Join us for a Christmas Eve hike on an 8-mile stretch of the Crosstown Trail, through Glen Canyon, Laguna Honda’s trail network, the stairways of Forest Hill and Golden Gate Heights, and Golden Gate Park. Meet at the Glen Park BART station; finish at Mountain Lake Park. Terrain is a mix of trails, sidewalks, and stairs. Bring water, snacks, and a brown-bag lunch. We’ll take a few bio-breaks along the route. Heavy rain cancels.
When: Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Start: Meet at the Glen Park BART station entry plaza. Arrive in time for a prompt 10 a.m. departure.
Finish: Mountain Lake Park, approximately 2 p.m. Convenient to the 1 California and other transit
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; and bike routes on city streets. The expanded text briefly describes major parks throughout the city, and includes an extensive list of books, websites, park agency contacts, and dog information.
The map goes beyond the county line to include Angel Island, Alcatraz, and the Marin Headlands to the north, plus San Bruno Mountain on our southern horizon. Cartographer Ben Pease calls it “a tourist map for locals, and a local map for tourists. It won’t follow you around like an app, but you can see the whole city at once in full detail.”
Pease is also the official cartographer for the Crosstown Trail. “This is a great map for seeing all the trails that link to the Trail, both within parks and regionally, such as the Coastal, Ridge, Bay, and Anza trails,” he says. “And you can also see all the MUNI connections to and from the trailheads.”
Ordering info can be found at https://peasepress.com/sf.html. Suggested retail price is $7.95 plus tax. You can also find the map at many San Francisco bookstores, including:
Bird and Beckett (in Glen Park, 2 blocks from the Crosstown Trail)
Our friends at the Visitacion Valley Greenway invite you to a Peace and Unity Celebration on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Live music, clowns, and artists will be stationed along the walkways of the Greenway, starting at the Children’s Play Garden and branching into the Herb Garden and the Agriculture Garden. Underpass Brass Band, Dueto Arte, Mr. Choy’s trio, classical violinist David Cheng and more! Book and Wheel’s Chispa Cart debut! Dog costume contest, activities for children, local beekeepers, community arts and crafts. Bring a picnic and a blanket to sit on, and a dish to share for our multicultural potluck!
Join us for an 8-mile hike along a particularly scenic and varied stretch of the Crosstown Trail, from Mountain Lake Park in the Richmond to Glen Park BART. Sights include the Park Presidio Greenway, Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park, tiled stairways and the Green Hairstreak Corridor ecological restoration in Golden Gate Heights, Laguna Honda Hospital’s farm and garden, and Glen Canyon’s restored riparian habitat. Meet at the Mountain Lake Park Playground (near Funston Ave. & Lake St.). Restrooms at start. Bring water and snacks; we’ll take a few bio-breaks along the route, which finishes at Glen Park BART. Both the start and finish are well-served by transit.
When: Sunday, July 21, 2019
Start: Meet at the Mountain Lake Park playground, just north of Lake St. near Funston Ave. Arrive in time for a prompt 10 a.m. departure.
Finish: Glen Park BART station, approximately 2 p.m.
“What if I hosted a hike across San Francisco and nobody
came?” Such were my thoughts as I stood at Candlestick Point, at the southeast
corner of the city, on the morning of Saturday, June 1. I had offered to lead a
hike along the brand-new Crosstown Trail,
which reaches all the way to Lands End at the northwest. Word had gone out to a
remarkably large network of open-space enthusiasts. Now, would anyone show up?
First, hiking partners Debra and John strode up. Then, four
women who came all the way from San Carlos. All told, more than 25 urban
explorers joined me for an 8-mile hike through the verdant Visitacion Valley
Greenway, McLaren Park’s redwood trees, and Glen Canyon, once slated for a
freeway but now restored as a riparian habitat.
A highlight was our visit to the Virginia Leishman Farm and
Garden, hidden amid a tangle of forested trails above Laguna Honda Hospital and
offering animal-assisted therapy and horticulture to hospital residents. Who
knew there were goats – and pigs, and sheep – in San Francisco?
I needn’t have worried about interest in the new trail. I led a second hike the next day, covering the northern half of the trail from Lands End to Forest Hill, that drew more than 30 participants. In tandem, my colleagues in our all-volunteer Crosstown Trail Coalition were leading full-trail hikes, a bike ride, a naturalist-guided hike, and even a run.
Along the way, we came across plenty of folks doing the trail on their own, using the maps and cue sheets we have posted at https://crosstowntrail.org/map/.
“My opening-day hike on the Crosstown Trail is now one of my
all-time favorite San Francisco memories.” “A picture-perfect day – we got to
see parts of the city we had never seen before.” Response to our opening
weekend has been tremendous. Now, all we need to do is organize more hikes and
rides, so that residents and visitors alike can enjoy this new jewel in San
Francisco’s crown of parklands, streetscapes, and public open space. Join us!
Here is just a sampling of Crosstown Trail opening-weekend