Length: 7.01 Kilometers / 4.36 Miles, terrain flat
By Heather Marr
Thanks, Heather, for this great route along the San Francisco bayside north shore through Chrissy Field to the Golden Gate Bridge! I'm sure this article will start a stampede of people buying orange wallpaint... Also see Heather's more exotic route description for Montevideo Rambla Out-and-Back
Pictures by the photographers at www.Pixelio.de (thanks!) and GoogleMaps StreetView
San Francisco running routes:
Best San Francisco Running Routes: Overview
Marina Green to Golden Gate
Ft. Mason/Fisherman's Wharf/Telegraph Hill/Lombard Street
Golden Gate Park
For more running routes, see Route List.
It’s been over a year since I lived (and ran) in San Francisco, and because I’ve been residing in very flat Uruguay, there’s no way I could immediately start pounding the hills of my former city if I were to visit right now. If you’ve just arrived from a similarly vertically challenged locale, try the following route a time or two before tackling something more challenging. You might even want to take your camera.
|Worth taking your camera? View from Fort Point. Photo by G. S. Rom|
My favorite time to do this route is early morning. It always seemed that the winds were significantly weaker then. Plus, it’s just quieter. Sunset is gorgeous on the rare clear evening, but usually the fog starts rolling in at around 5 p.m. or so. If you go after dark, take a flashlight or wear a headlamp, as parts of this route are not always well lit. In general, temperatures in San Francisco are perfect for running: plus or minus 13 C or 55 F.
The Marina Green to Fort Point Route
Start at the west side of the Marina Green. If you’re driving, there’s a good chance that here you’ll find something quite precious in San Francisco: a free parking space with no time restrictions (well, provided you’re not there between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.). There are also decent public restrooms right next to the Marina Yacht Harbor.
|View towards Golden Gate Bridge from Marina (GoogleMaps StreetView)|
|Marina Boulevard houses, photo by GoogleMaps StreetView|
|Path towards the lagoon, photo by GoogleMaps StreetView|
|Windsurfer near lagoon. Photo by Michaela Schöllhorn|
Side note: Want to paint your living room the color of the Golden Gate Bridge? I knew you did! Just have your paint store mix up a can or two for you using the following information. The PMS code is 173, or the CMYK percentages are: C=Cyan: 0%, M=Magenta: 69%, Y=Yellow: 100%, K=Black: 6% (http://www.goldengatebridge.org/research/facts.php#PaintedIntnlOrange)
When you’ve reached the end of Crissy Field, you can stop to use the restrooms at the Warming Hut Bookstore and Café if necessary. The pedestrian trail ends shortly thereafter, merging into Marine Drive.
|View of Alcatraz, photo by Alexander Hauk|
|Fort Point and the Golden Gate Bridge, photo by W. Broemme|
Turn around and run back toward the Marina Green, enjoying the view of downtown San Francisco (and possibly a lovely tailwind).
If it happens to be around brunchtime when you’re done (in San Francisco, that means anytime between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., but only on weekends), follow in the tradition of the San Francisco Road Runners circa 2004 and head over to Bechelli’s for typical American fare such as bacon and eggs. Located at 2346 Chestnut Street, it’s about a 10-minute walk from the Marina Green, straight down Scott Street (then make a right on Chestnut).