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Join Walk SF on Sept. 10 for Peak2Peak, a one-of-a-kind urban trek through San Francisco. (Courtesy Erica Mesker)

Type “walk San Francisco” into Google and you’ll find 85,500,000 search results. With the second highest Walk Score in the country — second only to New York — whatever your interest or fitness level, there’s probably a walk that’s perfect for you.

San Francisco offers an embarrassment of riches for the intrepid trekker, with walks and tours highlighting history, architecture, bars and pastries, natural enclaves, hilltop outlooks, numerous stairways and both hidden and public art.

From Mission Bay to Noe Valley, from Alamo Square to the Mission, walking in San Francisco offers something for everyone: selfie-inducing, panoramic backdrops of the entire Bay; The City’s curviest street; the colorful murals of Balmy Alley; and recently, the joy of walking along a new people-only, car-free street at the top of Twin Peaks.

For the one event that let’s you indulge in all of your favorite walking experiences — from discovering hidden neighborhood gems, getting fit and feeling energized as you scale stairways, trails and hills, to sharing a special adventure with friends, old and new alike — join Walk San Francisco for our annual, one-of-a-kind urban trek: Peak2Peak, on Saturday, Sept. 10.

Peak2Peak is half-marathon, 10 peak, daylong celebration of walking that includes breakfast, lunch and a celebratory beer finale (for those who make it). Each year the route evolves and offers an ever-changing menu of trails, climbs, and vistas (plus, a few surprise stops along the way, like The City’s first “Home Zone” — a six-block street improvement project designed to turn a school neighborhood into a safe, welcoming place for people of all ages and abilities).

Back by popular demand, this year’s updated and refined route begins (and ends) at a local’s favorite: The Ramp. It then heads west through the Dogpatch to Potrero Hill and onward through Noe Valley, before scaling San Francisco’s Twin Peaks. Nestled between The Castro and Corona Heights, Peak2Peak trekkers will relax to enjoy a hearty and delicious picnic lunch before the tackling the four remaining summits. The afternoon’s walk will travel from the historic Alamo Square, to Duboce Triangle, and then pass through The Hub. Finally, you finish your trek in Mission Bay, where you can enjoy a truly well deserved, ice-cold beer. 

Peak2Peak registration ends Monday, Sept. 5. Individual (basic or Hike Star) start at $108 and team (Trailblazer) tickets, with a minimum of six members, start at $120. Tickets include breakfast, catered lunch, complementary beer, and a year’s Proud Pedestrian level membership at Walk SF. Hike Stars and Trailblazers also receive an “I Walk SF” T-shirt, a sneak peek of the route and priority departure and group assignments.

Participants are organized in groups of 20 to ensure an intimate and personalized experience. Hikers will leave in staggered intervals, guided by two trained volunteer Peak2Peak walk leaders. Everyone receives their own guidebook with turn-by-turn directions and route map, and a commemorative passport with all 10 peaks, so participants can stamp their progress along the route for each summit conquered. You can celebrate with the members of your Trailblazer team or the group at large, or choose take the hike more independently, at your own pace. The walk includes sweeps to ensure everyone (who wants to) makes it to the end!

Peak2Peak is Walk SF’s annual fundraiser and directly supports our work to make walking in San Francisco safe for everyone, so our community is healthier and more livable.

Participants can also challenge friends to support their walk, turning it into a “peak-a-thon” fundraiser. The top three Peak2Peak fundraisers on rally.org will be recognized and win prizes for their efforts.

For the last four years running, Peak2Peak has sold out. Don’t miss your chance to be part of San Francisco’s favorite walk!

IF YOU GO:

Walk SF’s Peak2Peak
When: Saturday, Sept. 10, 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Where: The Ramp, 855 Terry Francois Blvd.
Tickets and info: www.walksf.org

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