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.
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.
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.
National Trails Weekend is the first weekend in June, and you can celebrate by being among the first to traverse all or part of the new 17-mile San Francisco Crosstown Trail (SFCT).
The SFCT runs diagonally across San Francisco from the edge of the San Francisco Bay in Candlestick Point State Recreation Area to the Pacific Ocean at Lands End in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
The Crosstown Trail was included in the Recreation and Open Space Element of the SF General Plan, and was adopted by the San Francisco Planning Department in 2014. In 2018, volunteers from a number of non-profits and local advocacy groups joined forces to formally establish the route for the SFCT, and to develop maps and cue sheets for each of the five Crosstown Trail sections.
Connecting neighborhoods, open spaces, and major San Francisco trails, The San Francisco Crosstown Trail is now open for both pedestrians and bicyclists to enjoy, Furthermore, each of the route’s five sections start and end near a major public transit stop, so the SFCT can be accessed car-free.
You are invited to celebrate the trail’s opening in the following ways:
Join a hike or bike trek being led by members of the SF Crosstown Trail Coalition on June 1-2, 2019 to celebrate the trail’s inaugural weekend. Events range from traversing the full route in both the northwest and southeast directions, to shorter jaunts on just one or two of the sections.
Plan your own outing on the SFCT for your organization, your family, or your friends to discover the city’s newest trail on your own.