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In 2012, we imagined a trail that would cut across San Francisco, connecting the city’s neighborhoods, open spaces, and local trails. An initial outline of the trail was recognized by the city in 2014, but it wasn’t until 2018 when a coalition of volunteers came together to define its route.

We collaborated with local businesses, government departments, and nonprofits to create a route for everyone. On June 1, 2019, National Trails Day, the trail opened to the public with more than 200 hikers, cyclists, and runners taking part in the opening weekend.

Help the Trails

Donate to the Trails

By helping us create and activate a connected network of urban trails, you are building a world-class asset for San Francisco’s economy, climate resilience, and civic engagement. Your gift will help us do the following:

  • Improve access with signage and mapping tools
  • Sponsor students in outdoor education programs
  • Offer community-building events

Get some swag:

  • Mission Blue SF in Visitacion Valley (on the trail at Leland and the Visitacion Valley Greenway)
  • Bird & Beckett Books in Glen Park (on the trail at 653 Chenery)
  • Online through Nature in the City’s webstore
  • Door-to-Door or By Post:  For San Franciscans, we’ll deliver to your door via bicycle or MUNI, and for others, we’ll drop it in the mail. Send your request to us for tees, caps, stickers, or patches at crosstowntrail@gmail.com to submit your request.

Volunteer with us:

If you would like to get involved with the Crosstown Trail coalition, please drop us a note at crosstowntrail@gmail.com.

Volunteer with our affiliates:

  • SF Urban Riders works on the Laguna Honda Community Trail System every second Saturday of the month.
  • Nature in the City works on the Green Hairstreak Corridor every third Saturday of the month in addition to other projects at places such as the Alemany Farm. (Calendar)
  • The Visitacion Valley Greenway holds a monthly fourth Saturday garden project, 10AM – 12PM. Meet at the Community Garden (near 141 Arleta Avenue). Call or text Fran Martin at 415-216-8560 for further information.
  • Glen Park Greenway works on the greenway from 9 to 12 on the first Saturday of every month, except when holidays conflict and push the Work Party to the second Saturday. Contact greenway@glenparkassociation.org no later than the Wednesday before the Work Party to let them know you’re coming.

More to explore

In addition to connecting many of the proposed routes of the Green Connections Plan, the Crosstown Trail connects to many local and regional trails. Including:


The Crosstown Trail Coalition is a group of individuals in San Francisco who love trails. We’re part of many outdoor groups you may have heard of, including:

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