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San Francisco Crosstown Trail Part 1: Lands End to Golden Gate Park (Hike 1 of a 4-Hike Series)

Sunday Sept. 22, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Leader: Alina Constantinescu
Start: Outside the Lands End Lookout Visitors Center at 680 Point Lobos Ave. in San Francisco. On-site parking is free, though it’s not always easy to find a spot. Muni bus 38 stops 2 blocks away.
End: Golden Gate Park, Park Presidio Blvd. at Fulton St., on the route for Muni bus 5 and 2 blocks from bus 38.

This fall, the Wanderers are determined to hike the entire length of San Francisco’s latest urban adventure: the Crosstown Trail. We plan to cover the 17-mile route in a series of four hikes, scheduled once a month from September through December. For our September hike, we'll start at Lands End, hike a spectacular stretch of the Coastal Trail through the Golden Gate National Recreational Area, go through the Sea Cliff neighborhood to the Presidio, and wind down along the Park Presidio Greenway to Golden Gate Park. We estimate to arrive at Golden Gate Park around 12:30pm. At this point, hikers can choose to return to Lands End (or other destinations) via public transit or car share. This walk is 4.7 miles with 550 feet of elevation gain.
Optional: Those who would like an extended hike can continue with the group and hike the route in reverse, back to the starting point. Bring a picnic lunch if you are sticking around for the return hike. We will take a lunch break at the Rose Garden in Golden Gate Park before heading back to the start. Estimated end-time for the round-trip option is 3:30 p.m.
Save-the-date for the remaining hikes in the series: Sun., Oct. 27; Sat., Nov. 16; and Sun., Dec. 15.

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