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A few Lands End Questions

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A few Lands End Questions

On a Thursday morning we are planning to do the 9am segway tour at Golden Gate Park, lunch at Cliff House and then hiking the Lands End trail. I am a little confused on the trail. Does it pick up from Golden Gate Park or do we need to get a bus over? Also, if we walk to the end, is there any public transportation to get us over to FW for our 6:30 Alcatraz ferry?

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1. Re: A few Lands End Questions

From the west edge of Golden Gate Park to the Cliff House is about 3/4 of a mile. And another 1/4 mile to the beginning of the Lands End trail. HOWEVER, the Segway tour that I'm aware of will end at the band shell about 2.5 miles east of the west edge of the Park and 3+ miles from the Cliff House. If you don't want to walk all that way, take the 5-Fulton out to the ocean.

From the Cliff House to the trail, continue walking up the hill. There is a visitor's center and a parking lot at the beginning of the trail.

<<walk to the end>>

There are a couple of places you can leave the trail. One is where it comes out onto El Camino del Mar near the Legion of Honor. It then follows the road up to the Golden Gate Bridge. How far do you want to take it?

The walk from Land's End to Sea Cliff is about 1-2 hours. On to the GG Bridge is another 2.5 miles, much of it uphill.

If you leave the trail when it first hits the road, turn right up the hill, then follow the road to the left, past the Legion of Honor and down the hill to Clement. Turn left on Clement one block to 33rd Ave. and catch the 1-California to the end of the line at Clay and Drumm. Walk over to Market and get the F trolley to Alcatraz.

If you go all the way to the GG Bridge, get the 28-19th Ave (destination Fort Mason) to Chestnut and Laguna. Transfer to a 30-Stockton to Columbus and Bay. You can either walk a mile or so to the Alcatraz Pier or walk 3 blocks to Beach and Jones and get the F trolley.

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2. Re: A few Lands End Questions

To refine/expand on Sal's distance and (GG Park portion) MUNI information slightly

3/4 of a mile would be about average from the west end of GG Park to Cliff House. From the northwest corner of the park to Cliff House is more like a half mile and from the southwest corner of the park it would a mile. Also, the elevation change is semi-significant (since you're talking about then walking the Lands End trail, I don't think this is an issue, but . . . .) If you want to get an idea of the hill, you can see it on Google maps streetview.

Thus, if you walk to the north side of the park and take the 5 Fulton to the west end, you'll have about a half mile walk. Alternatively you can walk to 9th & Irving (1 blocks south of the park) & catch an outbound N Judah which would leave you a couple blocks south of the west end of the park and your walk would be a little over a mile. The main reasons I mention the N Judah as an option are: a) perhaps more frequent (and faster?) service, and b) if you're inclined to get a snack, something to drink, or want to kill some time before walking to the Cliff House the area around 9th & Irving has fair number of shops, restaurants, and bars.


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3. Re: A few Lands End Questions

We are assuming you will end the Segeway tour in the park yes? Fine options above. But if you didn't want to do the uphill climb and save your energy for the trail, you can walk down the hill from GGP and catch the 38 Geary to the top of the hill and right at the Cliff House. If you were really lazy and there is a 44 passing through the park (catch it in frot of CA Academy), take the 44 down to Geary to catch the 38.

When we have visitors, we usually end the walk at the Eagles Point plafform. It is where the trail hits El Camino Del Mar. Beautiful views of the GGP and you get a glimpse of the upper crust's homes leaning off the edge of the hill. From there, you can walk back a few blocks to the 1-California stops.


We took our wedding save the date photo here. They have since renovated it and actually allow weddings here.

Edited: 12 June 2013, 18:19
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