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Urban Hiking in San Francisco
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Urban Hiking in San Francisco

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Updated: 9 February 2017
When you think of a major world-class city, images of the great outdoors and outdoor sporting do not always come to mind. Yet, San Francisco is different than many major cities in certainly more ways than one. Aside from being surrounded by natural beauty like the Redwoods, The Marin Headlands, Mount Tamilpais, Land’s End and of course the Pacific Ocean and the Bay, this city has natural inner beauty as well.
Twin Peaks | ©caltexlcan/Flickr
Twin Peaks | ©caltexlcan/Flickr
Twin Peaks Urban Hike Routes | Courtesy of Google Maps
Twin Peaks Urban Hike Routes | Courtesy of Google Maps

San Francisco’s steep hills make for a great urban hike landscape. If you don’t own a car and find yourself walking a lot, your day-to-day life and commute might even feel like an urban hike. For a great combo of the city’s rich urban culture and natural beauty, try hiking hiking from The Castro Theater to the top of Twin Peaks for some stellar views. Begin around the area surrounding The Castro Theater, then go up Market Street to the Acme Alley stairs. If you follow the trail as mapped out above by Google Maps, you’ll eventually head into the Twin Peaks Park. From there you can venture your way up to the Summit which is the highest point of the city with Panoramic views of absolutely everything! The view from the top will be worth the climb.

Legion of Honor to Sutro Baths | Courtesy of Google Maps
Legion of Honor to Sutro Baths | Courtesy of Google Maps

If something slightly less strenuous, but just as enriching is more up your alley, the route from The Legion of Honor to Sutro Baths is easier and just as picturesque for life’s Instagram-worthy moments. Start, of course, at the Legion of Honor, where you can park and if you’ve got the time, take a spin through the museum. Then, walk all the way down Camino del Mar until you get to the Coastal Trail and follow the way to the Sutro Baths. You may find your way on other parts of the trail to Lands End or Point Lobos.

Say you’re not too keen on blazing your own trail, there are services that can assist you in an urban hike, and you can even go with a group. A great service is Urban Hiker SF. On their website, you can book hikes, tours, and even team building activities for a workplace retreat. They’ll take you to all of the tiled stairways, hidden gems and stunning views that San Francisco has to offer. All you have to do is sign up and show up! Visit the website to book your tour now. Adventure is waiting for you just outside your apartment door.

By Bianca deKock

Bianca deKock is a Bay Area native and UC Berkeley Student soon to be entering her Senior year. Bianca runs a fashion blog The Southern African Belle. Keep up with her latest posts on Instagram at @southafricanbelle and on twitter @SAfcnbelle.