike the NEW SF Crosstown Trail, Land’s End to Forest Hill (8 mi.)

Meet at 10:00 a.m. Sunday at the Lands End Lookout Visitor Center off Point Lobos Ave. The closest MUNI line is the 38 Geary. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. The hike is one-way, ending at the Forest Hill MUNI station. We’ll walk along the Land’s End Coastal Trail, Lobos Creek Valley Trail, Park Presidio Greenway, Stow Lake, and the tiled stairways of Golden Gate Heights. The pace will be moderate, with a break or two. Cue sheets provided, or you can download your own from crosstowntrail.org. We are likely to reach Forest Hill by mid-afternoon.

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Hike from Lands End to Candlestick Point

On Sunday, June 2, I will be hiking the entire distance of the SF Crosstown Trail and I invite others to join me. Join me at the Coastal Trailhead in the Northwest corner of the Lands End visitor center’s parking lot at 8:00AM. Bring water, lunch, and snacks to keep you fueled throughout the day.

Given the length of the trail (~18 miles total!) we need to start our hike early, but the 38 runs regularly 24/7, so the early start time should be feasible!

The hike will end at Sunrise Point in Candlestick park.

My plan is to go at a moderate rate, and take a coffee/water/bathroom break break or two to make the hike fun and relaxing. 

You can start with me, but as long as you are prepared with your own digital map or paper map and cue sheet that you’ve downloaded from the maps page or Outerspatial, you can go at your own pace. Since the trail intersects with several major transit hubs, and runs exclusively through San Francisco, there is also ample opportunity to call it a day and head home whenever you feel tired via public transit (or ride hailing if you prefer).

About half way through our hike we will aim to meet and have lunch with hikers who began at Sunrise Point and are heading to Lands End. My estimate is that those who go the distance will reach Sunrise Point in the late afternoon.

Looking forward to a fun day traversing the City!

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Ride the whole trail June 2nd!

The Crosstown Trail is a new route across San Francisco.
Be one of the first to bike across it! See parts of the city you probably have not seen before.

The Crosstown Trail at the Laguna Honda Community Trail System.

We’ll start at the southeasternmost corner of the city, in Candlestick State Recreation Area at 10AM. Then ride across San Francisco: You’l see Candlestick, Visitaction Valley (including the Vis Valley Greenway), McLaren Park, St Mary’s Park, the Glen Park neighborhood, Laguna Honda Community Trails, Golden Gate Heights, and more. Ride ends at Lands End.

This is true “mixed terrain”–some trails (mostly mild), roads ranging from freshly paved to not-so-freshly-paved, and paved pathways. There’s even some stairways, though there are always alternates to avoid the stairs.

Distance is about 17 miles and just over 2000′ of elevation gained.

Bring a water bottle and snacks, there will be breaks but no designated food stops. We hope to meet the hiking groups for lunch. Social pace.

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Walk the entire Crosstown Trail

Walk Entire Trail from Sunset Point in Candlestick Point State Recreation to Lands End on Sunday, June 2.

On Sunday, June 2, I will be hiking the entire distance of the SF Crosstown Trail and I invite others to join me by meeting at the intersection of Harney and Executive Park Blvd. at 8 a.m. with a sack lunch. Because MUNI’s Sunday schedule is a limited one early on Sunday morning, I I recommend that you to have a friend or a ride-hailing company drop you off.

The distance of the hike will be close to 18 miles because Sunrise Point Trailhead, is 1.2 miles from Harney and Executive Blvd.

My plan is to go at a moderate rate, and take a coffee break or two to make the hike a fun and relaxing one. You can start with me, but as long as you are prepared with your own digital map, or paper map and cue sheet that you’ve downloaded from crosstown trail.com., you can go at whatever rate you want. You can also exit the hike whenever you want using public transit or a ride-hailing service.

About half way through the hike we have lunch when we meet the group hiking southeast from Land’s End and to Sunrise Point.

My estimate is that those who go the distance will reach Land’s End late afternoon.

RSVP by selecting “Full Trail” on our Eventbrite page.

Celebrate the opening of the San Francisco Crosstown Trail on National Trails Weekend (June 1 and June 2)

National Trails Weekend is the first weekend in June, and you can celebrate by being among the first to traverse all or part of the new 17-mile San Francisco Crosstown Trail (SFCT).

The SFCT runs diagonally across San Francisco from the edge of the San Francisco Bay in Candlestick Point State Recreation Area to the Pacific Ocean at Lands End in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

The Crosstown Trail was included in the Recreation and Open Space Element of the SF General Plan, and was adopted by the San Francisco Planning Department in 2014. In 2018, volunteers from a number of non-profits and local advocacy groups joined forces to formally establish the route for the SFCT, and to develop maps and cue sheets for each of the five Crosstown Trail sections.

Connecting neighborhoods, open spaces, and major San Francisco trails, The San Francisco Crosstown Trail is now open for both pedestrians and bicyclists to enjoy, Furthermore, each of the route’s five sections start and end near a major public transit stop, so the SFCT can be accessed car-free.

You are invited to celebrate the trail’s opening in the following ways:

  • Join a hike or bike trek being led by members of the SF Crosstown Trail Coalition on June 1-2, 2019 to celebrate the trail’s inaugural weekend. Events range from traversing the full route in both the northwest and southeast directions, to shorter jaunts on just one or two of the sections.
  • Plan your own outing on the SFCT for your organization, your family, or your friends to discover the city’s newest trail on your own.