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5 Outdoor Adventures in San Francisco

By Myles Fenwick

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With a mild climate, acres of national parks, and boundless activities – San Francisco is the perfect destination for every single type of active traveller. For the competitive athletes we’ve got shark dodging triathlons, and world-class golf courses. For the hikers we have over 3,000 acres of state parks with mind-blowing views. For everyone in-between we have boundless, sometimes unconquerable, hills dotted with historic landmarks. As a local San Franciscan, there are 5 active activities that I can’t get enough of in this amazing city.

Hike the Mosaic Steps

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Venture to the Inner Sunset district and hike up the 16th Ave Mosaic Steps to get a truly grand view from the Inner Sunset’s Grandview Park. From the peak you’ll be able to take in a panoramic view of San Francisco that rivals the famous Twin Peaks. If its not to foggy, you can see Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Bridge, The Salesforce Tower, and everything in-between!

 

Get lost in a rainforest

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Take a few hours out of your schedule and get lost in the Mount Sutro Forest, ‘The Rainforest of San Francisco’. Tucked behind the UCSF Medical Center are 19 acres of densely packed Eucalyptus trees, which were planted in the late 19th century. On a foggy day the mist enshrouding the trees will transport you to the forests of the amazon. Just remember to bring a hoodie – Mt. Sutro is a bit cooler than the jungles of Brazil.

 

Frisbee Golf 

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Monday through Sunday the Frisbee Golf Course in Golden Gate Park is constantly teaming with pro and novice ‘Frolfers’ alike. If you need to feed your competitive side, go ahead and rent a set of Frisbees from Golden Gate Park Skate & Bike, grab a six-pack of brews from the corner store, jump on the 5 MUNI Line and head West towards 25th and Fulton. If you’re worried that your skill level might not be up to par with the locals – don’t worry! There’s always a friendly group of resident ‘pros’ that will show you the ropes and the do’s and don’ts.

 

Lands End Trail

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Head to the ruins of the historic Sutro Baths on the West side of San Francisco and hike the Lands End Trail. On the hike you’ll be able to take in an alternate view of the Golden Gate Bridge. You can also try your hand at the locally famous – but hidden- Land’s End Labyrinth perched on the edge of a cliff, just off the beaten path. As an added benefit – not too many mega tour busses head to Land’s End, so tourists are few and far between! You’ll also be able to get some snag some awesome Instagrams of the bridge that are guaranteed to get your ‘like’ count into the triple digits.

 

Roller Disco 

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If you’re lucky enough to be in The City on a Sunday, head to The Golden Gate Park Roller Rink for a Roller Disco Party. This weekly event is hosted by -none other than- David Miles Jr. The Godfather of Skate and leader of The Church of 8 Wheels. The rink is located right between the 8th Ave. park entrance and the Conservatory of Flowers. Don’t worry about not being able to find the rink. Just listen for a boom box blaring Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ and look for a man in a gold top hat and purple furry skates. If you’re legs haven’t turned into Jell-o from a day of hiking the hills – grab some skates from Golden Gate Park Skate & Bike. If you’re like me and you’re perplexed by the idea of having wheels on your feet – breathe deep and relax. The members of The Church of 8 Wheels will welcome you into their choreographed roller dance sessions with open arms!

 

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