Ocean Beach to Baker Beach

2019 February 10

Ocean Beach to Baker Beach

For my 44th birthday I got exactly what I wanted, yet didn't get any presents. Instead we spent the day walking around the north-west corner of San Francisco, from Ocean Beach to Baker Beach through Lands End. Enjoy the photos.

We park across the street from the Beach Chalet. It's Sunday morning so: we didn't have traffic driving in and the FREE lot had plenty of space.

We start walking around 10 am. The sea is angry, the wind is strong and the tide is low. It's also cold but we are prepared with our puffy jackets.

Walking north, sea foam is everywhere and it blows across the sand like tumbleweed.

While discussing the trip over dinner, Mei said her favorite part was jumping over the sea foam as it tumbled towards her. Alas, I as unable to get an "action shot" of her in the air over the foam.

We leave the beach and head up towards the ruins of Sutro Baths. We must come back as the Giant Camera was closed.

National parks are RAD!

Mei above the ruins.

PJ follows Mom and Mei on an exceptional day.

My amazing family on the cliffs below the Coastal Trail and above Mile Rock Beach.

The outer ring of one part of this labyrinth is right at the edge of the cliff where a fall would be fatal.

The Coastal Trail now follows streets through the Sea Cliff neighborhood where we enjoy looking at the houses and cars. We see mostly Tesla, Ferrari, Porsche, etc. so this american muscle car (700 horsepower Dodge Challenger Hellcat) really stood out.

Between Ocean Beach and Baker Beach is China Beach.

Mei and Mom on China Beach.

It's not a good photo, but it does show a group of three people about to go swimming! Two people were already swimming beyond the waves, but they are not visible in this photo.

This house can be yours for $12 million.

A few minutes after noon and we arrive at Baker Beach. Now we must figure out how to get back to the car.

Mei is keen to ride rental bikes back but we instead opt for San Francisco's amazing public transportation. A bus stop is only a few minutes from the beach and we only wait 7 minutes before one shows up.

The 29 bus (this one in fact) took us from Baker Beach along 25th Avenue to Fulton Street.

Then we caught the 5 down Fulton back to the beach. It would have been cheaper to Uber or Lyft but we prefer to support public transportation. When we do the walk again we will probably just walk from Baker Beach to Geary or California and catch a bus back towards the beach from there.

Back at the car at 1 pm.

Here's a map showing our route from Ocean Beach (lower left corner) to Baker Beach (upper right corner). Click here for a printable 11x17 pdf.

And here's a Google Map showing the entire route, including buses.