30 km Run in San Francisco

This was a run that turned from all foggy into all sunny within the first hour of the run. I hit some of the highlights of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Presidio and the Golden Gate Park.

Length:30 km
Elevation:460 m
Route type:Loop
Pavement:Mostly Road (some trail in Golden Gate Park)
How to get there:The run starts at the Presidio YMCA, which has paid parking and connection to bus lines.
How to shorten/extend run:Shorten: You could run across the Golden Gate Bridge and then return to the start, that would cut the run to about 12 or 13 km.
Extent: You could add a few kilometers by running on the San Francisco beach, or down the Great Highway to the San Francisco Zoo.
Water stops:There are a few water fountains available on the route, most of them in the Golden Gate Park. There also shops near by, that may fill up your water bottle or sell you a bottle of water.

The run started at the Presidio YMCA, close to the Golden Gate Bridge. There is plenty of paid parking available, as well as a good connection to public transport. I first ran across the Golden Gate Bridge and up to Battery Spencer. From this scenic overlook, I ran back across the bridge to Baker beach and then on to Golden Gate Park. After a loop through the park, I ran back up the hill to the Presidio and down to Crissy Field South Beach and the Crissy Field Marsh. After taking one last look at the Golden Gate Bridge, I wrapped up the run at 30 km.


The run started at the Presidio, pretty foggy.
Running over the Golden Gate Bridge, still pretty foggy.
San Francisco downtown, through an opening in the fog.
The bridge starts to appear.
All clear on the way back.
Picture perfect.
Some trails in Golden Gate Park.
All Photos.

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