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“Fort Mason, off the path.”
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Reviewed January 5, 2012

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.

Thank Joel G
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Reviewed December 6, 2011

DECEMBER 4TH 2011 9:10pm, Fort Mason Park Between Marina Safeway and behind Fort Mason Fisherman’s Wharf Hostel.


Recently my date and I were followed 1/4 mile through Fort Mason Park from Marina Safeway on our way to dinner in the area. The man was 5'10-6' tall, brown hair, light eyed caucasian of very slight build (130-150 lbs). He was wearing scrubby black or dark jeans, unbuttoned jacket, and beanie cap. We believe he is likely 25-30 years old, but appears older, scruffy and haggard, probably due to drug/alchohol abuse and possible homelessness. He abandoned his shopping cart and 3 other "associates" of the gutter punk variety and followed us up the hill dragging a 4 foot metal pole on the ground. First he started shouting insults and slurs at us. We kept walking quickly and ignored him. He followed us half a mile telling us he had a gun, was going to kill us, wanted our wallets and would beat us. We didn't believe he was dangerous until he followed us all the way up the hill. We decided it was safer to walk through Ft Mason's well-lit residential area instead of the unlit forested area. He approached us, told us his father was chief of police and nothing would happen to him, and threatened again to kill us. Both us us being reasonably fit and strong decided we could do him more damage than he to us. I told him that this was not going to happen. He never brandished a gun, and gave up eventually, walking back into the park area. We believe he may be homeless in the park preying on tourists at the Ft. Mason Hostel, or staying there himself with his "associates." We called 911 afterwards and reported the description and offered to speak with the police afterwards, but no one ever called back. The operator offered to have police canvas the area, but I never heard of any result.

If I were alone, there were more of "them" or I was a single woman, this man could be considered very dangerous. Beware!

This was in the Park area behind the buildings near MacArthur Avenue in Ft Mason's residential area.

4  Thank Jeremy B
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Reviewed November 25, 2011

A friend recommended this area in San Francisco for small theater companies and I was amazed how many small theater companies there were here. And lots of small galleries at the same time. We spent a day just exploring the area. We're coming back to check out some of the theatre.

Thank Allan R
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Reviewed October 20, 2011

My husband and I visited Fort Mason for a little bit while in San Fran. for a long weekend. The fort is nice and offers plenty of historical signs explaining what stuff is and why it's important. The fort has an amazing view of the San Francisco Bay, as well as the Golden Gate Bridge (although we couldn't see it b/c of fog). Overall, the park was well kept and clean. A nice stop if you're in to history or want a pretty view of the bay. It was nice because parking was free as well.

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Reviewed October 23, 2017
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