Member Hiking & Event Series Summer 2017

WE HAVE A NEW REGISTRATION SYSTEM FOR MEMBER EVENTS! To give all members an equal chance to participate, registration for most events will open one month before event date. Registration dates and links are listed below.


Evening Wildlife Hike
Monday, June 19, 7-9 pm. Registration opens May 19.

Learn about and listen for wildlife as we explore Tennessee Valley on this slow-paced, three-mile evening hike. With any luck, we’ll spot some elusive nocturnal animals and keep an eye out for other species that are most active at dawn and dusk.



Fort Mason History Walk
Friday, June 30, 3:30-5 pm. Registration opens May 30.

Explore Fort Mason’s charming walkways and discover the complex history of this tiny military post. Along the way we’ll see Gold Rush cottages, army barracks and warehouses from 1860, a Civil War cannon battery, World War II troop embarkation piers, and the site of the “Joy Zone” from the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. We’ll end the walk at the popular “Off the Grid” food truck event.


Redwood Creek Watershed Walk
Monday, July 10, 2–4 pm. Registration opens June 9.

Join Price Sheppy of the Conservancy’s Park Stewardship team on this easy two-mile walk around Muir Beach. Learn about the history and ecology of the vital Redwood Creek Watershed and the current restoration work aimed to bring back its natural ecological functions.



Bridge and Batteries History Walk
Tuesday, July 18, 10 am–noon. Registration opens June 16.
Wednesday, July 19, 10 am–noon.Registration opens June 16.

On this easy walk with retired ranger and park historian John Martini, we’ll explore the new Bay Trail and Coastal Trail that skirt the bluff tops of Fort Winfield Scott. Highlights include gorgeous views, coastal gun emplacements, a stroll beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, and a rare visit to the underground interior of an 1890s gun battery.


Nike Missile Site Tour
Thursday, August 3, 1–2:30 pm. Registration opens July 3.

A Cold War museum in the Golden Gate National Parks? Ranger Al Blank takes us through the only fully restored Nike missile site in the country. We’ll hear about why this site was built in the Marin Headlands and what it was designed to do.



Sutro Baths Exploration
Saturday, August 12, 10–11:30 am. Registration opens July 12.

Park historian John Martini will lead a short but strenuous exploration walk in, around, and through the ruins of Sutro Baths, once the world’s largest indoor swimming complex. Find out how Adolph Sutro built his great Baths, how they operated, who went there, and what recreation was like at “The Cliff" 120 years ago.



New Presidio Tunnel Tops
Thursday, August 17, 4–5 pm. Registration opens July 17.
Thursday, September 28, 4–5 pm.Registration opens August 28.

Get an insider’s view of the Presidio Tunnel Tops project, which will create 14 acres of parkland above the Presidio Parkway (Doyle Drive) tunnels. Join us for a tour of the site connecting Crissy Field to the Main Post. We will discuss many aspects of this project, including a youth campus/learning landscape, a plaza, and the new Presidio Visitors Center.


Muir Woods Sunrise Walk
Sunday, September 3, 6:30–10:30 am. Registration opens August 3.

Enjoy a sunrise stroll with longtime Muir Woods volunteer Nelson Stubbins, who will lead this popular Muir Woods walk just for members. The early morning hours are a particularly beautiful time to visit the old-growth redwood forest. We will observe and explore animal and plant life as well as learn about the threats and challenges to the woods throughout its evolutionary history.


Secret History of Fort Baker
Wednesday, September 13, 3:30–5 pm. Registration opens August 14.

Fort Baker is at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, yet a world away from urban life! Join Park Ranger Emeritus and historian John Martini on an exploration of this historic military site in Sausalito. We’ll visit the renovated barracks and officers’ quarters (now part of Cavallo Point Lodge), the waterfront where the “army’s navy” was moored during World War II, and, by special permission, the 1870s brick tunnels of Battery Cavallo. Along the way, we’ll see spectacular views of the Bridge that few people ever see.


Raptor Peak of Migration Hike
Friday, September 15, 10 am–1 pm. Registration opens August 15.

Explore Hawk Hill with Golden Gate Raptor Observatory Director Allen Fish on this moderate hike during peak raptor migration season. We’ll learn about the annual hawk migration and get tips on spotting hawks, kites, falcons, vultures, and perhaps even an eagle. Bring your binoculars and a bag lunch!



Bring the Kids! Crissy Field Evening Walk and Campfire
Friday, September 15, 5–6:30 pm. Registration opens May 19.

Join Crissy Field Center’s Community Programs team for an easy, family-friendly interpretive walk around the Crissy Field Marsh to explore this amazing restored habitat. Learn about the animals that call the marsh their home, as well as how the Ohlone used many of the native plants found around the marsh for food and healing. The walk will be followed by a campfire with ranger-led stories, songs, and S’MORES! This program is designed to be fun and engaging for families with children ages 3–10.