San Jose, California
September 10, 2005
Golden Gate Bridge
The magnificent structure of the Golden Gate Bridge is surrounded by some of the most beautiful coastline in our area, and is also home to much wildlife including wild flowers, bobcats, squirrels, many gulls, albatross, and sometimes whales and other marine creatures.
From San Jose take the 101 north or 280 north into San Francisco. Continue north to the Golden Gate Bridge. There are plenty of signs to direct you. Take the very last exit just before you get on the bridge, turn right into the Presidio and left at stop sign, then take the first left into Battery East parking lot. Parking is free but please show up early and carpool, for this lot will fill up. We will meet at the parking lot and start the hike at 10:00 AM.
From the Battery East parking lot in San Francisco, we will follow a trail that will lead us to the entrance of the bridge. From here, it is about three miles over the bridge and back. After crossing the bridge, we will follow a road west, dropping 400' to the ocean. Our meeting will be at Kirby Cove. Total distance is about seven miles. Level 2.
Even though it is September, the weather here is very unpredictable. Walking across the Godlen Gate bridge is like being on the ocean and can be cold and wet--or clear and warm. Please dress in layers and be prepared for high winds and fog. Sorry, no bicycles on the side of the bridge we'll be on, and no dogs on the trails. Wear sunscreen and watch out for poison oak. Contact your host, Tom L., for more information.Text version of this page for quick printing without the pictures