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

The Walker’s Map of San Francisco, by Pease Press, is a complete street map, with every trail, stairway, and park, plus neighborhood shopping areas, historic districts, MUNI routes, and scenic vistas.

The 2019 fourth edition adds the Crosstown Trail, plus new trails at Mount Sutro, Laguna Honda and Golden Gate Park. You’ll also find the regional trails the Crosstown Trails links to, including the Bay, Ridge, Anza, and Coastal Trails.

Stop by Mission Blue SF, Bird & Beckett Books, Green Apple, or Lands End Lookout. Also available online from Pease Press.

Peace and Unity Celebration at the Greenway, Aug. 17

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!

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.

July 21 hike: Mountain Lake Park to Glen Park BART

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.

Hike leader: Karen Rhodes

RSVP on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2066416320320511/

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.

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.

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!

RSVP By selecting #3 on our Eventbrite page.

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.

RSVP by selecting ticket #5 on our Eventbrite page.

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.