Urban Trek 2 - Enjoy an Eco-Friendly Hiking Tour of San Francisco


Russian Hill
(1:03 mins)


Golden Gate (1:01 mins)


Palace of Fine Arts (1:01 mins)


Pacific Heights (1:03 mins)





Meeting Place and Time:
Next to the painting across from the San Francisco Visitor Information Center entrance located at 900 Market Street, on the lower level of Hallidie Plaza, next to the cable car turntable at Market & Powell Streets. Take the escalator (by the cable car turntable) down to the lower level. Meeting time will be 9:30 am.


Included with price of the Urban Trek
  • An Urban Trek Leader with informative commentaries about the sites you will visit.

Not included with price for the Urban Trek
  • Cost of fare for Muni.  Estimated cost for entire Urban Trek is $8.25 to $11.00 ($4.05 to $5.40 for seniors, 65 years old, and minors, under 18 years old).
  • Cost of meals and snacks during the Urban Trek. Trekkers are free to choose where to have a meal within the boundaries of the trek vicinity. Meals can cost from $10 to $25 depending on the place the trekker chooses. There will be a variety of places to choose from.

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(Note: If the reservation page does not come up, please e-mail anton@urbantrekusa.com. Reservations are not guaranteed without a confirmation number.)



San Francisco
Urban Trek 2 - Russian Hill, Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Bridge,  Marina neighborhood, Pacific Heights View & Union Square


(Offered Mondays & Fridays only, starts at 9:30 am and ends around 4:45 pm. At this time, all urban treks are in English only.)

Urban Trek 2 focuses on the Golden Gate Bridge ("GGB") and three of the very nice neighborhoods in San Francisco: Russian Hill, Marina and Pacific Heights. Guests will have the chance to walk to the south tower of the GGB. Historical information will also be given on the other places included in the trek: a) Lombard Street - a crooked road and a place with an amazing view; b) Marina neighborhood- where guests will stroll the grounds of the Palace of Fine Arts, which is a structure from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition; c) Golden Gate Bridge and surrounding area not known to most visitors; d) Pacific Heights neighborhood - where you will see the house used in the movie "Mrs. Doubtfire" and (on a clear day) the place with a view that makes this neighborhood the place where the very rich live. Lunch will be at Chestnut Street in the Marina District (around 11:30 am) where there will be a variety of restaurants to choose from. As an added bonus, guests will get a brief history about other historical events that occurred in San Francisco.

Summary of points of interest included with San Francisco, Urban Trek 2:
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  • Rides on Muni Metro & electric buses
  • Russian Hill
  • Lombard Street, crooked road
  • Also see one of the (officially) steepest streets
  • "Secret spot" with a great view if place is open
  •  Marina District 
  • Chestnut Street - lunch break around 11:30 - 11:45 am
  • Palace of Fine Arts
  • Golden Gate Bridge & surrounding areas with great views away from the crowd
  • Pacific Heights
  • "Mrs. Doubtfire" house
  • On a clear day, nice view of the bay and the Marina
  • Afternoon break
  • Union Square
Estimated end time will be 4:45 pm

Please note that reservations are not guaranteed until a confirmation number has been provided to you.

CLICK ON THIS LINK FOR PRICE EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2015

Cash only, collected during the Urban Trek.

*Discounts apply for two or more Urban Treks.

Urban Trek USA is a smoke-free urban trek.

Dogs are not allowed unless the dog is a service dog for the blind and must be disclosed at the time of making a reservation.

Shopping or browsing at stores is NOT part of the urban trek except for certain designated areas when a specific amount of time is set aside for you to be on your own. Please send an e-mail to anton@urbantrekusa.com if you have any questions.




View from Pacific Heights



Palace of Fine Arts
 HELPFUL TIPS

The Urban Trek Walking Tour of San Francisco is done in a way to make it as easy as possible for anyone to complete the Urban Trek. Most walks are done at a normal pace for approximately 20 minutes before a rest period. Uphill walks are made as infrequent as possible. However, most parks are atop a small hill to get the benefit of the best views of the City. Lunch break is about an hour to give the group time to enjoy a relaxing meal. Most stops have public rest rooms available.

What to bring for the Urban Trek
  • Exact Muni fare ($2.75 each ride for adults, $1.35 for those under 18 years old and seniors 65 years old and older). The Muni fare for the entire urban trek will be approximately $8.25 to $11.00 for adults.
  • Money for snacks and/or a meal.
  • Your mobile/cell phone, if you have one.
  • Snack or fruit in case you get hungry before lunch.
  • Sunscreen and a small bottle of water.
What to wear for the Urban Trek
  • Comfortable and sensible walking shoes because there will be a lot of walking.
  • Dress in layers. San Francisco weather can vary greatly from morning to afternoon and from neighborhood to neighborhood. You can remove or add a layer as needed. A hooded sweatshirt will be your best friend.
Other helpful tips
  • Have a good breakfast before the Urban Trek
  • Anything you carry should not be too heavy that it will become a burden over the duration of the Urban Trek.
Physical requirements
To be able to complete the Urban Trek for San Francisco, you must be in good enough physical condition to do all of the following without assistance:
  • Walk at a normal pace for at least 20 minutes before resting.
  • Walk uphill (10-18% grade) for at least 1 city block.
  • Walk down stairs.
  • Must be at least 18 years old. Minors should be accompanied by an adult.

 Detail of Urban Trek – San Francisco #2

  • We will meet at 9:30 am next to the painting across from the San Francisco Visitor Information Center entrance located at 900 Market Street, on the lower level of Hallidie Plaza, next to the cable car turntable at Market & Powell Streets. Take the escalator near the GAP store and cable car turntable down to the lower level.
  • After a brief orientation, we will take the Muni Metro from the Powell Street station to the Montgomery station. The Trek Leader will explain the Muni Metro system so you will be familiar with how to take it on your own.
  • Upon exiting the Montgomery station, you will learn about the great earthquake and fire of 1906. After, we will take a Muni bus to our first destination, Russian Hill. On the way, the bus will go through Chinatown & North Beach. You will get some information about Chinatown and North Beach.
  • When we reach Russian Hill, you will get a brief history about the cable car. Hopefully, a cable car will pass by during this time.
  • We will first walk to one of the (officially) steepest streets in San Francisco so you will see for yourself the steepness of this street in Russian Hill. On a clear day, you will have a fabulous view of North Beach and Telegraph Hill.  We will have a short break to take photos. After the steepest street, we will walk to the crooked street, Lombard Street, where there will be more great views on a clear day. The Trek Leader will explain why this street was made crooked. We will then walk down the stairs to get to the bottom of the crooked street where you can take more photos. After the crooked street, you will visit a "secret spot" with a fabulous view on a clear day - if the place is open.
  • We will walk down Russian Hill to the Muni bus stop to get to Chestnut Street in the Marina District for lunch. 
  • At approximately 11:30 - 11:45 am we will get to Chestnut Street for our lunch break where you will have about an hour for a relaxing lunch and to have the opportunity to just enjoy the atmosphere of this neighborhood.
  • After lunch, we will take another Muni bus to our next destination, the Golden Gate Bridge where we will walk the bridge to the south tower and to surrounding place away from the crowd with a great view of the bridge and take as many photos as you want. You will also get a brief history about the bridge.

  • After the Golden Gate Bridge, we will either take a FREE shuttle or a Muni bus, depending on which comes first,  to the Palace of Fine Arts, which is a structure left from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition and stroll around the structure/park. You will also learn about the world fair held in San Francisco in 1915. You will have time to take photos of this beautiful park.
  • After the Palace of Fine Arts, we will take a couple of Muni buses to get to Pacific Heights where you will see the house used in the movie"Mrs. Doubtfire" and some nice Victorian houses in the neighborhood. On a clear day, the view from this neighborhood is one of the reasons this is considered the place where the very rich live in San Francisco. There will be ample time to take photos. 
  • This Urban Trek should end at approximately 4:45 pm.

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