Why Living in the San Francisco area is so great - Reason #9--City Hikes!
Some people are surprised that as empty nesters my husband and I chose to move to San Francisco, especially when we both work on the Peninsula.After all, they reason, you like to hike. Well, that's perhaps one of the reasons we did move to San Francisco -- hiking in San Francisco is wonderful.
For example, last Monday I wrapped up work at 4:30, and headed out for a fast-paced 90 minute walk. After being at my computer all day, I wanted the challenge of some hills and staircases, along with the fantastic vistas.
My route turned out to be about 4.3 miles, but what the map doesn't show is the terrain!
- I started UP to the top of Lafayette Park, along the crest of the hill, DOWN to Cow Hollow, ACROSS Van Ness and UP to the very peak of Russian Hill.
- A two-block long staircase took me DOWN to North Beach, ACROSS Columbus Avenue, and UP to Coit Tower at the top of Telegraph Hill.
- Another staircase took me DOWN to the spot where I usually see a few (or lots!) of the "wild parrots of Telegraph Hill," then another set of stairs DOWN to Green Street, through Chinatown and North Beach.
- Back UP I went, "enjoying" the killer stairs on Vallejo Street to the top of Russian Hill, and then a gentle downslope back home.
I came home happy, hungry, and feeling healthy. Hiking in San Francisco is fantastic!
City living, at its best! Are you ready to find your spot?