This gentle three mile loop is our favorite walk in the Golden Gate Park
. Start at JFK and Transverse
and walk down JFK to 30th Avenue. Turn right at 30th and then left onto a metaled path before you exit the path. The path takes you to Spreckels Lake.
At Spreckels Lake it's turtles all the way down...
Walk halfway round the Lake and then head off behind the bison paddock
(over 36th Avenue and then to the right of the restrooms). You'll pass one of two enclosed off-leash dog areas in the park.
Follow the path right round the paddock and then cross JFK at Chain of Lakes Drive. Immediately turn left on a small path that runs behind Middle Lake. This is a quiet area of the path where we've seen skunks and a lone coyote (although fortunately not at the same time). When you hit a T junction turn left and follow the path behind the angling pond and up to the Polo Fields. Keep going and you'll reach Speedway Meadow.
Follow the path beside Speedway Meadow back up to JFK and then on to the starting point at Transverse.
(2.80 miles, 1 hour, 6 minutes, average 2.53 mph, view in Google Earth
, view in Google Maps
Hike starts at: 37.770814, -122.48021.