Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Epic Summer Run #1 (7ish miles) Course Map & Description

The course will be well marked with flour on the trails and chalk (look for 'E' and arrows indicating direction) on the paved portions. Keep your eyes peeled! I'd generally discourage listening to music during the run.

Epic Summer Run #1 (7ish miles) Course Map

The Epic Summer Run #1 launches from the ball field in Julius Kahn Park. We'll head uphill and bang a quick right onto Ecology Trail. 

At .35 miles into the run your first opportunity for an EPIC view presents itself. There's a small set of stairs to the LEFT you can climb up to get to 'Inspiration Point'! Take in the incredible view (if you like), climb back down and continue running along Ecology Trail.
Continue following Ecology Trail downhill until it dead ends behind the Presidio Inn at the parking lot. From here, you'll head STRAIGHT down Funston and turn LEFT on Lincoln (get on the sidewalk on the RIGHT side of Lincoln).

You'll follow Lincoln behind the Walt Disney Museum and past the cemetery until you reach the point where the bike path veers right (and downhill). This will be another 'Epic' view spot of the bridge, Crissy Field, etc. It also marks the spot where you will turn around and head back on Lincoln towards the Presidio.

Head back on Lincoln and turn RIGHT onto Montgomery. Follow Montgomery until you hit Moraga. Turn LEFT on Moraga and run towards the Presidio Inn. Rather than turn right into the parking lot, you'll head down a little flight of stairs and connect with Fernandez Street (there are signs at the bottom of the stairs).

Simply follow Fernandez (it turns into Macarthur Ave after not too long) and then turn RIGHT to head up Lover's Lane. You'll follow Lover's Lane until you see a sign for 'Liggett Ave'. Veer LEFT onto the dirt trail to connect to the 'wood line' portion of the trail.

Follow the wood line trail all the way to the top and then turn right back onto the dirt trail and head back to Julius Kahn Park where the run started.

Make a pit stop at the restrooms/water fountain by the playground if you need to before continuing for the second part of your run. 

Continue on the dirt trail towards Arguello. Turn right on Arguello. Shortly after turning right you will cross the street and veer left onto Bay Area Ridge Trail. Look for chalk and flour markings.

Run on Bay Area Ridge Trail and look to your right. You will see an amazing 'spire'. Feel free to stop and take a look (and a pic or two). Continue on Bay Area Ridge Trail (again...look for signs and flour markings).

You'll follow Bay Area Ridge Trail across Park Avenue. Roughly a 1/4 mile later look for flour markings on your RIGHT and continue following Bay Area Ridge Trail to Rob Hill Campground (it will be on your left). At Rob Hill Campground, run on the paved path for a brief stretch and turn LEFT onto Washington Boulevard. 

Run along Washington for 1/10th of a mile and cross over to Immigrant Point Overlook for an EPIC view! Turn around and head back the way you came until you reach our starting point at Julius Kahn Park!

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