In San Francisco, the phrase “winter is coming” isn’t all that applicable. The temperatures drop about 5 degrees, Karl the Fog rolls in more often, and we get the occasional drizzle. This year however, as you probably know, El Niño is supposed to strike any second now. Make sure you get your fill of these five San Francisco hikes before the rain begins.
Lace up your sneakers to take in the many sights (and snacks!) along the way.
If you’ve had the pleasure of visiting NYC’s High Line—an urban park built into an old elevated rail line on Manhattan’s west side—then you'll know just how important it is when we tell you that the landscape architecture firm responsible for that gem was just selected to transform San Francisco's very own waterfront. If you haven’t, you should know this much: this is awesome news.
We're guessing after a day of stuffing your face with turkey, watching football, and lounging around in a tryptophan-induced coma, you may need some fresh air in the great outdoors. Lucky for us, we don't need to go far to totally escape the city and the Presidio is the perfect respite from the hustle bustle.
We got word of a new designer in town, a.anthony designs by Anna Anthony, and immediately fell in love with her Spring/Summer 2012 lookbook (photographed locally in the Presidio and at the Lyon St. Steps).
After launching a.anthony designs a year ago in Minneapolis, Anthony and her husband relocated to SF last October, with all eyes forward. "San Francisco is such a great market to be in, as the fashion here is a culmination of many different influences from all over the globe," she said.
I hate to divulge my neighborhood's best-kept secret for a quick outdoor fix, so I must apologize in advance to all my Presidio Heights homies for inviting the masses to overrun our perfect little walkabout. Here goes: To get to the Ecology Trail in the Presidio, I jump over the wall at the northernmost point of Cherry Street, and prance just a few paces to the first of many Hansel-and-Gretel moments on this 1.4-mile hike: a trailhead flanked by towering, vine-covered eucalyptus trees. However, a bag of breadcrumbs won't be necessary since the footpath—which meanders in and out of the sunshine, through shady forests and grassy clearings—is distinctly marked.