I'm trying to imagine why there are so few reviews. There was a Bay Trail before there were lots of other very popular places and items.
My 5 stars relate to the part of the trail accessible from my home in Albany. I used to run 8 to 10 miles of it daily from year 2000 to November 2006. I'd include Tilden Park if I wanted to get ready for a marathon or other long trail race. For my birthday in November 2006, I decided to take up more tai ji and then cycling in place of running to heal up all of my joints, especially ankle joint. Now I know that I've been healing my back, hips, knees and so much else.
I have a pretty nice cyclocross bike that makes the Bay Trail accessible from Emeryville all the way up through Berkeley, Albany, and Richmond on out to Point Richmond if I add in some Cutting Blvd on the north end of the ride. My friends at Grizzly Peak Cyclists gave me the lesson to take it that far in order to enjoy that sleepy little town Point Richmond.
I agree with Ligaya T. that the Bay Trail is one of the most beautiful places to be during any dry day. I happen to live on Albany Hill. So it's my quick go to place. If I lived up the hills above the Marin Circle, then I'd be more likely to ride up into Tilden Park and drop down into the Canyon then up to Inspiration point via the trail by the Meadow. I do that any way on a really sunny Saturday or Sunday. I just don't much care for the mean streets of Albany and Berkeley that I have to traverse to get to Tilden Park from Albany Hill.
Glad to live near the Bay Trail as this is generally all the refreshment that I need for a day's worth of outdoor exercise.
The Albany Bulb looms large as one of the reasons I selected a home on Albany Hill when moving from San Francisco (aside from property values). I had always lived near Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach or Lincoln Park in SF ... some place to go for a morning run and an afternoon walk ... often on the same day.
The Albany Bulb is as wild or wilder than the Lands' End trail going past Lincoln Park along the Golden Gate to Sea Cliff. Plus Albany Bulb has a full on sculpture gardens of the spontaneous variety.
I hear that a tiny chunk of it will soon be a part of the Bay Trail which is alright with me. However, I'd rather not see any part of the Bulb go the way of the Gilman Street soccer fields. They had to pave over a lot of rabbit homes and other habitat in order to create 4 hour per day habitats for a few humans. I played intercollegiate soccer at 17 to 19, but still don't approve of wrecking coastal habitat to do it. Just a view of someone who passes by the place every day for the past 10 years. The Bulb is way too precious to waste in any such fiasco.
There's a lot of personal history for whole generations of kids including this somewhat older kid. I've talked with many a friend on the Castle. Had early success practicing my Liu He Ba Fa movement style on the big field opposite the parking area. Had a decent look at August shooting stars some years back while laying on my back staring at the MIlky Way as advised.
It's a safe place by the Bay in a region where "safe" is not often heard. Makes a person glad they live in Albany ... the little oasis by the Bay.
Having lived on 44th Avenue in the latter half of the 1990s, this was my near daily go-to trail .... weekday evenings and weekend mornings. I usually started the walk with a stroll through Sutro Heights. Then my partner and I would walk through to Land's End trail from the west end and make it all the way to the China Beach vicinity. She would always want to visit the "million dollar homes" (now multi-millions) of Sea Cliff and stroll back along Clement Street so we could swing in the kid swings ... we're rather little people: she claims to be 4' 10" .... I claim to be 5' 2". So we never stressed out the swings.
This trail has many favorite spots for looking out across the Gate at the Bridge, the Marin Headlands and also out to sea.
It's also easy to change plans quickly and dash up the many steps at the midpoint and cut across the little single track pathway and the golf course path to the Palace of the Legion of Honor. It's possible to drop down from there through the Avenues to Yu Zhen for sushi ... or to the Golden Gate Park for further walking.
I truly love this little circle of pathways and have traversed it surely 1,001 times for as many stories as Scheherazade can tell.
I agree with Ziyan C. Having been a former medical student constantly looking for affordable goodies, I'm still at it after all these years. She's right though. Last summer I came here to buy tea. I barely remembered to do so. For the price of parking and for the price of some nice tea, I got my stomach filled with the most sensuously delicious treats. It was nuts. I didn't mean to do it at all. Way too many things snuck up on me.
So for our next Tour-de-SF before going to Telegraph Hill or the Mission or Japan Center, we have to start here. Get a quick and delicious fill of exquisite samples. Then start collecting our 10,000 steps up Embarcadero toward the other fun stuff. I'd like to see how things look differently in the winter ... and in each subsequent season as well.
For several years from 1996 to year 2000 I used to live a couple of blocks to the east of SH, and Sutro Heights served as my front yard and the beginning of my daily walks. When people would ask where I lived, I'd reference this park. Roy N. is correct about it's obscurity because people would then ask where Sutro Heights is, and I'd say high above the Cliff House looking out to sea in the NW corner of San Francisco. People would then mistakenly offer their condolences for my having to live in a cold, wet, and windy place. Actually the weather clears from the beach eastward. Many were the days when Sutro Heights was in the sun and the cloudy-foggy weather was hung up on Twin Peaks. It's warmer in the winter and cooler in the hot late summer due to the moderating influences of the sea. I'd also get a built in daily walk from Sutro Heights to Lands End to the pathway north of Lincoln Park wherein I could walk to Sea Cliff or pop up past the Legion of Honor. Many walking options in Sutro Heights.
I've lived in the Avenues since the late 70s (Richmond or Sunset districts). So many were the sunny and warm days that it was the go-to spot for my son's birthday when he was a youngster. Later it was the spot for the birthday picnics of many close friends and family members.
My photos "looking south" from Sutro Heights are not as clear as Roberto F.'s or Toro E's. As Roy would say, it's one of the most glorious places on sunny days in the City because it feels so far away from urban life.
I find it nice to visit there these days to see the status of the Proteus blossoms that bloom for a surprisingly long period of time. See:
On the warmest moments of the day ... usually in midafternoon ... you'll get to see hummingbirds zipping about sampling the flowers that are just about to bloom big time throughout the spring and summer.
The readings about Adolph Sutro's home on this site are very interesting and give one a sense of the history of area. There are a few iconic fixtures left like the Gazebo pictured here on Flickr:
This is still one of my favorite meet-up places for a walk and talk or even a picnic and party.
|My local dry cleaner, watering hole, deli, cafe, etc.||When the sun goes down, you'll find me here.|
|My deepest thanks to my community of Yelpers for the love. My mission is to describe how to have a five star experience with businesses that I frequent. I can't always change the world, so I need to sometimes change myself and my approach in order to succeed.||From the options for balanced endogenous-exogenous treatments to learning and acquiring the practices of the Dark Virtue. I've included one bodyworker who also understands the kinesiology of qi gong.|
|I have led many a seasonal walk over the years through my beloved SF. The People on the Path of Life walks include former students, best running pals, and people I've simply met while out under the sky who were kind and vividly alive. Many of the early walks (1980s) were in GG Park and Avenues off each side. Lately I've come to describe these walks as Tour de SF or on the other side of the Bay, Tour de East Bay walks. I'll keep this list as an SF list. I started writing reviews at Yelp and exploring the East Bay in order to "heal" from the emotional trauma of moving from my beloved SF to my current home in Albany .... which is becoming more beloved with time. Still have to return to cultural and artistic diversity of SF and the tens of thousands of miles of walking I've done on those streets over the decades. My practice in the 80s and 90s was to walk 5 or 6 miles every evening on a different route from my home in the Richmond or Sunset districts ... and to include such walks on weekends in other SF neighborhoods like Telegraph Hill, Chinatown, FiDi, Mission, SOMA, even Glen Park-Mt. Davidson while waiting for qi gong class to start, and lately Potrero Hill. Also lately I'm walking more on Lyon Street up and over Pacific Heights to Lyon Steps, Presidio, Marina, Union St. and beyond. Morning distance runs were on Ocean Beach those days ... and on the Bay Trail in this last decade. Traveling by foot offers the ultimate in touring SF.|
"Mostly the good news"
Albany, CA, Vereinigte StaatenYelper seit
Februar 2008Dinge, die ich mag
Mainly the good stuff, mostly 5 star, and I feast on walking, tea houses, joyful conversations, life under the skies of SF.Hier bin ich häufig anzutreffen
Berkeley Hills or many parts of San FranciscoHeimatort
San Francisco, CAWenn ich nicht gerade yelpe, dann ...
I'm teaching or walking arm in arm with a best friendWarum du meine Beiträge unbedingt lesen solltest
I try to report strategies that bring about good times and good fortunes.Was ich zuletzt gelesen habe
Charles Mann's 1493, Red Pine's Taoteching, Alfred Crosby's booksMein erstes Konzerterlebnis
1966 Newport Folk Festival with Arlo Guthrie, Bob Dylan banned for electricityMein Lieblingsfilm
Eat Drink Man Woman, TampopoMeine Henkersmahlzeit
My own shiitaki and vegetable soup with a salad.Erzähl's nicht weiter, aber...
Evening walks and morning trail runs make me happy.Meine neueste Entdeckung
various vegan buffet restaurants. The value of walking backwards.Ich schwärme gerade für