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Monday, November 11, 2013

Upcoming Hike! Bayview Hill in San Francisco--11/16/2013

Back by popular demand---the hike on a hill with yo' baby or kid!! This is a good one: stroller friendly, views from Mount Diablo to San Bruno to Mount Tamalpais, and probably a place you've never been to before in San Francisco.

Bayview Hill

November 16th, 2013
On top of Bayview Hill
  • Meet at the east end of Key Avenue (cross street: Jennings)
  • 9 am to 12 noon. Try to arrive by 8:45 to factor in the limited parking on Key Avenue. 
Bayview Hill in San Francisco is a great place to walk, especially with a fun group of kids and adults. There is a short distance (less than a quarter mile) uphill, on a wide, paved, pedestrian-only road. Once we reach the top of the hill, there is a flat, circular road---long abandoned, gravelly, and slowly being broken by plants--of no more than half a mile.

Bayview Hill, a 44-acre park, has an interesting history, and is a significant designated natural resource area in our city. The last stand of Islais cherry, a food source for the Ohlone indigenous people, still grows here, as do rare lupine plants that attract very special butterflies, like the Mission Blue. You can often see raptors--hawks and kestrels--flying overhead, or in the trees. There are also wall and staircase remnants of the WPA (Works Progress Administration) from the 1930s, and an Art Deco radio tower building from 1934.

Pack a lunch, water, and dress in layers. We'll still walk if it's light rain (but the forecast looks fine).

If you're in doubt about bringing your baby, rest assured: our eldest came here when she was 13 days old, and our newest--six-month-old twins--are coming up here for their first time.

For more information about Bayview: http://hillbabiessf.blogspot.com/2009/10/nearly-secret-hike-bayview-hill-of-san.html

Download a brochure with map here: http://sf-recpark.org/ftp/uploadedfiles/wcm_recpark/Volunteer/Brochures/BayviewHill.pdf

Directions to the Meeting Location
Key Avenue & Jennings
Public Transit:
  • T-3rd Light Rail
  • CalTrain, Bayshore Station
Heading south on 101:
  • Exit towards Cow Palace/3rd Street
  • Follow signs for 3rd Street/US 101 N/Bayshore Blvd N
  • Stay right at the fork, follow signs for 3rd Street/Bayshore Blvd S
  • Left on Bayshore Blvd
  • Continue on 3rd Street
  • Right at Key Ave
Heading north on 101:
  • Exit 429B/3rd Street
  • Right at Key Avenue

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  1. hi! This sounds like a lot of fun for me, my hubby, our 2.5 yr-old hiker, and 10 mo.-old baby rider. we were wondering if our very active and super sweet dog would be welcome too? she loves the little ones and sometimes has to be reminded not to give them little kisses, but would probably be too busy running and sniffing anyway. just wondering how comfortable other kids and parents would be. thanks!

  2. Yes, a super sweet dog is welcome to join!