Time  11 hours 57 minutes

Coordinates 2137

Uploaded March 27, 2013

Recorded March 2013

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444 f
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6.4
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25.44 mi

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near South of Market, California (United States)

Full day hike in San Francisco
Most of it has 0 technical difficulty but a few trails / off track stretches should be considered as difficult.

The purpose was to burn my soles, put my legs to the test… and see as much of San Francisco in one day without using any public transportation.

Starting from the hotel nearby the caltrain station, dropped by a few city landmarks before heading for the Golden Gate Park, the beach up to the Golden Gate Bridge.
This park is so huge, it would take a whole day to walk all the roads and trails there is. The small Strawberry Hill in the middle of the park has some interesting trails (read steep slopes) and overall the park is very enjoyable with a lot of different things.

The trail along the beach is some kind of hiking highway, probably up to 5m wide at places. There is a multitude of very small trails going towards the beach, no one seems to go as the area is mostly crowded with tourists and it's a good thing because those trails are technically difficult and not maintained. At some point I had to crawl to make my way back up to the main trail.

The shoreline on the East of the Golden Gate is not as interesting as the West side. Indeed there are no cliffs and the view is less striking (especially due to the position of the sun during the afternoon). On Baker beach there was a bunch of naked dudes, I made sure not to get too close...

At Pier39 my wallet suddenly became thinner and my backpack fuller with heaps of souvenirs and then my paced slowed down as I was heading for the final destination.

For my first time in San Francisco I guess I could have chosen a shorter trail (considering the blisters the day after) but I'm sure I couldn't have seen as many things.

More pictures here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jbfafpr6xxp0w9c/LkIsb-cTFy
Tree

Yerba Buena Gardens

Yerba_Buena_Gardens
Tree

Union Square Park

Union_Square_Park
Waypoint

Cable car 1

Cable_car_1
Waypoint

City Hall

City_Hall
Tree

Alamo Square

Alamo_Square
Tree

Panhandle

Panhandle
Summit

Strawberry Hill

Strawberry_Hill
Tree

Golden Gate Park

Golden_Gate_Park
Summit

Twin Peaks

Twin_Peaks
Tree

Conservatory of Flowers

Conservatory_of_Flowers
Tree

Japanese Tea Garden

Japanese_Tea_Garden
Waypoint

Dutch Windmill

Dutch_Windmill
Beach

Ocean Beach

Ocean_Beach
Beach

Seal Rocks

Seal_Rocks
Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden_Gate_Bridge
Castle

Alcatraz

Alcatraz

1 comment

  • Photo of Rick W

    Rick W Sep 17, 2013

    That's quite a hike. No wonder you got blisters. Nice job.

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