Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday, October 24 at the Botanical Garden in GG Park!

Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday, October 24 at the Botanical Garden in GG Park.

https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/3287314072

We will tackle the final leg of the Crosstown Trail, which will take us from GG Park, up Park Presidio to the Presidio, to Seacliff, Lands’ End and then the Lookout Visitor Center above the Cliff House. Far less hilly than the last segment of the Trail, along some routes familiar to the club.

From the Lookout, we can either retrace our steps back to the start (for a total of 12.3 miles) or loop down to Ocean Beach and come back through GG Park for a total of just under 10 miles.

Should be a reasonably nice day. Come join us!

I have attached my take on the map, we are covering Segments 4 and 5 of the official trail, with a rerouting of our start. I have also attached the turn-by-turn directions. We will be starting on Segment 4, at the point where the directions mention Stow Lake.

See you there tomorrow!

Jay Kloepfer
President
Half Full Running Club

Crosstown Trail hike-north.pdf

Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday, October 17 at the Botanical Gardens!

Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday, October 17 at the Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park.

It’s expected to be warm tomorrow, but the heat wave is actually peaking today. My highly reliable (ha!) weather app says a high of 84 today (Friday) but down to 75 tomorrow, and temps in the high 60s for the morning.

We’ll stay in the shade Golden Gate Park, with lots of water stops to stay hydrated. Next week, we’ll tackle the third and final leg of the Crosstown Trail, from GG Park up Park Presidio to China Beach, Seacliff and Land’s End.

Member Patrick has designed a new "Criss Crosstown Trail" for us to tackle, starts in the southwest corner of the city (Fort Funston) and finishes on Pier 39. We’ll start on that trail, again tackling it in legs, in the coming weeks. Thanks, Patrick!

Jay Kloepfer
President

Half Full Running Club

Top of the world! Saturday, October 10

Tackled the middle two segments of the Crosstown Trail, GG Park to Glen Park, up and over the "spine" of SF, including a number of scenic staircases, GG Heights, Glen Canyon and Forest Hill. Photo is from Grandview Park, reached after climbing the Hidden Garden Steps (148 steps) off Kirkham and the Moraga steps (163 steps).

Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 Saturday, October 9 at the Botanical Gardens in GG Park!

Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 Saturday, October 9 at the Botanical Gardens in GG Park.

We found this starting point worked well last week, plenty of parking at 8:00 am on a Saturday. JFK is now closed to vehicular traffic on Saturdays.

We will tackle the middle segment of the Crosstown Trail, running south up and over Golden Gate Heights, up and down the two tiled steps off Kirkham and Moraga, then along the "spine" of the city to Forest Hills, across Upper Market and down Glen Canyon to Glen Park. Then we turn around and run back the same route to GG Park!

Plenty of hills, both uphill and down, lots of views, interesting new parts of the city! And clean air! All the meters are reading green today!

Technically, we are running southbound through segments 3 and 2 of the official trail map, with a modified starting point. I’ve attached the turn-by-turn instructions as well as a link to the map I generated below.

Come join us – another Urban adventure!

Jay Kloepfer
President
Half Full Running Club

https://www.mapmyrun.com/routes/view/3473803042

Crosstown-hike-south.pdf

Beautiful day in GG Park October 3, 2020

Sought the protection of the trees today in GG Park (smoke), turned out to be a beautiful day, if a bit humid. Explored new corners of the Park – Botanical Gardens, equestrian trail around the perimeter, redwood grove, oak grove, Prayer Book Cross.

Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday, October 3 from the Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park!

Join us for our weekly long run 8:00 am Saturday, October 3 from the Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park.

Given the Spare the Air warning from the smoke, we are going to try a run through the Park, to let the trees help filter the air. JFK Drive is now closed to vehicular traffic on Saturdays, so we will meet in front of the Botanical Garden, just inside the Park from the 9th and Lincoln entrance. There should be plenty of parking along the streets nearby at 8:00 am.

We’ll gauge the length of our run based on air quality and interest in distance. I have found that staying within the park has helped greatly with air quality on bad air days, the trees serving as a natural filter and screen against the smoke.

Hope to see you out with us tomorrow morning!

We will continue our assault on the Crosstown Trail when the air clears. We had a spectacular day last Saturday, tackling the first 1/3 of the course, doing an out-and-back run from Glen Park to Candlestick Point. Part 2 will take us from Glen Park to Golden Gate Park, over the spine of the City, up Glen Canyon, then Golden Gate Heights to the Inner Sunset and back. Part 3 will take us from 19th and Lincoln through the Park to China Beach, Lands End and the Trail finish at the Cliff House.

Jay Kloepfer
President
Half Full Running Club

Crosstown Trail – Saturday, September 26th, 2020!

Great adventure today! Section One of the new Crosstown Trail, out and back from Glen Park to Candlestick Point (this photo). Incredible variety: urban start, McLaren Park, a series of neighborhood gardens called the Visitation Valley Greenway, then the arid trail to the Point out on the Bay. And then turn around and come back!

Big hills, bigger vistas, a new corner of SF for many runners. 10.5 miles total, on a beautiful sunny day.

More pictures to follow.