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.

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.