Walking Across San Francisco

We’ve been having some really nice weather lately, so I thought I’d post something about my recent walk across San Francisco–I started at the Ferry Building, went down Market Street to Haight, took Haight to Golden Gate Park, and the park to the ocean. It was lots of fun. Lots of pictures after the jump, and lots more in my Flickr set.

Looking down Market Street

Looking southwest from the beginning of Market Street.

Market Street clock

This is the Albert Samuels clock on Market Street just up from Powell. I like it a lot, and it’s even better with a little snowman inside.

Market and Van Ness

White girl!

Market and Van Ness . . .

–Soul Coughing

Buena Vista Park

Buena Vista Park from Haight. The N train goes through this hill.

East end of Golden Gate Park

East end of Golden Gate Park. I didn’t get ten steps into the park before someone offered me weed. I declined.


Waterfall, Stow Lake.

Model Yacht Club

Here’s an interesting thing. What do you think those boats are?

Model Yacht Club

They look really small . . .

Model Yacht Club

Ah! It’s the model yacht club! It’s neat; those boats are all completely sail-powered and remote-controlled. Very nifty.

The Sea!

Finally, the sea!

Wet boots/jeans

I got some of the sea on my boots and jeans as well.

It is twenty-two thousand, four hundred thirty nine steps across San Francisco.

It is twenty-two thousand, four hundred thirty nine steps across San Francisco.

Burger with bleu cheese, Magnolia

Even though I didn’t take up the weed merchant I’d met at the other end of the park on his offer, I was really hungry. I took the bus back to Magnolia for a burger with bleu cheese. It was extremely tasty.

6 Comments so far

  1. sw (unregistered) on February 5th, 2007 @ 10:09 am

    very cool. How long did it take? What a great way to spend some time in the fabulous weather we’ve been having.

  2. Adam (unregistered) on February 5th, 2007 @ 10:21 am

    Thanks! It took just a little under four hours, including about fifteen minutes of breaks and a certain amount of backtracking. (I carried no compass, and navigating by the sun works a lot better when you can actually see the sun, which isn’t always the case in some of the more heavily-wooded parts of the park.)

  3. rick (unregistered) on February 5th, 2007 @ 10:32 am

    A really great walk I try to take every 2 or 3 weeks starts on ocean beach, and goes all the way around the top of the peninsula to the ferry building.

    Something like this:
    . take the 38 or the N west to the end of the line
    . ocean beach north
    . past the cliff house, into the parking lot and the coastal trail head
    . up around land’s end, along the coastal trail
    . out into sea cliff next to the golf course
    . through sea cliff (left on el camino del mar, left on sea cliff ave, left on 25th ave N, right to the end of the dead end)
    . down to and across baker beach
    . up the (200 or so?) sandy stairs to lincoln blvd (the one hard part of the walk)
    . left along lincoln way
    . left back onto the coastal trail to the bridge
    . under the bridge along the trail some more, and down the steps to chrissy field
    . along chrissy field to the marina
    . along the marina green
    . down the embarcadero to the ferry building
    . (optionally) back up market toward home

    The beginning and end points vary, but it’s around 12 miles.

  4. rick (unregistered) on February 5th, 2007 @ 10:35 am

    whoops, I forgot “up and over fort mason, through fisherman’s wharf” toward the end there.

  5. rocco (unregistered) on February 5th, 2007 @ 11:23 am

    great photos, man!

  6. TinMan (unregistered) on February 5th, 2007 @ 7:21 pm

    Why not contact the SF Hash House Harriers and get them to join you the next time?

    Your photos might end up a bit more blurry though. ;)

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