Take a heart-pumping, trail and stair-filled climb to the tops of Buena Vista Park, Corona Heights, and Clarendon Height’s Tank Hill with walk leader Randy Wittorp, an avid hiker, cyclist, kayaker and Cole Valley resident, for what promises to be a mini-Peak2Peak.
While these three lesser-known peaks are not part of the set that many have claimed makes San Francisco – like Rome – a city built on seven hills, they do offer some of the loveliest ascents and hilltop views.
Your walking loop will start at the iconic eastern edge of Haight-Ashbury, at the base of the wooded Buena Vista Park. After exploring the eucalyptus, cypress, pine, and local coast live oaks and toyons, as well as the unique footpaths, constructed retaining walls, and rain gutters made of marble during the 1930s, you will head down the southwestern side of the park onto quiet, winding residential lanes.
From there, the hike will ascend the middle of the three-hill walk, taking you to the peak of Corona Heights, the division between the Castro and Corona Heights neighborhoods. After a steep climb to the 300 foot-high peak, you can take in the uniquely expansive views of Potrero and the southern half of San Francisco, as well as the sweep of the City’s northeastern face to downtown.
From Corona Heights the walk heads southeast to reach the final, tallest of the three peaks, Tank Hill. Situated in the Clarendon Heights neighborhood, this mini-park was named for the water tank built there in 1894. Take in spectacular panoramic views from Golden Gate Bridge all the way to the Bayview. Finally, head down into Cole Valley to end the walk back on Haight Street at Masonic.
Enjoy an optional lunch at the Haight Patio Café & Crepery.
Space is limited; RSVP required.
Walk SF’s monthly members walk begins on Saturday, July 23 from 10:00 am to noon – walk will proceed rain or shine, barring high winds or dangerous weather.