One day in June 2009 I needed a photo of Hawk Hill in the Marin
Headlands. Since I was heading out that way anyhow, I snapped
a photo once every few minutes along the way.
Lobby As a computer programmer, I start counting at zero. Thus,
I took the first photo before leaving my apartment building.
Golden Gate Park Entrance On rare occasion, you'll see a marsh bird on this field. This wasn't
one of those occasions.
Conservatory of Flowers There's a handy path to Arguello Street beside the Conservatory of Flowers.
Arguello and Anza That crane is dismantling the Coronet theater where many old local geeks
saw Star Wars.
Presidio Terrace San Francisco is not as paranoid as Los Angeles, but we do have a gated
Spire (Andy Goldsworthy) We're in the Presidio now.
According to the interpretive text, this piece of art by Andy Goldsworthy
has been here since 2006. I just noticed it for the first time on this
Bay Area Ridge Trail In the Presidio, the Bay Area Ridge Trail was
headed for the Golden Gate Bridge, as was I.
Secret Way to the Dump Still in the Presidio, I split from the Bay Area Ridge Trail.
I took off along
a side access road. It led to a dump--seemingly a dumping area for some
Presidio forestry debris. It didn't seem like the dump had a way out--but
there was a worn trail leading through a thin layer of bushes to a driveway.
I took a photo in faint hope of being able to spot that trail again.
Heading under Highway 1 Still in the Presidio and kind of lost, I cut across a field to head
under Highway 1 in hopes of eventually finding a way to Crissy Field.
Pet Cemetary This must be the way to Crissy Field; I recognize that Pet Cemetary
from the Ghost Patrol game.
Stairs from Crissy Field to Golden Gate Bridge Folks were setting up for a triathlon later in the day.
People put signs up by these stairs saying "Hills for Breakfast"
By Golden Gate Bridge I can see Hawk Hill!
Fort Baker from Golden Gate Bridge At about the spot where we picked up the black strips in
the Justice Unlimited Game, I took a photo of place where
we picked up the Pentomino puzzle in the MacGuffin Game.
Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge (North End) A lot of this area at the north of the Golden Gate Bridge
was fenced off for "seismic retrofit". Those magical words
which can encourage a walker to get the heck off of a bridge.
Vista Overlook At the overlook over Fort Baker, a cycling group gathered.
Ascending the Coast Trail I'd crossed under the Golden Gate Bridge to get to the
trailheads on the West side. I headed up one trail
into the hills.
Fork in the Trail The other time I walked this far, I took the right fork. I was
just looking for a sheltered spot to eat lunch. But this time,
I was on a mission. I took the left fork, the way to Hawk Hill.
Looking back at the Vista Overlook Still on the switchbacks of the Coastal Trail, I looked back
at the Vista Overlook. From here, it looked like the place
was still crawling with cyclists.
View from the Coastal Trail You can see Highway 101, Fort Baker, Angel Island. Altitude is like that.
Big Rock After cresting, the Coastal Trail descended steeply on a dirt road.
I wasn't so fond of this part of the walk. But check out that big rock.
Walking up Conzleman For the final approach to Hawk Hill, I walked along Conzleman Road.
View from Hawk Hill Hey I can see my apartment from here!
Big Rig On my way back from Hawk Hill, I decided to walk along Conzleman.
There was a big rig pulled over to the side of the road. I don't
know whether it was a trucker practicing twisty roads or playing
Tanker Leaving View from Conzleman Road
Battery Spencer This is about as far as the Lester Tang Conjecture made it in
Descending Conzleman Still on Conzleman, but almost to a junction with the coastal trail.
Road to Fort Baker That trailhead place on the west side of highway 101 also has a
road to Fort Baker--not for most cars, but bikes and peds can get
The Other way to the East Road I walked along the water at Fort Baker.
(No photos this time, but I have
old photos of Fort Baker.)
In theory, I walked too far along the water to get onto
East Road without backtracking. But I knew that if I
wriggled past these cones, then turned onto the other
dirt road, then made my way through some weeds, I'd get
to an old stairway up to East Road. The stairway's getting
rickety, though. I wonder if it will still be there
Sailboats Walking along East Road (a.k.a. the Bay Trail), I looked
at sailboats. I was ready to hold my breath when walking
past the sewage plant, but it wasn't so stinky that day.
Alexander Ave Approaching Sausalito Alexander Ave has a lot of traffic and mostly doesn't have a
good place for pedestrians. I was glad to only be on it for
a short stretch.
Sausalito Ferry Plaza
Ferry view of Sausalito Rather than walk the Golden Gate Bridge again, I decided to catch
a ferry back to San Francisco.
Ferry view of the Golden Gate Bridge
Ferry view of Coit Tower
Ferry Building: Acme Bread Co The ferry dropped me off, as you might expect, at San Francisco's Ferry
Building. I stopped off at Acme Bread Co to pick up a sour batard.
Embarcadero Station I decided to catch a streetcar back to my neighborhood. So I waited.
Civic Center Station I caught the N Judah, but it stopped at Civic Center. An announcement
came on the intercom. There was a problem. We'd be going very slowly.
I snapped a photo. We stayed in this station for a while. Eventually,
the doors opened.
Octavia Blvd from the 6 Parnassus Bus ...so I hopped off the streetcar, headed up to Market Street, and
chased down a 6 Parnassus Bus. (And now that I look at this photo
to caption it... I think that guy in front of me with the twisty
Haight Street Fair The 6 Parnassus was even slower and funkier than usual. Why? Because
today was the Haight Street Fair. I wasn't going there. I was ready
to go home.
Parnassus Ave The good news: the 6 Parnassus stops on my block. Soon I was home again.