Fitness + Outdoors
A popular local hike, the 4.3 mile trek up to St. Joseph's Hill Open Space Preserve is time and effort well spent; enough that you'll be pondering about when you can make a return visit.
For this week's Scenes of the City we headed out to the rock labyrinth at dog friendly, Land's End. Perched on a small headland off the main Coastal Trail, the labyrinth is a great stop while exploring the area.
No needles. No diets. No surgery. And what's more, no downtime.
Sobs from sun-seeking hipsters could be heard around the city this weekend, when precious picnic real estate was even further restricted due to the closure of half of Dolores Park on Friday by SF Rec and Park. Eight acres of the Mission hot spot are now under construction, but recent renderings of the new and improved Dolores Park – to be revealed next year – show that the coming months of strife and struggle will be well worth it in the end. Cheer up, sunbathers, and prepare to get cozy in the meantime.
If you're in the mood for all around killer views, great spring wildflowers, and some moderately challenging uphill hiking then Ring Mountain in Tiburon is just the ticket. Easily accessible from both San Francisco and the East Bay, it's a great place to show a new visitor to the Bay Area the dramatic geography that makes this place so special.
For this week's Scenes of the City we headed out to China Beach, a small cove in San Francisco's Sea Cliff neighborhood.This perfect pocket of sand features a picnic area, ample room for sunbathing, and on a clear day, great views of the Marin Headlands and Golden Gate Bridge.
Bike theft is a serious problem in San Francisco. A report earlier this year revealed that more than 4,000 bikes are stolen every year, with an average of 11 bikes per day getting cut, clipped, and stripped for parts. In San Francisco, bike theft outnumbers iPhone theft 3 to 1.
In the southern end of Noe Valley the terrain transitions to the bluffs of Diamond Heights in a steep, rugged fashion. The home of great views of the city, a sweet rope swing, and some short but challenging running trails, Billy Goat Hill is a great place to explore on any afternoon.