A Social Distancing Roam on Russian Hill
January 2 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Please note: these current postings are designed to be undertaken on your own, whenever is convenient for you. We are not allowed to roam freely en masse these days, but we are allowed to get exercise. The dates are there purely to keep the Meetup forms happy.
I have created a Google doc with all the details below, and a route map and some photos (since I find it really hard to upload them to this site), if that is easier for you to use:
This one is not as long as some of the other routes, but it is all up and down, so think of it as an urban stairmaster workout, with better views:
Start at the Maritime Museum.
Enjoy a moment by the water.
Look for Dolphin Club swimmers.
There is a bathroom in Ghirardelli Square, but it may not be open.
If not, there may be one open at the Museum, but there aren’t really any others en route.
From Beach St, walk up Larkin St two blocks to Bay.
Cross Bay and climb the staircase alongside the open space that is being turned into a park.
You can read up on the history of water supply in 19th C San Francisco:
Continue straight up the hill until you get to Lombard St.
Cross and enter the park.
Go up the stairs.
Find a place to sit where you can see the bridge.
Take one of the paths to the south end of the park, and turn left onto Greenwich St.
Cross Hyde St, then continue down the steps, enjoying the flowers.
Turn right on Leavenworth St and walk uphill.
After crossing Filbert, look out for Havens St on the right.
It is a dead end, but it is a nice quiet spot (and I think there’s a little bench there).
Back on Leavenworth, cross Union.
On the opposite side of the street to Havens St, look for Macondray Lane.
Enjoy the lane, especially the second block, once you have crossed Jones.
Take in the views of the bay.
At the bottom of the stairs, turn right on Taylor – more uphill!
At the top, turn left into Ina Coolbrith Park.
Check out her history:
Find a place to sit where you can enjoy the views and the sound of church bells.
Start the return leg by climbing the steps of Vallejo St across from the park (mind the traffic crossing Taylor).
Check out the historical plaque at the top.
At the end of the next block (after Russian Hill itself), turn right onto Jones St.
Walk down two blocks, past Macondray Lane.
Cross Union turn right on the far side.
Look for the Marion Place sign a few buildings along, and follow the path down.
One side of the path continues to a little stepped garden.
Sit and enjoy possible the most secluded place in the old city.
Go down to the bottom and turn right along the alley.
Turn left on Taylor at the end.
Cross Filbert and turn left on Valparaiso.
Turn right at the first alley.
Turn left at Greenwich, then right on Jones.
Unless you have a particular desire to walk up Lombard St (though this may be the best time to do it), continue to Chestnut St, and turn left at the Art Institute.
At Leavenworth, turn left to enter Fay Park, just past the house on the corner.
If there are roses blooming, enjoy those.
Leaving the park, turn right on Leavenworth, then keep to the left when the road splits to two levels.
At the end of the houses, look for the sidewalk going up to your left.
When you reach Hyde St, turn right down by the park, and hope that it opens soon.
At Bay, your starting point is two blocks along and two blocks down, so pick any combination to arrive.
Take another moment to enjoy the waterfront.