This Week’s Walk Destination
“Walk ‘n’ Talk” either along Land’s End Trail in San Francisco, or from Ken Mercer Park in Pleasanton on Saturday, February 15
You have two choices for this Saturday, depending in part on how much time your schedule permits. Land’s End Trail – as the name suggests – is at the western edge of San Francisco, 44 miles from Pleasanton. We can carpool at 8:00 a.m. from the northwest corner of the intersection of Bernal and Valley avenues, parking in front of the as-yet-unopened Cook’s Seafood Restaurant. We should get to the Land’s End Lookout Visitors Center (680 Point Lobos Avenue, San Francisco) by 9:30 to begin our scenic walk. There are some hills and stairs and unpaved portions of this trail. Some drivers and passengers may wish to stay afterward for a no-host brunch at a nearby restaurant, such as The Beach Chalet, before heading back.
The local option is to meet Walk Star (volunteer leader) Bob Pratt at 9:00 a.m. at Ken Mercer Park for a new walking route from the park (located at 5800 Parkside Drive, off of Hopyard Road). Instead of turning in to the second parking lot, continue straight to the farthest parking lot. Meet Bob by the playground equipment at that end of the park for an hour to “Walk ‘n’ Talk” together. Instead of circling this one park, the group will walk as far as the bridge over the canal to get to adjacent Woodthrush Park. “Then we’ll traverse through the local streets to the Iron Horse Trail on the west side of Santa Rita, and then follow the Arroyo Mocho back to the sports park,” says Bob. This group will be walking on level, paved and unpaved trails and sidewalks.
As always, we encourage you to wear comfortable shoes and to dress in layers for the changing temperatures. Remember, we walk rain or shine…unless the rain is blowing sideways…but no rain is forecast for the rest of February, sad to say.
Walk Calendar -February 2020
FEBRUARY 15 = Land’s End (Apple Park Visitor Center – San Francisco) or local option TBA
FEBRUARY 22 = Marilyn Kane Trail, with Mr. Pedometer, 8:00 and/or 9:00 a.m.
FEBRUARY 29 = Koll Center, with Mr. Pedometer, 8:00 and/or 9:00 a.m. Optional no-host brunch afterward at the Stable Cafe, Fairgrounds Gate 12
We are planning monthly out-of-town walks for 2020. We also are seeking Walk Stars (volunteer leaders) to lead alternative local destination walks on these dates.
MARCH 21 = Leland Stanford Jr. University campus, Palo Alto
APRIL 18 = Apple Park Visitor Center
MAY = TBA
JUNE 27 = Sycamore Grove Trail, Livermore, with optional no-host brunch midway at Wente Grill
JULY 18 = TBA
AUGUST 22 = Iron Horse Trail, Danville
SEPTEMBER 12 = Lafayette Reservoir Trail
OCTOBER 10 = Lake Chabot Trail, Castro Valley
NOVEMBER 7 = Stairways of Berkeley
DECEMBER 12 = San Francisco Transit Center
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