Urban hiking in San Francisco

by Heather Dugan on March 1, 2010

The infamous Lombard Street in San Francisco makes for a great cardio workout while on the road

Walking up the infamous Lombard Street in San Francisco makes for a great cardio workout

San Francisco’s drastic changes in elevation are no exaggeration. Cars systematically park with wheels turned in to the curb. The Metro buses and trolleys run strategically up and down the steepest slopes. Women do not wear high heels without ready transportation available. But it’s a great walking city and navigating San Francisco is excellent exercise!

A bike ride to Sausalito and late ferry ride back to the city, a run across the Golden Gate Bridge, and a hike up twisting Lombard Street; San Francisco offers countless adventures best enjoyed on foot. Chinatown is always worth a wander as is the Embarcadero along the Bay. After a ferry crossing, Alcatraz is an engrossing ramble rich with eerie histories. Also, Golden Gate Park, on the western edge of the city, holds miles of parkland and gardens.

The Fairmont San Francisco provides elegant accommodations and memorable dining.  The historic Tonga Room features live music on a floating stage and periodic “rainstorms,” complete with thunder and lightning.

- Heather Dugan of Footsteps


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Jim Nariel March 1, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Hiking in Sanfrancisco? Never thought this woul dbe good but like now to get it a try as I’m coming in April – great info and look forward to the next post

Heather Dugan (Footsteps) March 2, 2010 at 2:16 pm

I’ve hiked up mountains, and I’ve hiked up the hills of San Francisco. The difference? You can get the best tart pomegranate yogurt (at Yoppi Yogurt) while you’re walking the latter! San Francisco is an excellent walking city. Have fun planning your trip!

Chris March 6, 2010 at 12:53 am

I work in San Francisco. If I’m not in a hurry to get back to the office, I love hiking San Francisco. It is truly one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Some of the views are worthy of a postcard. It also provides an excellent workout that helps trim pounds and boost the heart rate. Try hiking up California, Powell, or Jones.

Heather Dugan March 15, 2010 at 9:04 am

Great suggestions, Chris! A scenic view can be great motivation to move on up those hills.

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