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San Francisco Urban Hike
October 9, 2021


Three Famed Hills and Neighborhoods of San Francisco


San Francisco, the cool, gray City of Love, has 48 named hills. But only 7 hills were named when the magnificent foggy and enchanting San Francisco was christened in 1847. On Saturday, October 9, the Woodland Outdoor Wanderers will trek 3 of these famous hills to capture scenic views while learning about San Francisco's unique cultural history. 

 Arriving by the Richmond Ferry, we will wander from the landmark San Francisco Ferry Building through Levi Plaza to Telegraph Hill.  Crowned by Coit Tower with its famous Diego Rivera murals, Telegraph Hill became a favorite neighborhood for some of the City's original Irish immigrants. Later, the Hill drew bohemian artists and writers. The latest immigrants to the hill include the famed parrots of Telegraph Hill of book and movie fame. Trekking down the back side of this hill leads into the Italian enclave of North Beach, scene of the 1950s "Beat" and jazz culture with its innumerable cafes and the City Lights bookstore. Here, we will dine for lunch at any number of fine restaurants.

 Russian Hill, named after the Russian cemetery that was discovered by early settlers of the area, is the next stop. We will explore some of the earliest rustic brown shingled cottages from the 1890s, a style of building which sought to connect with nature, which morphed into the Bay Region style centered in the Berkeley hills. Ina Coolbrith Park, named after California's first Poet Laureate who lived nearby, has commanding views of Alcatraz and Angel islands. We will stroll through wooded Macondray Lane, inspiration for Alistair Maupin's "Barbary Lane", the setting for his Tales of the City book. 

 "Nob" is a British slang word that refers to the wealthy upper crust. The Hill was originally called California Hill. The name was short-lived as the neighborhoods built at its crest included mansions of the wealthiest San Franciscans, such as railroad barons, Stanford, Crocker and Hopkins, and mining magnet James Flood earning the name Nob Hill. With the exception of the Flood Mansion, the Mark Hopkins and Fairmont hotels and Grace Cathedral replaced the Gilded Age mansions destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire. 

 This San Francisco sojourn should be a peak experience for all hikers.  Woodland cultural historian David Wilkinson and Bay Area resident and architect, Roger Klemm, will lead this urban hike. 

 A mid-hike break -- a stop for Espresso or gelato in a favorite bohemian café – will offer respite and a recharge for our trek in lovely fall weather. Hikers should be in hill-climbing condition. This will be a full day of walking with several rest stops, finishing back at the Ferry Building to catch either the 4:30 pm or 6 pm ferry back to Richmond.  

 Participants will meet at the Woodland Presbyterian Church's parking lot on the corner of Road 98 and West Gibson Road at 8:00 a.m.  After an overview of the day, hikers will drive to the Richmond Ferry terminal and catch the 9:50 am boat to the SF Ferry Building where the hike will begin at 10:30 am. We are asking everyone over 12 be fully vaccinated for Covid to come on this hike.  People who have been fully vaccinated may make their own carpool arrangements or meet the group at the Richmond Ferry or in San Francisco for the start of the hike.  

Wear good walking shoes and dress in layers as the weather is changeable.  Bring a mask, water, sunscreen, and money for the ferry and for lunch.  You may bring your own lunch.

 For more information, contact David at davwilk@pacbell.net or (916) 712-9461.

The Woodland Outdoor Wanderers is a community-based organization open to all, and dedicated to introducing Yoloans to their natural and cultural environments, and to each other.  Visit www.woodlandoutdoorwanderers.org for information on future hikes.

For any questions please phone or email Kathy Trott  (530) 668-6121 / kathyjtrott@gmail.com 



Woodland Outdoor Wanderers 2021 Hikes

Date                           Place                                                                                                                   Leaders

Oct. 9                      San Francisco Urban Hike                                                         David Wilkinson & Roger Klemm    

Nov. 21                     Potluck Dinner to plan a full 2022 hike schedule


Woodland Outdoor Wanderers is a community organization dedicated to providing opportunities for Yoloans to get to know their cultural and natural heritage, and each other.  Email kathyjtrott@gmail.com for more information.  HIkers meet up at in the church parking lot unsless otherwise noted.  Click Here for a printable PDF of the hikes