Balboa Park to BareBottle Brewery with a side of whimsy

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Meeting Location: Balboa Park Bart Station outside on Geneva
Date: Saturday August 26
Time: 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Miles: 6
Contact Phone: 805-895-9139 only TEXT if necessary you do not need to RSVP

Hike Description:

We will meet at Balboa Park Bart entrance on Geneva Avenue. From there we will trek over to the Cayuga Playground. One of the park’s most interesting features is the story of its retired and longtime gardener and local legend of sorts, Demetrio Braceros, who transformed Cayuga Park’s naturalistic surroundings into works of art. His unique themed gardens and whimsical woodcarvings were featured on the PBS television series ‘California’s Golden Parks’ and in the San Francisco Chronicle. We will then walk through the Excelsior to John McClaren Park. Established in 1927, the park is named for John McLaren, the ‘grandfather of Golden Gate Park.’ It’s an immense Natural Area of scenic meadows, grassland and wetland habitat. More than 7 miles of walking trails meander through its 312 acres, replete with native plants and wildlife. That will make us super duper thirsty so we will end at BareBottle Brewery on Cortland.

Hike It Up Returns! for Peaks and Pints

Glen ParkMeeting Location: corner of Parnassus and Willard Street (bus stop)
Date: Sunday July 9
Time: 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Miles: 6
Contact Phone: 805-895-9139 only TEXT if necessary you do not need to RSVP

Hike Description:

We begin in Cole Valley on the corner of Parnassus and Willard Street. We will then hike into Mt Sutro Forest (find the fairy gates) cross Claredon Avenue to Twin Peaks Reservoir toward top of Twin Peaks Summit (usually very windy but an amazing view of the entire city). We will hike BOTH peaks cause we can. Then we will head downhill towards Glen Canyon Park. It is a city park that occupies about 70 acres along a deep canyon adjacent to the Glen Park, Diamond Heights, and Miraloma Park neighborhoods. It has amazing views. After exploring the park we will be quite parched and in need of a cold pint at the Glen Park Station. This is a point A to point B so plan accordingly for transportation as we will NOT be returning to Cole Valley where we began but there is a Bart at the end.

Recommended Clothing:

You never know what is going to happen on top of Twin Peaks. Wear layers.

Recommended Food:

Bring water.

Cancellation Condition:

Have you met us? We aren’t afraid of rains…

Dogs Allowed:

No

HIKE IT UP!: 5-Year Anniversary

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Meeting Location: corner of Parnassus and Willard Street (bus stop)

Date: Sunday July 31

Time: 1:00PM – 4:00PM

Miles: 6

Contact Phone: 805-895-9139 only TEXT if necessary you do not need to RSVP

Hike Description:

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY FABULOUS HIKING FRIENDS. We are going back to our original hike…

We begin in Cole Valley on the corner of Parnassus and Willard Street. We will then hike into Mt Sutro Forest (find the fairy gates) cross Claredon Avenue to Twin Peaks Reservoir toward top of Twin Peaks Summit (usually very windy but an amazing view of the entire city). We will hike BOTH peaks cause we can. Then we will head downhill to Tank Hill Park. After that, we will walk through the Haight and then the panhandle to the BarrelHead Brewery. They are going to open up the top balcony for us! We will celebrate 5 years of hiking it up!!

Recommended Clothing: I ordered sun as always but…well it is San Francisco in JULY… wear layers.

Recommended Food: None. Maybe small snack.

Cancellation Condition: If it rains sideways but even so we would just look for rainbows.

Dogs Allowed: No

A Summit then Something to Sip on!

IMG_4102Meeting Location: Daly City Bart (meet on the John Daly Blvd side of the station)

Date: Sunday June 5

Time: 1:00PM – 4:00PM

Miles: 6

Contact Phone: 805-895-9139 only TEXT if necessary you do not need to RSVP

Hike Description:

We will meet at the John Daly Boulevard entrance of the Daly City BART station. THIS IS AN A-B so we are not ending where we start..think about that in terms of public transit. The beverages we will be near Balboa Park Bart.

Located just south of San Francisco, San Bruno Mountain is a great destination for urban dwellers looking for nature close to home. San Bruno Mountain is a favorite spot for wildflower viewing in the Spring and a year-round hiking option. Starting at Daly City BART, this hike takes a neighborhood route to the park, climbs to the mountain’s summit and back down again via a loop trail, we will then head to Broken Record on Geneva for a beer and tater tots!!! or you can end at Balboa Park BART but then you are missing beer and tater tots!

Recommended Clothing: I ordered sun as always but…well it is San Francisco.. wear layers.

Recommended Food: None. Maybe small snack.

Cancellation Condition: If it rains sideways but even so we would just look for rainbows.

Dogs Allowed: No

3 Parks, a Slide and a Pub

Bernal_HeightsMeeting Location: In front of Glen Park Bart

Date: Sunday May 1

Time: 1:00PM – 4:00PM

Miles: 6

Contact Phone: 805-895-9139 only TEXT if necessary you do not need to RSVP

Hike Description:

We will meet at the entrance of the Glen Park BART station. THIS IS AN A-B so we are not ending where we start..think about that in terms of public transit.

We will then hike up Glen Park Canyon to check out the gorgeous vistas and cool rocks. As if that isn’t enough, we will then head east to find Castro Duncan Open Space (they have cool art sculptures). After that we will wander through the Mission toward Bernal Heights. We will find the hidden slide on the side of Bernal Height park before scaling to the top. This is an incredible view of the city. We will then rest our tired feet at a pub in Bernal Heights. MMMM beer! Plenty of buses available for the ride home. This is a long hike but the vistas and company are worth it!

Recommended Clothing: I ordered sun as always but…well it is San Francisco.. wear layers.

Recommended Food: None. Maybe small snack.

Cancellation Condition: If it rains sideways but even so we would just look for rainbows.

Dogs Allowed: No

Park views, the Panhandle, Pretty flowers, and a Pub for Pints!

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Meeting Location: 900 Cole Street, San Francisco

Date: Saturday March 26

Time: 1:00PM – 4:00PM

Miles: 6

Contact Phone: 805-895-9139 only TEXT if necessary you do not need to RSVP

Hike Description:

We will meet at Carl/Cole in front of Kezar Bar & Grill. We will then walk to Mt. Olympus (it’s an odd little park but you get to climb up some cool stairs), criss cross back to Corona Heights Park (WOW this gem it has incredible views and feels like you are in the mountains) then of course we need a little more up in the Buena Vista Park (this park rocks and has a multitude of stairs for the extra butt workout). We will then go towards the Panhandle and cross over to the Conservatory of Flowers to see what’s in bloom and end up at the Richmond Republic Draught House! Oh yeah that is what I’m talking about on a Saturday afternoon!!

This an A-B think about that in terms of transportation.We will not be going back to where we started. Also no RSVP required.

Everyone is welcome to join this hike!

Recommended Clothing: Layers, duh! You know we always stay out later than we think we will.

Recommended Food: None. Maybe small snack.

Cancellation Condition: If it rains sideways but even so we would just look for rainbows.

Dogs Allowed: No

1 Park, 3 Peaks and 1 Pub

Glen ParkMeeting Location:
Outside the Glen Park BART station entrance
Date: Sunday February 28
Time: 1:00PM – 4:00PM
Miles: 6
Contact Phone: 805-895-9139 only TEXT if necessary you do not need to RSVP

Hike Description:

Now that Footballs is over we are returning to Sunday hikes!!!

We will meet outside the Glen Park BART station entrance. From there we will walk towards Glen Canyon Park. It is a city park that occupies about 70 acres along a deep canyon adjacent to the Glen Park, Diamond Heights, and Miraloma Park neighborhoods. It has a nice uphill climb. After exploring the park we will walk across Portola Drive to Twin Peaks. Yup. it’s a two-for-one uphill adventure (and there is always the surprise extra peak). After seeing the views,  I am sure we will be quite parched so we will descend and walk to the Inner Sunset for a frosty beverage at the Social Kitchen Brewery. This is a point A to point B so plan accordingly for transportation as we will NOT be returning to Glen Park.

Recommended Clothing:

You never know what is going to happen on top of Twin Peaks. Wear layers.

Recommended Food:

Bring water.

Cancellation Condition:

Have you met us? We aren’t afraid of rains…

Dogs Allowed:

No