Golden Gate Park Loop

Updated on Friday, February 24, 2017
Golden Gate Park loop in Google Earth

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.

Turtles
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.

Buffalo

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.

Rudy at 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.

Crissy Field

Updated on Friday, February 24, 2017
Chrisy Field in Google Earth

Crissy Field, part of the Golden Gate National Parks, is a recently restored stretch of beach and parkland next to the bay. It's a very popular place to take dogs for a good swim. Currently there is a big debate about dogs in the national parks - see Dog Management at the GGNRA site and SF Dog.

If the weather is vaguely nice then the beaches at Chrissy Field get pretty packed. We go to Fort Funston most weekends, and save Chrissy Field for when the sea is too rough or (like today) when we just can't face climbing back up the sand ladder.

Alcatraz from Chrissy Field
Alcatraz

Golden Gate Bridge from Crissy Field
Golden Gate Bridge

(0.55 miles, total elevation gain 3 feet, 45 minutes, average 0.72 mph, view in Google Earth, view in Google Maps.)

Hike starts at: 37.806083, -122.450172.

Fort Funston in the rain

Updated on Sunday, May 3, 2020

(view in Google Earth).

This is the short version of our Fort Funston walk (the long version is here). Depending on the tide and the height of the sand it's sometimes not easy to get past a couple of sewage outlet pipes. Today's walk was wet with a high tide so we turned left at the bottom of the sand ladder and just walked along the beach and back. The longer version is to turn right and complete a three mile loop.



Hike starts at: 37.714211, -122.502257383333.

Glen Park Canyon

Updated on Friday, February 24, 2017


Glen Park Canyon is a short city hike - the trail gets increasingly dense as you walk into the canyon until you need to limbo your way under branches.

(1.51 miles, total elevation gain 909 feet, 47 minutes (average 1.92 mph), view in Google Earth)

Hike starts at: 37.737133, -122.442133.

Sunol Wilderness

Updated on Sunday, May 3, 2020


Really Hot!

(4.81 miles, total elevation gain 1,791 feet, 3 hours 30 minutes (average 1.37 mph), view in Google Earth)

Hike starts at: 37.510183, -121.8284.

Bon Tempe Lake

Updated on Sunday, May 3, 2020


(3.98 miles, total elevation gain 1,306 feet, 1 hour 40 minutes (average 2.39 mph), view in Google Earth)

Hike starts at: 37.958717, -122.6088.

Fallen Leaf Lake

Updated on Sunday, May 3, 2020

A quick outing to Fallen Leaf Lake (close to Lake Tahoe) while skiing over the New Year.

(3.97 miles, total elevation gain 738 feet, 1 hour 36 minutes (average 2.49 mph), view in Google Earth)

Hike starts at: 38.905, -120.022733.

Oakland Hills (Longer Walk)

Updated on Sunday, May 3, 2020








Longer walk in the Oakland Hills, up the East ridge and then back down the West ridge.

















(8.63 miles, total elevation gain 3,976 feet, 3 hours 1 minutes (average 2.86 mph), view in Google Earth)

Hike starts at: 37.806533, -122.148783.

Fort Funston

Updated on Sunday, May 3, 2020













Fort Funston was part of San Francisco's WWII era coastal defenses and is now a dog friendly part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
















Rudy pegs it down Sand Ladder Trail - the easiest way down to the beach but no so much fun on the way back up.















Battery Davis.



















(2.62 miles, total elevation gain 417 feet, 1 hour 25 minutes (average 1.84 mph), view in Google Earth)

Hike starts at: 37.714383, -122.502167.

Las Trampas Wilderness

Updated on Sunday, May 3, 2020












Las Trampas (the Traps - for elk apparently) is a steep climb up to a gorgeous ridge followed by a slow wind back to the staging area. We wimped out of adding a detour to Devil's Hole due to the heat and the advice of a fellow hiker.
















Rudy and Gill with Mt. Diablo in the background.















Rudy, forced to walk up the hill again just for a photo.

(4.86 miles, total elevation gain 2,920 feet, 2 hours 7 minutes (average 2.29 mph), view in Google Earth)

Hike starts at: 37.816233, -122.051267.