Getting to Candlestick Point

Most sections of the 17-mile Crosstown Trail are easily accessible from public transit. The east end of Section 1 in Candlestick Point State Recreation Area is an exception. Sunrise Point is an 0.6-mile walk or ride from the park entrance, and the closest public transit stops are 1.0 to 1.7 miles away. Here are two routes of roughly equal length:

Google Maps marks the start of the Crosstown Trail by “Sunrise Point Fishing Pier.”

Via Bayshore and Arleta

Take the T-Third, 8, 8AX, 8BX, 9 or 9R to the Arleta stop on Bayshore Blvd. Walk east on Blanken Ave. and follow the instructions on the Cue Sheet for “Section 1 Hike South: Glen Park BART Station to Sunrise Point.” The total distance is about 1.7 miles.

You can shave 0.5 mile off this walk by taking the 56-Rutland bus east from Blanken Ave. and Bayshore Blvd. to the terminus on Thomas Mellon Drive in SF Executive Park. This bus runs approximately every half hour. Go downhill to Harney but don’t cross here! Turn left (east) 1 block on the north side of Harney to the 3-way stop sign and crosswalk. Cross Harney then follow the trail left 0.5 mile to the park entrance and another 0.5 mile to Sunrise Point.

Via Bayshore Caltrain

The Caltrain Bayshore stop is on Tunnel Ave. Turn left on Tunnel Ave and walk 2 blocks north to Blanken. Here turn right and follow the Section 1 Southbound Cue sheet, or if you’re lucky you can hop the 56 bus for a few stops to the east end of the line and walk from there.

Via Third and Gilman

The T-Third’s Gilman/Paul stop is also the 29 Sunset bus terminus. The walk to Sunrise Point from here is 1.6 miles. Head southeast 1.0 mile on the left side of Gilman Ave. The road turns south as Hunters Point Expressway. In about 1 block turn left at the main entrance to Candlestick SRA. Angle right on the park road, then left on a paved trail heading south. Bear left to reach the shore of South Basin, then turn right to follow the paved path 0.6 mile to Sunrise Point (keeping South Basin on your left).

To shorten the walk by 0.6 mile, wait at the 29’s Third and Fitzgerald stop (1 block north of Gilman) and catch a 29 departing “Inbound towards Baker Beach.” The bus loops east before returning west. Ride 8 blocks to the east side of Gilman Playground and disembark as the bus turns left on Gilman Ave.. Continue right (southeast) on Gilman 0.4 mile to the park entrance and follow the instructions above.

The 29 Sunset runs every 10-20 minutes from 6AM to midnight.

Returning from Candlestick Park via transit

The best route is to retrace the Crosstown Trail back toward Bayshore/Arleta via the shoreline path; cross at the 3-way stop to Executive Park Blvd. then left to join Blanken St. under 101. The 56 bus starts west from Thomas Mellon Way and Executive Park Blvd. at 1.2 miles, which may shorten your walk. To reach Bayshore Caltrain from Blanken St. turn left 2 blocks on Tunnel Road.

Alternately, exit Candlestick Park at the main entrance and turn right on Hunters Point Expressway and angle left on Gilman Ave.. You can catch the 29 at Gilman Park (1.1 miles), or walk all the way to Third to catch the T-Third (1.6 miles).

Via bicycle

Enter the park at the main entrance (500 Hunters Point Expressway). Bear right on the park road, then angle left on the paved paths to reach the water. Keep South Basin on your left and follow the path 0.6 southeast to Sunrise Point.

Alternately, follow the park road 0.2 mile to the last parking lot then turn left at the restroom to follow the southern paved trail 0.5 to Sunrise Point. The two paths join before the point.