The Hike

The Hike

Dave and Bill Hikes
San Francisco Hike No. 3

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Hike Date:        Saturday, April 28        (backup date: Sometime in the Fall)

Start Time:       10 AM   (Please arrive at least by 9:30 AM)

Meeting Place:  Christopher Playground SF Police Academy Parking Lot


Click to view (and optionally print) hike location in the city

Click to view (and optionally print) overview of hike


If you are a veteran of one or both of the the previous SF walks, you might enjoy viewing where this walk is in relation to the previous two.
For the  first walk look for

For the second walk look for

While looking at the maps, also note that this time we will be looking west, instead of east to view Twin Peaks and Sutro Tower.


The walk is about 10 8 miles with a number of hills and stairs. Depending on your speed if you did the entire walk, including a 45 minute lunch break and time browsing the shops, it might take up to 7 hours. There are several options to shorten the walk. More details are below.


There will be a limit of 95 participants. An online Registration form will be available starting Sunday, April 1. After registering you will be assigned a confirmation number which you can print. Treat the print copy as if it were a concert or theatre ticket; bring a copy to sign up at registration.


There will be a sign-up sheet the day of the walk. You will also be required to sign a Release-of-Liability form. We will hand out name tags to help keep us together in this urban setting.


We are asking a $5 donation per person. Many of the best walks, including this one, are located deep in residential neighborhoods. Access to public restrooms is not always available. Sometimes we have to pay for weekend access to restrooms in some parks along our route(see Restrooms tab) and generally we have to pay the city for a permit to eat at the park. Also we need to build up funds for future walks in the city; the fees for some walks could be considerably higher to get access to the necessary facilities. The donation jar will be placed next to the sign-up spot.


The 9.8 7.7 mile walk is divided into four parts.

  1. Diamond Heights neighborhood (3 miles)
  2. Glen Canyon Park (1.1 miles) (we will eat our bring-your-own lunches here.)
  3. Noe Valley neighborhood, including shopping area (3.6 miles)
  4. Dolores Heights neighborhood (2.1 miles)


There are options to terminate the walk early

  1. At the end of the Diamond Heights walk  (part 1) (You would miss lunch)     
  2. At the end of the Glen Canyon walk        (part 2)
  3. Skip the Dolores Heights walk                (part 4).


There is one very steep block that must be traveled to get to the Noe Valley shopping area (part 3). It can be a strain just to walk down it. There is an option to take a city bus, to and from the Noe Valley, instead of walking.


There are restrooms at the assembly point. There aren’t any restrooms at the lunch site, but there are some near by. On the walk restrooms should never be more than two hours apart. For more details click the TheHike->Restrooms tab. Also there will be information about restrooms in the descriptions of the individual hikes.


Traditionally Dave and Bill have a policy of hiking rain or shine, but they are making an exception for the S.F. Hike due to the fact that the sightseeing experience on the SF hike would be greatly diminished in foul weather.


So this year we are adding a backup date. At Dave and Bill’s discretion if it looks like foul weather is imminent for Saturday, April 28, they might postpone the walk and later reschedule it sometime in the Fall. Notices to all registrants, via email, could be sent as late as 8 PM Friday, April 27. So you should check your email before leaving for the hike.


If the walk is postponed, all registrations will be voided. A new, independent registration process will be conducted several weeks prior to the Fall walk date.

Some things to think about:

Don’t over do it!
If you were to do just part of the walk, you would likely find this amply rewarding. It is far wiser to just enjoy yourself. And you can always purchase a copy of the Stairway Walks book and come back to do another walk.

Also if you don’t want to walk down (and back up) the steep block to Noe Valley, taking the bus can be a fun and educational option. It’s fun to just sit back and enjoy the view. It’s educational because you will gain valuable experience in use of Muni, San Francisco’s bus and light rail system; generally a car in San Francisco is a liability. Jim Dennis will happily accompany anyone that wants to take the bus into the Valley. Because people may be returning at different times, you may have to go back by yourself. There is documentation on this site that explains what you need to do.


Some more Dont’s

Some differences from our traditional hiking in parks are:



A  Walk for both: Moderate and Aggressive Hikers

Both moderate and hard-core hikers will likely be thrilled with Parts 1 and 2 of this walk. The hard-core, particularly those in training for the Yosemite trip in May, will likely welcome the steep grades, into and out of the Noe Valley, in Part 3.

Jim Dennis will accompany those that choose to bus into the Noe Valley. The bus ride offers some of the milder thrills of a roller coaster ride while at the same time offering panoramic views of the East Bay. Because some people may linger to more thoroughly explore the shops Jim may not be accompanying everyone back to the assembly point. But on the way down he will help prepare people for an independent return.
See Transportation->Bus-To-NV and Transportation->Bus-From-NV