Pine Lake to the Panhandle

San Francisco, California

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This hike takes you on a long stretch of the Bay Area Ridge Trail. When complete, the Ridge Trail will be a 550-mile continuous loop above the San Francisco Bay. On this hike, you’ll walk through the center of the city, climbing Twin Peaks, Tank Hill, Mount Olympus, and Buena Vista Park. While the official Ridge Trail route runs alongside most of these hills, this route takes you over them. But it’s not all hills on this hike: you start with a stroll through Pine Lake Park and Stern Grove and then head just moderately uphill through the West Portal and Forest Hill Extension neighborhoods.
Urban Trails San Francisco

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Urban Trails San Francisco

by Alexandra Kenin (The Mountaineers Books)

This hike takes you on a long stretch of the Bay Area Ridge Trail. When complete, the Ridge Trail will be a 550-mile continuous loop above the San Francisco Bay. On this hike, you’ll walk through the center of the city, climbing Twin Peaks, Tank Hill, Mount Olympus, and Buena Vista Park.

While the official Ridge Trail route runs alongside most of these hills, this route takes you over them. But it’s not all hills on this hike: you start with a stroll through Pine Lake Park and Stern Grove and then head just moderately uphill through the West Portal and Forest Hill Extension neighborhoods.

© 2016  Alexandra Kenin /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: San Francisco
Distance: 5.6
Elevation Gain: 950 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Bay Area Ridge Trail; San Francisco Recreation and Park Department
Local Maps: Wawona St. and Crestlake Dr., San Francisco
Driving Directions: Directions to Pine Lake to the Panhandle

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