Epic Run #4 is called 'Top of the World'. We launch from the Presidio Sports Basement located at 610 Old Mason Street.
We will cross the bridge and head up into the Marin Headlands for a simply STAGGERING view of the Bay Area halfway through our run. From there, we'll turn around and head back to the Basement for some celebratory refreshments!
Epic Run #4-Top of the World Course Map!
Here's a description of the course we'll be traveling...
head out on the paved path on Mason Street and head towards the Warming
-Upon reaching the Warming Hut(roughly 2 miles), you will run past
the Warming Hut and take an IMMEDIATE left to head towards LONG AVENUE. Long Avenue is effectively a short hill that heads up towards Lincoln.
-Everyone will head up Long Avenue along the shoulder until you reach a stop sign. This is LINCOLN. Take a right on to the paved cyclist/pedestrian path and follow this
path to your right. -Stick to this path as it heads towards the Golden
-You will follow the path for roughly 1/2-3/4 of a mile. There will be a
few points at which the path may fork, but stick to the MAIN path. You
will soon see the Golden Gate Bridge approaching.
-You will reach a point where you can continue running and run underneath
the bridge or take a hairpin LEFT and wind your way up to the
pedestrian side of the bridge. You want to do the LATTER and turn left and head onto the pedestrian side of the bridge.
BE CAREFUL! THERE ARE TYPICALLY A REASONABLE NUMBER OF TOURISTS WHO
AREN'T PAYING ATTENTION. BE SMART AND BE POLITE IF YOU NEED TO GET
-Everyone will continue to the end of the bridge to the Visitor Center. This is roughly 3.25 MILES.
Stop here to grab some water, use the restroom, and/or take a gel, clif
shot, etc. if you need to.
-Adjacent to the parking area by the pedestrian side of the bridge there is a set of stairs that goes down and underneath the bridge. Look for the chalk markings and run underneath the bridge to the other side.
-Once on the other side of the bridge, veer left and run along the paved sidewalk directly onto SCA Trail. Again, look for chalk markings directing you where to go.
-Follow SCA Trail uphill (be advised, this trail is fairly steep) for .25 of a mile until you cross Conzelman Road (watch out for traffic). Continue running on SCA Trail.
-SCA Trail continues uphill for roughly a mile until you reach a T-intersection where you have the choice of following Coastal Trail right or left. FOLLOW COASTAL TRAIL RIGHT for roughly .25 miles.
-You will see a rocky path that veers RIGHT and UPHILL. Follow this path to the TOP OF THE WORLD! Take in the view, take a breather, take a few pictures, and head back to the Sports Basement the way you came!