Exploring the Beautiful Lakes of Golden Gate Park

[Date November 12]Location:Golden Gate Park36th Avenue and Fulton Street San Francisco, CA 94941 United States

Join Greenbelt Alliance for a history and nature walk through Golden Gate Park.

Exploring the Beautiful Lakes of Golden Gate Park
Exploring the Beautiful Lakes of Golden Gate Park

About this Exploring the Beautiful Lakes of Golden Gate Park

The Greenbelt Alliance is honouring 65 years of exploration. Visit greenbelt.org/65years to learn more.

amid our park excursion, we explore the lakes of Golden Gate Park, four of which were created by marshy inter-dune lakes amid the “dreary waste of shifting sand hills” that was the park’s original environment, while the other five lakes were created by man.

We’ll see San Francisco’s own herd of bison, waterfalls, a Chinese Pavilion, Strawberry Hill’s highest point in Golden Gate Park, the ruins of an observatory, San Francisco’s memorial to the 1906 earthquake and fire, a disc golf course, and the oldest continuously running model boating organisation in the western hemisphere as we stroll through woodlands that have flourished on the former sand dunes. We mayperhaps catch a sight of Stow Lake’s ghost!


Gareth MacGowan

Total Length

This moderate walk covers around 6 miles total, with relatively level terrain.

Climate Policy

Rain voids


Free, but you must make reservations

in where to meet

We’ll meet in front of the Model Yacht Club near the intersection of 36th Avenue and Fulton Street. Near our meeting place are restrooms. The streets of the park, JFK Drive and 36th Avenue, offer parking.


Bring water, a lunch, and snacks. Wear layers of clothing and sturdy walking shoes. Please call (415) 543-6771 x321 or send an email to Ken Lavin at klavin@greenbelt.org if you have any inquiries regarding this excursion.

Gordon’s Flickr photo

Gail MacGowan, the tour guide, is a native Californian who was raised in Salinas and whose ancestors arrived in this state in 1852. She had a successful career as a professional vocalist until recently retiring.

Since 1997, Gail has led several tours for San Francisco City Guides, including ones through Land’s End and Golden Gate Park West. (She even served as City Guides’ Board Chair!) Gail happily explored other parts of the city during the lengthy COVID lockdown, including SOMA, Candlestick Point, Lake Merced, and Lands End.

Refund Policy

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