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.
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.
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.
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.