Walk, bike, and volunteer across San Francisco this October for “Crosstober” with the Crosstown Trail. Explore a new neighborhood and discover a different side of town!
See details and register for these events below:
The Initial Step of Crosstown Trail Divided by Two
Saturday, October 7 | 9 a.m. to ~2:30 p.m.
This walk is designed for those who want to walk the entire Crosstown Trail in two steps. The Initial Step, along Sections 1 and 2, is on October 7 and The Final Step, along Sections 3, 4 and 5, will be on October 21 (see below). Step 1 begins at 9 a.m. on October 7 at Sunrise Point in the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area and will end around 2:30 p.m. at the plaza in front of the Forest Hill MUNI Station after about 8 ½ miles. Note that there are frequent light rail departures at Forest Hill Connecting to other MUNI lines and BART. Come with a sack lunch.
OMI Service Day on the Brotherhood Greenway
Saturday, October 7 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
It’s a Community Clean Up on the Brotherhood Greenway! We will meet at the Head-Brotherhood Mini Park at 9 a.m. and fuel up with neighbors over coffee and mochi muffins from OMI’s Blue House Cafe followed by a Metta Stretch with Mairead (brain boosting meditation and gentle yoga stretching) before we get to work picking up trash, pruning trees and bushes, weeding, and doing some graffiti abatement!
We’ll have some yoga mats or bring your own if you have one! We will provide clean-up supplies, refreshments, and high fives! You will wear comfy clothes and shoes, bring a friend and a smile. Stay for a slice from OMI’s local pizza spot – Golden State Pizzeria – after the clean up…yum! You can walk or ride the Muni M Line to the park from the Balboa Bart Station or the West Portal Muni station. Participants must register; space is limited Questions? Email us at We.Are.OMI@gmail.com or visit WeAreOMI.org
The Crosstown – Double Cross Combo
Sunday, October 8 | 10 a.m. to ~ 2:30 p.m.
Meet at Golden Gate Park’s Flywheel Coffee Kiosk, Stanyan at Page, in time for a prompt departure at 10 a.m. Our 9-mile walk combines stretches of the Crosstown Trail and the new Double Cross. We follow car-free JFK Promenade to pick up the Crosstown Trail to Stow Lake, the tiled stairways of Golden Gate Heights, and a detour to J.P. Murphy Playground for lunch. We continue through Forest Hill and the Laguna Honda trail network. Below Twin Peaks, we arrive at the “Tri-Trail Junction,” where the Crosstown Trail meets the Double Cross as well as the Bay Area Ridge Trail. Our Double Cross route takes us to Edgehill, West Portal, and McCoppin Square at Taraval & 24th Ave., where we finish. Plenty of public transit options at the start, finish, and along the route. Mixed terrain: pavement, stairs, dirt paths. Bring water, snacks, and lunch. Plan to be out about 4-5 hours.
Nature, Stairs, and Hills
Saturday, October 14 | 10 a.m. to ~ 12:30 p.m.
Tackle the two biggest climbs of the Crosstown Trail with Sections 2 and 3. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Glen Park BART plaza on the southeast corner of Bosworth and Diamond. Arrive early to explore the nearby shops and cafes. From Glen Park BART, we’ll walk up through Glen Canyon Park and the Laguna Honda Community Trail System. Then we’ll wrap behind the Forest Hill MUNI Metro station to begin the stair section of the hike, passing by the Green Hairstreak butterfly corridor, and up to Grandview Park to take in the views. From there we’ll descend down tiled steps into the Sunset and end at 16th and Judah at the N-Judah MUNI Metro stop, which is a couple of blocks from restaurants on Irving. The route is 5.2 miles and will take about 2.5 hours depending on how much we stop to take in the sights. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Get a sneak peak of nature on the Trail in this blog post.
Trail and Habitat Service Day at Laguna Honda Community Trail System
Saturday, October 14 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Lend a hand to improve a section of the Crosstown Trail! Meet at the SF Urban Riders Container at Laguna Honda (map), just steps off the Crosstown trail. We’ll spend the morning tending to the trails and the native habitat adjacent to the trails. When it’s done, we’ll enjoy some refreshments, new friends, and if you’d like join us for a stroll or ride after.
San Miguel Hills Bike Loop
Saturday, October 14 | 1 to ~3 p.m.
Join us for a 6-8 miles, mostly trail, along the Crosstown Trail, Bay Area Ridge Trail, and other trails and roads which make for a fun (and hilly) loop in the center of San Francisco.
Exploring Nature in Golden Gate Heights
Saturday, October 21 | 9 or 10 a.m. to ~2:30 p.m.
Join Nature in the City (NTC) for a combined native habitat restoration event and nature walk on Section 3 of the Crosstown Trail. We’ll help steward the Green Hairstreak Butterfly Corridor, which provides critical habitat for this iridescent green butterfly. Then we’ll explore other hidden treasures of Golden Gate Heights.
Schedule (you can join this event all day, or at different times and locations):
- WALK – 9 a.m. outside the Forest Hill Muni Station. Meet Helen to walk from the Forest Hill Muni Station to Golden Gate Heights, where we’ll end at the habitat restoration event. We’ll leave at 9:15 a.m.!
- VOLUNTEER – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 14th Avenue and Quintara. Meet Amber and Precious at the NTC habitat site for a volunteer event (the #6 bus turnaround) and ready to get your hands dirty!
- LUNCH – 12 to12:30 p.m. at 14th Avenue and Quintara. We’ll break for a snack / lunch break after the volunteer event. Please bring your own snacks with enough to share if you’re able.
- WALK – 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. leaving from 14th Avenue and Quintara. The walk ends at 16th Avenue and Judah, the Crosstown Trail’s Section 3 northern end, with Muni connections.
Note: this area can be foggy and windy….or warm and sunny…Please dress in layered clothes you don’t mind getting dirty and bring water and snacks. We’ll mostly be walking on paved paths, with several steep stairways and a few sandy trails.
The Final Step of the Crosstown Trail Divided by Two
Saturday, October 21 | 9 a.m. to ~2:30 p.m.
This walk is designed for those who want to walk the entire Crosstown Trail in two steps. The Initial Step, along Sections 1 and 2, is on October 7 (see above) and The Final Step, along Sections 3, 4 and 5, will be on October 21. To complete the conquest of the Crosstown Trail that started at the beginning of October, meet at the plaza in front of the Forest Hill MUNI Station at 9 a.m. We’ll walk 8 ½ miles along Sections 3, 4, and 5, ending around 2:30 p.m. at the Lands End Lookout Visitor Center from where you can hop aboard MUNI’s #38 to connect you to other MUNI lines and BART. Bring a sack lunch.
Top of the Town on the Crosstown and Double Cross Trails
Tuesday, October 24 | 10 a.m. to ~ 12:30 p.m
optional lunch or pub stop to follow
Explore the “top of the town” on this 5.1 mile hilly walk combining the Glen Park section of the Crosstown Trail with the Twin Peaks and Buena Vista section of the Double Cross Trail. Meet at the plaza outside Glen Park BART station at 10 a.m. We’ll walk up Glen Canyon Park, cross over Portola Ave and up to the top of Twin Peaks. After a brief view break at the overlook, we’ll descend through Tank Hill and Buena Vista parks to finish up at the N-Judah MUNI stop at Duboce Park. Those who wish to stick around can join us for lunch and/or a stop at a local pub, TBD by group interest.
Section 5 of the Crosstown Trail
Saturday, October 28 | 9 a.m. to ~ noon
Explore Section 5 of the Crosstown Trail on the first day of Halloween Weekend! Meet at the Lands End Trailhead just north of the Lands End Lookout Visitor Center at 9 a.m. We’ll head through (spooky) Lands End, past (eerie) Baker Beach, across the (haunted) Presidio and end at Geary Boulevard. From there walkers can choose to hop on the 38 Geary MUNI to get back to Lands End or East into the City. If walkers choose to, the group can loop back to see Section 5 in a different direction. Costumes optional but encouraged!
The Whole Wonderful Crosstown Trail
Saturday, October 28 | 9 a.m. to late afternoon
Meet at 9 a.m. at Sunrise Point in Candlestick Point State Recreation Area for a walk along the entire 17-mile Crosstown Trail route. You can either walk the entire distance at the moderate group pace, or walk at your own pace any length you choose. For those of you intending to go the distance, make sure to pack a lunch. We expect to finish at the Lands End Lookout Visitor Center by late afternoon.