Wend and Mend

On Saturday, we took a 7.6 mile walk from Glen Canyon Park to the Beach Chalet on Ocean Beach, which brews its own beer for a tasty reward at the end of your journey. This is a top-notch San Francisco urban hike, almost entirely on trails or at least in greenery. It’s ideal for visitors (tourists) who can handle the distance.

360 view of San Francisco from Twin Peaks

Here is a link to the exact route on Google Maps, and here’s an idea of how you do it:

Google Maps image of trail route through San FranciscoA few notes for your journey:

  • At the time of this writing, there is a lot of trail work going on in Glen Park Canyon. If you stick to the canyon bottom you will be able to avoid most of it.
  • There are at least two ways (that I know of) to thru-hike Glen Park Canyon without walking along O’Shaughnessy. One is shown on this map, which briefly takes you out of the canyon into the neighborhood and along Turquoise Way and up to Portola. There is another, rougher route that wends along the opposite side of the canyon (but still along the canyon bottom) and that takes you behind the high school’s grounds. The trail is very narrow and quite steep to climb, but you pop out right beside Portola and the high school. You’ll want to keep watch for blackberry pickers and poison oak. I do not know what, if any, relation this trail has to the Creeks to Peaks trail: it may be the beginnings of it (the descriptions certainly match) or simply a trail that people have made on their own.
  • There are bathrooms at the Twin Peaks overlook but they’ve been under repair lately, so keep that in mind.
  • The short trail alongside Twin Peaks Reservoir is dense with very tall poison oak. If you have dogs and/or children and/or won’t have your arms and legs covered, you may want to avoid this brief chunk of trail and take a road down from Twin Peaks instead.
  • To return to the Glen Park BART station from Beach Chalet, take the 5-Fulton bus and transfer to the 44-O’Shaughnessy at 10th Ave. The 28-19th Avenue bus line runs from Fort Mason through Golden Gate Park to the Daly City BART station, another good option depending on where you live.
  • On weekends and holidays, a free Golden Gate Park shuttle runs the length of the park and picks up just behind Beach Chalet on JFK Drive. This can bring you nearer other bus or train stops (like the L-Taraval or N-Judah) to get you home.

Because we need a fixer (not just a maker) movement, I banned myself from beginning a new knitting project until I mended or finished others. I tidied up my first hand knit pair of socks (imperfect but serviceable), wove in some stray ends on a hand knit washcloth and mended two sweaters:

1) A deadstock, vintage Pendleton with a collar that a triangle had been sliced from while still in its mailer… and that’s all that needs to be said about that. Fortunately my hair passes my shoulders, rendering my mending invisible.

Navy sweater collar


2) A small hole in the rear shoulder seam of the Tinder sweater I knit. I adore Brooklyn Tweed Shelter yarn but it has a tendency to break fairly easily, which means it didn’t last terribly long in mattress stitch. Fortunately the rest of the sweater seems to be holding together just fine.

Tinder sweater by Brooklyn Tweed

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