I often begin at the top of the West edge of the hill overlooking the piers of World War II embarkation and disembarkation below and the grand view of the Marina with the Palace of Fine Arts peeking out at the other end and the Golden Gate Bridge sometimes covered with fog and sometimes in the sun.
Turning I walk up in an east-southeast direction(sort of towards North Beach) towards the early 20th Century buildings, the core of upper Fort Mason. Passing over the rise and onto the grounds to the right is a wonderful community garden, mostly flowers, so extensive that it will take an hour or more to see it all. There are places to sit and it is fairly quiet, with humming birds and other marvels. Then I'll travel to the East side of the grounds and walk down an old street towards the bay. It is lined on the right by little late 19th century structures and on the left by larger and more hidden structures of that period. The street ends and continuing towards the bay one can descend a few steps to a grassy meadow surrounded by great eucalyptus with civil war period cannons at the western end, and there the quiet is tremendous. Looking through the trees and bushes about 300-400 feet below the bay view is marvelous. There is a picnic table. Finally I descend through the gate at the eastern end of the meadow and walk along the sidewalk that curves down along the steep side overlooking the Aquatic Park. The view is again grand and there are patches of volunteer nasturtiums and other treats along the way. At the bottom is a grassy lawn and the entrance to the great pier that emcompasses much of the aquatic park. Of course, this can also be the starting point. If one is in a hurry this can be done in an hour, but two to three hours is my usual. Please continue to keep it clean.
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