Golden Gate Trailblazer: Where to Hike, Stroll, Bike, Jog, Roll in San Francisco and Marinby Jerry Sprout, Janine Sprout
A book for the active traveler wishing to explore beyond the common San Francisco-Marin tourist destinations. A primer for those wishing to ramble, scramble, or scoot the trails within the natural splendor of this world-famous area. Organized geographically, each section is prefaced with colorfully written historical and topographical background followed by a detailed map. The trailhead portion follows offering specific driving directions and activity descriptions. Things-to-do range from high-energy treks for adventurers to leisurely outings for the whole family.
A Best Of section allows readers to pick an activity that suits the day and mood such as "Hike-To Beaches and Coves", "Docks, Piers, Jetties", Places to Wow the Houseguests", "Summits To See It All", "Beach Runs", Coastal Bluff Bike Rides", "Woodsy Wheelchair Rides", "Baby Stroller Sea Air Trails", "Bay Kayaking Waters", "Lake and Bay Side Skate/Scooter Paths" and "Family Outing Mini Walks". Some 175 photographs give readers an idea of what's in store. A lengthy Resource Links section provides contact numbers for parks and campgrounds, groups and organizations, museums and attratctions, as well as selected local eateries and accommodations - ranging from swank to rustic. A special Website page lists "Visitor Info", "Events", and "Public Agency" sites for up-to-the-minute entertainment and essentials. A special two page directory is dedicated to dog owners. Listed are regulations and directions to dog parks, open space preserves and special paths. The world-famous Golden Gate Bridge is also featured with interesting facts, photos and statistics. This is the most comprehensive book to pack take along.
Author Biography: Having been reared in San Francisco and Marin, Jerry and Janine Sprout have chosen their hometown trails for the subject of their third book. Golden Gate is a follow-up to Alpine Trailblazer, a guide to the Sierra from Tahoe to Yosemite, and Kauai Trailblazer. The couple have been seeking new trails together for more than 20 years.
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Best for: A whiff of Flower Power lingers at San Francisco's famous intersection. Nearby are two parks with city views and an excellent children's museum.
Parking: From the north or south, take Highway 1, which is 19th Ave., to Fulton St. on the north border of Golden Gate Park. Turn east on Fulton. Note: Traveling south, you can't turn left off 19th Ave.; turn right on Cabrillo, the street before Fulton, and then make two lefts in order to cross 19th Ave. on Fulton. Head about a mile east on Fulton and turn right on Stanyan St. Go 4 blocks to Haight St. and park-you may have to park in the vicinity and walk to the corner of Haight and Stanyan to begin the stroll. Bus: SF Muni 33, 43
Agency: San Francisco Recreation and Park Department; *Special Interest: Kids
STROLL: Haight Ashbury and Panhandle loop (1.25 mi.); Haight Ashbury, Buena Vista Park and Corona Heights loop (2.75 mi.)
All strolls begin at historic Alvord Lake Bridge, a pond and small park that is the tunnel entrance to the east end of Golden Gate Park. This is the oldest roadway tunnel in California. Cross Stanyan and proceed up Haight Street. The block was once home to the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin and Jefferson Airplane. The Haight still resonates sixties themes, with colorful clubs, ethnic cafes, head shops, used records, tattoo parlors, vintage clothing, and psychedelic junk stores-visited by tourists of every stripe and this century's version of street kids. For the full effect, begin this stroll after noon on weekends; this is not an early-bird type of street. Two blocks past Haight and Ashbury, at Central Avenue, the street scene fades. For the Panhandle loop, go left on Central for two blocks until you hit the Panhandle, a block-wide and .75-mile-long greenbelt tagged on to the east end of Golden Gate Park. Take the bike path to your left, about .5-mile back to Stanyan Street.
For the Buena Vista and Corona Heights loop, cross Central Street, and then Buena Vista Avenue West. Go up the broad set of concrete stairs, followed by a steep asphalt path. Buena Vista is a hilltop park with several meandering paths, large cypress and eucalyptus trees and, as its name suggests, views of almost all quadrants of the city. At the top of the first asphalt path is a playground with northward views. From the playground, wind your way up to the buena vista, a grassy knoll on top with tree-filtered views. Then head down the utility path on the south side of the knoll to get an enticing glimpse of Corona Heights, a primitive chert crag juxtaposed above the hubbub of upper Market Street. To get there, continue to the corner of Upper Terrace and Buena Vista Avenue. Go down Upper to a quaint, five-street intersection, where you hang a sharp left, downward, on Roosevelt. After one block veer left at Museum Way into the park-to your left will be a dog park with city views. Take the path around and up. From the top, you'll see Sutro Tower due west; Twin Peaks are to the south . . ."
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