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Urban Hike .. Barbary Coast Trail in San Francisco 5 mi

Bayside Adventure Sports - G1Outdoors
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Apr 14 7:30AM - 9:30AM

4/10/18 weather looks great for Saturday.


Barbary Coast walking tour connecting 20 historic sites and local history museums in San Francisco. Our hike will be around five miles.

7:30 Roseville to Vallejo Ferry
9:30 Vallejo Ferry Building - tickets & boarding
10:00 Ferry departs for SF
11:30 Hike the Barbary Coast Trail Hike - Starting at the SF Mint (88 Fifth Street)
Lunch in North Beach
3:30 SF Pier 41 Ferry Building for boarding
4:00 Ferry departs for Vallejo

Options - meet at the Vallejo Ferry Building at 9:30 or at the SF Mint at 11:15am
Let us know if you will meet at one of the options rather than the Roseville Sunsplash Park & Ride.

The Barbary Coast Trail is a walking tour connecting 20 historic sites and local history museums in San Francisco. Approximately 180 bronze medallions and arrows embedded in the sidewalk mark the trail. The historic sites of the Barbary Coast Trail relate primarily to the period from the California Gold Rush of 1849 to the Earthquake and Fire of 1906, a period when San Francisco grew from a small village to the busiest port on the West Coast. Sites along the trail include the Old Mint, a national historic landmark; Union Square; Maiden Lane; Old St. Mary's, first Catholic cathedral West of the Rockies; T'ien Hou temple, first Asian temple in North America; Wells Fargo History Museum; Pony Express headquarters site; Jackson Square Historic District, which contains the last cluster of Gold Rush and Barbary Coast-era buildings in San Francisco; Old Ship Saloon, once a shanghaiing den; Coit Tower; Fisherman's Wharf; SF Maritime National Historical Park, which maintains a large collection of historic ships; and Ghirardelli Square.

Why it's called the Barbary Coast Trail

The journey to San Francisco was about three months faster by steamer boat through the Isthmus of Panama than by land across America. So, many of those descending upon San Francisco with dreams of getting rich quick came by sea. Imagining California river beds littered with gold just waiting to be collected, they abandoned ship in the bay to head for the hills. In order for steamers to return for more passengers, a nasty business of kidnapping crew to man these boats was common. This gave the San Francisco Barbary Coast its name, recalling pirate and Berber activity off the coast of North Africa.

Where to Find the Barbary Coast Trail

We will Begin our moderate hike at the Old U.S. Mint located at 88 Fifth Street just south of Market Street, which is worth a look inside when it's open -- it's free. The trail proceeds through Union Square through the gates of Chinatown, and out again via Portsmouth Square and Jackson Square. This area around the Transamerica Pyramid was once the actual coastline before late 19th century landfill. Walk through North Beach to Washington Square and Coit Tower upon Telegraph Hill, well worth the climb. Then, it's a picturesque walk along the Embarcadero to Fisherman's Wharf and Hyde Street Pier, home to Balclutha, a 19th century schooner. See Ghirardelli Square and the cable car turnaround with scenic views of Alcatraz and beyond from atop Nob Hill.

We will have three meeting points. For those that want to carpool meet at the Sunsplash Park & Ride at 7:30. Our second optional meeting point is Vallejo Ferry Building at 9:30. The ferry departs from Vallejo at 10.00 AM. Our final meeting place will be in front of the old San Francisco Mint at 11:30 sharp. Please feel free to come directly to the SFO Mint meeting spot.

If you would like you can buy printed and digital tour guides online. Here are a few links.

Mid point in our hike we will stop in North Beach for a pizza lunch at 1462 Grant Ave.

Ending the day at Pier 41 ferry terminal near Fisherman's Warf. The Ferry departs SF at 4:00 and 6:30 PM. Arrive 20 min prior to departure for boarding, 30 min if you need to purchase tickets.

What to wear?

Layers with a warm wind proof jacket, comfortable hiking shoes.

What to bring?

Water, sunscreen, sunglasses, backpack, morning & afternoon snacks.

Other information

This hike is moderate with a total distance around five miles. It will be appropriate for hikers of various levels. Adults & students middle school and up.

Current Bayside Adventure Sports membership

Bring money for lunch and ferry tickets both ways $28.40 adults, $14.20 youth up to 18. Adult Clipper Card 10.70 each way (as of 3/18/18)

How to find us:Roseville Sunsplash Park n Ride 7:45 | Vallejo Ferry 9:30 | SF Mint 11:15

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