September events and updates

Here’s the latest from our September newsletter.

Map Updates

The Crosstown Trail is not signed, so our maps, cue sheets, and app are your best bet for enjoying the trail. We recently updated everything, to include a few small tweaks based on feedback. And some have asked for a GPX file, which is now available too. Get the latest versions on our website:
https://crosstowntrail.org/map/

Events

Here are some events along the trail this month. And some things you may want to have.

Laguna Honda Community Trails Grand Opening

Join SF Urban Riders for a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a family friendly party. Meet the trail makers, enjoy some entertainment, and more.

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM. Saturday September 28th.
Laguna Honda Hospital, 375 Laguna Honda Blvd
Opening Details & RSVP

Kimchi Workshop at the Visitacion Valley Greenway 9/28

Learn how to safely make kimchi at home in the Vistiacion Valley Greenway Community Garden.

Saturday 9/28, 10-11:30
FREE, but space is limited.
RSVP to: CommunityGardens@sfgov.org

Shaping SF Public Talk: Neighborhood Corridors—Memory & Ecology

Ever wonder how the many green spaces in the city come to life? Come to this Shaping SF Talk, which will include stories of the Visitacion Valley Greenway (along the Crosstown Trail) and more.

(Note: This talk was announced after the newsletter was released!)

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
518 Valencia: The Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics
More details at Shaping SF

SF Bay Area Careers in the Environment

Are you young and interested in building an environmental career working in science, administration, hands-on stewardship, or education? Then this is for you! Network, share your experience and think about what path you will take toward a career you love. The event is outdoors and will be a fun combination of hands-on science, habitat restoration, conversations, and Q & A with youth speakers.

Sat, 9/21 10:00 – 2:00, 15th Ave & Quintara St
Career Event Details & RSVP

Volunteer Opportunities

Want to volunteer along the route? Some ways you can help:
* Laguna Honda Community Trail System work with SF Urban Riders, every 2nd Saturday of the month (details) .
* 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 adjacent to the trail. (Calendar)
* The Visitacion Valley Greenway will hold its monthly third Saturday garden project, 10AM – 1PM. Meet at the Community Garden (near 141 Arleta Avenue). Contact Fran Martin if interested.

Get a shirt or a cap

The first batch of T-shirts was so popular, we got some more made. And some caps too.
If you’d like one for yourself, stop by

“The Walker’s Map of SF” now features Crosstown Trail

First published in 2010, The Walker’s Map of San Francisco, by Pease Press, is a complete map of the city, showing every trail, stairway, and park, plus neighborhood commercial areas, scenic vistas, and MUNI routes.

The new, fourth edition (released in July 2019), includes the Crosstown Trail; an inset map of Mount Sutro (including the Bay Area Ridge Trail reroute); new trails at Laguna Honda and Golden Gate Park; expanded text; and much more.

Map Info

Bike ride July 14

Join us for a bike ride on the Crosstown Trail. This time we’ll ride Southbound. Start at the Lands End Visitor Center, then pass through GGNRA, Park Presidio Greenway, Golden Gate Park, Golden Gate Heights, Laguna Honda Community Trails, College Hill, McLaren Park, the Visitacion Valley Greenway, Little Hollywood, Candlestick State Recreation Area, and more.

“Mixed terrain” is the name of the game–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.

Steady pace ride; be prepared to ride with minimal breaks, though we will pause at restrooms and water along the way as needed. Bring a water bottle and snacks, there will be breaks but no designated food stops.

Distance is about 17 miles and over 2500′ of elevation gained.

Meet at the Lands End Lookout Visitor Center at 10AM, Sunday July 14. RSVP and updates on Facebook.

Side trip: the Endangered Garden

The Crosstown Trail’s southern terminus is at the Sunrise Point fishing pier inside Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. This little-known park is worth exploring. If you’re willing to take a slight detour, you can visit the Endangered Garden, a concrete promenade created by public artist Patricia Johanson that pays tribute to the endangered San Francisco Garter Snake. The promenade continues along the shoreline to the Sunnydale water treatment plant. It’s worth the trip to check out the art and the view.

Following the main Crosstown Trail, you’ll safely cross Harney Way at a crosswalk. (Going north, this is how you leave the park; going south, this is how you enter the park.) But you’ll miss the Endangered Garden, a few yards west of the crosswalk. Feel free to explore it, but please do not attempt to cross Harney Way here. Return to that crosswalk to the east!

The alternative route below shows you how you can find the Endangered Garden, walking along the shoreline instead of the road, and return to the crosswalk.

Endangered Garden pathway, just west of the main Crosstown Trail.
Map of trail at western portion of Candlestick Point. The Crosstown Trail just touches the NE end of the Endangered Garden. The garden continues south between the Bay and Harney Way.

See also Getting to Candlestick Point for some transit tips.

Improve the Crosstown Trail (3rd Saturday)

Two of the highlights of the Crosstown Trail are the Visitacion Valley Greenway and the Green Hairstreak Butterfly Corridor.

Have you seen them? Want to help out? This Saturday is a great time to do so:

Visitacion Valley Greenway
Visitacion Valley Greenway

The Visitacion Valley Greenway will hold its monthly third Saturday garden project, 10AM – 1PM. Meet at the Community Garden (near 141 Arleta Avenue). Contact Fran Martin if interested.

Rocky Outcrop in the Green Hairstreak Corridor

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 adjacent to the trail. Calendar and details.

Commemorative T-Shirts

We still have a few commemorative Crosstown Trail T-shirts! Buying a T-shirt is one way you can support the new trail. Please drop us a message (email crosstowntrail@gmail) if you would like a shirt — treat yourself or make it a gift .

Getting to Candlestick Point

The Crosstown Trail is easily accessible from public transit at multiple points. Each cue sheet describes the transit available at each section.

The start of the trail at Sunrise Point in the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area is the exception. All other sections start/end at a major transit hub and the trail crosses major transit lines.

Google Maps ‘location’ is the “Sunrise Point Fishing Pier“. Google has the location right but doesn’t have all the trails to get there, so read on for some ways to get to Sunrise Point.

The closest public transit points are a mile to a mile and a half away.

Transit Map to Sunrise Point
Transit Close to Sunrise Point

Via Bayshore and Arleta

The best walking route is via Bayshore and Arleta. Take the T-Third, 8, 8AX, 8BX, 9 or 9R to Bayshore and Arleta and Blanken. Head east on Blanken, and follow the instructions on the Cue Sheet for “Section 1 Hike South: Glen Park BART Station to Sunrise Point” from the T-Third Arleta stop.

You can also take the 56-Rutland from Blanken and Bayshore to Executive Park, which will take you half a mile closer; ask the driver. This bus runs approximately once every half hour.

Via Bayshore Caltrain

The Caltrain Bayshore stop is on Tunnel Ave. Turn left on Tunnel Ave and walk to Blanken. From there you can walk following the Section 1 Southbound Cue sheet, or hop on the 56 for a few stops.

Via Third and Gilman

The closest transit stop is the 29-Sunset stop at Gilman Park. This is most useful if you are looping back to or from Candlestick Park, as this stop is one of the first the bus makes as it starts at Third, loops out to Gilman Park, then heads towards Baker Beach.

The T-Third stop at Gilman/Paul is also the terminus for bus route 29. To get to Sunrise Point from there, head southeast on Gilman Ave. The road will continue as the Hunters Point Expressway. At the main entrance to Candlestick SRA, enter the park and find a paved trail toward the south. Bear left to reach the water’s edge, then turn right to follow the path around to Sunrise Point.

To shorten the walk, you can take the 29 Sunset “Inbound towards Baker Beach” from Fitzgerald (one block north of Gilman) and Third. Take it to Gilman Park, then disembark, continue southeast on Gilman and follow the instructions above.

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

Returning from Candlestick Park via transit

The best route is to follow the route of the Crosstown Trail back toward Bayshore and Blanken. The 56 has a stop on Thomas Mellon Way and Executive Park Boulevard which may shorten the walk. To reach Bayshore Caltrain, turn left at Tunnel and Blanken.

Alternately, exit Candlestick Park at the main entrance and turn right on Hunters Point Expressway. You can continue to Gilman Park and pick up the 29, or all the way to Third and pick up the T-Third.

Connecting the sections with transit

The 29 crosses the trail in Section 1 at McLaren Park (McLaren and Visitacion), Section 3 at Golden Gate Park (19th and Lincoln), and Section 5 (Baker Beach or 25th Ave. and Clement). You can reach the end of the trail at Lands End by transferring to the 38R-Geary at 25th Ave.

Via bicycle

Enter the park at the main entrance (500 Hunters Point Expressway).

Bear right, then left to reach the water and follow it southeast to Sunrise Point.

Alternately, follow the park road to the last parking lot then turn left at the restroom to follow the paved trail to Sunrise 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.

RSVP By selecting #4 on our Eventbrite page.