Community Outdoor Adventures 

To support your health and wellness goals, our Y staff have created a schedule of in-person outdoor activities for small groups of active Y Members. 

Ranging from yoga classes to guided runs and bike rides, our Community Outdoor Adventures are designed to help you stay active within current health and safety guidelines. 

The safety and health of our staff and members is of utmost importance to us. Please wear a face mask throughout the activity from before you arrive until after you leave the YMCA outdoor space. Read below to learn more about what to expect when you arrive at an outdoor activity.

To reserve your spot in an outdoor activity:

  • You must have an active Y Membership to register for our outdoor activities.
  • View the schedules page.
  • Filter by 'Outdoor' and branch location, and click on the activity's name.
  • Registration links will be posted 48 hours before the scheduled time of the activity.
  • Members must register no later than 24 hours before the scheduled time of the activity. 
  • After you submit your registration and active membership status is verified, registrants will receive an email confirmation with activity details.
  • Each activity is capped at 8 participants.
  • If a registered member cancels, we will contact the next member who submitted a registration.

 

View the Schedule

 

Upcoming Events

 

Crosstown Trail – Glen Canyon Park
Wednesday, July 1 8:45 AM - 10:30 AM

Time: 9am start, arrive by 8:45am

Trailhead/Starting Point: Crosstown Trail Trailhead on Clarendon Ave, just after making a right off of Laguna Honda Blvd.

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While we unfortunately won’t be doing the entire Crosstown Trail, we will be doing it in portions throughout the next couple of hikes! Come and cross the city with us!

We’ll meet where Crosstown Trail meets Clarendon Ave. If coming from Laguna Honda Blvd, you’ll turn onto Clarendon Ave and the trailhead will be on the right side of the street.

We’ll start our hike through the woods behind Laguna Honda Hospital until it meets Panorama Drive and head down Twin Peaks Blvd. Eventually, we’ll cross the busy intersection of Portola Drive and catch the Crosstown Trail again just to the left of Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts. This will lead us down through Glen Canyon Park, the city’s very own canyon! Once at the bottom, we’ll loop through the park and head back towards Portola Drive and follow the same way we came in.

This route includes 3 climbs, 2 within the first and last miles of the hike on neighborhood streets and one right in the middle as we make our way back out of the canyon. Don’t let this hold you back! These trails can often make you feel like you’re somewhere outside of the city.

If you decide to join us on this hike, be prepared to:

  • Go through a health screen prior to hiking at 8:45am
  • Show a valid photo ID and event ticket
  • Wear a mask and come prepared with anything you’ll need to hike comfortably
  • Come prepared with a full water bottle
  • Park on the street

Crosstown Trail – McLaren Park
Wednesday, July 8 9:00 AM

Time: 9am start, arrive by 8:45am

Trailhead/Starting Point: Leland Ave and Peabody St

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While we won’t be doing the entire Crosstown Trail, we're going to be taking on portions of it together! Come and cross the city with us!

At this intersection, the Crosstown Trail will take us through the beautiful Visitacion Valley Greenway, a pathway made up of various community gardens! We’ll make our way into McLaren Park and follow the popular Philosopher’s Way markers around the perimeter of the park. If you’ve never been on this path before, get ready for panoramic views of the city to the north, Mt. Diablo to the east, and San Bruno Mountain to the south. Once we’ve done the loop, we’ll follow the Greenway back to the starting point.

One thing to note is the main climb comes within the first mile of the hike – but not to fear, we’ll have the Visitacion Valley Greenway to keep us entertained. Once we’ve reached McLaren, we’ll have some gentle rolling hills until heading downhill on our way out of the park.

If you decide to join us on this hike, be prepared to:

  • Go through a health screen prior to hiking at 8:45am
  • Show a valid photo ID and event ticket
  • Wear a mask and come prepared with anything you’ll need to hike comfortably
  • Come prepared with a full water bottle
  • Park on the street

Presidio Bike Ride
Friday, July 10 7:00 AM

Time: 7:15am start, arrive by 7:00am

Trailhead/Starting Point: Presidio Community YMCA, 63 Funston

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Come roll with YBike on a 5-mile ride through the Presidio! The ride will be on paved roads, many of which have bike lanes. This route will be moderately hilly, with plenty of opportunities to catch your breath and take in the scenery.

During our ride, we’ll ride past the Presidio Cemetery, get a view of the bridge, and head towards the coast before heading south just after Fort Scott. We’ll loop around through the Eucalyptus forest via Washington Blvd before riding down Arguello Blvd back to the Y.

If you decide to join us on this ride, be prepared to:

  • Go through a health screen prior to riding at 7:00am
  • Show a valid photo ID and event ticket
  • Do a quick safety check on your bike
  • Wear a helmet and layers
  • Wear a mask
  • Have a full water bottle prior to arrival
  • Pay for parking in the Presidio, depending on where you park

Mount Sutro & Twin Peaks Hike
Sunday, July 12 9:00 AM- 10:00 AM

Time: 9am start, arrive by 8:45am

Trailhead/Starting Point: Stanyan & 17th Streets

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For this hike, we’re connecting and looping the green gems found in the center of the city: Mount Sutro, Sutro Tower, Twin Peaks, and Tank Hill.

We’ll meet on Stanyan and 17th Street to take the Interior Greenbelt Trail into Mount Suntro. Once in the park, we’ll follow signs for the Historical Trail, eventually taking the Ridge Trail towards Clarendon Ave.

Beware that we’ll have to cross Clarendon Ave to make our way along the western and southern sides of Sutro Tower. Once on the other side, we’ll have a clear view of Twin Peaks – our next destination! Twin Peaks can be done either on the roads (now closed to cars) or can be climbed over through the stairway trail. Once both peaks have been completed, we’ll make our way north along Twin Peaks Blvd, until meeting Clarendon Ave once again. Once there, instead of heading back the way we came, we’ll sneak in one more climb to Tank Hill and finally drop down towards Stanyan Ave.

Although this one takes us through many peaks, the main climb comes within the first ¾ of a mile. This section can be narrow and is shared with mountain bikers.

If you decide to join us on this hike, be prepared to:

  • Go through a health screen prior to hiking at 8:45am
  • Show a valid photo ID and event ticket
  • Wear a mask and come prepared with anything you’ll need to hike comfortably
  • Come prepared with a full water bottle
  • Park on the street
 

What to expect when you arrive: 

  1. Reservations are required for Community Outdoor Adventures. Please visit our schedule for dates and times (limited to 8 in-person attendees per activity).  
  2. Please arrive on time for class and line up at least 6 feet apart from other members and staff, following designated social distancing markings. Note that YSF buildings will remain closed; bathrooms and water fountains will not be available. 
  3. Please ensure you bring all appropriate personal items to participate in your activity. Please review the specific activity on the schedules page for the list of appropriate items (including water bottle, and photo ID). 
  4. Go through safety health screening with YSF staff.  
  5. Directly after clearing the health screening, use hand-sanitizer. If a touchless application is not available, YSF staff will spray or pump it on your hands.  
  6. Walk to designated gathering location and await instructions.  
  7. The Y will have wipes and hand sanitizer available for use of your personal equipment (please bring class-specific items with you). 
  8. Await instructions from instructor or host. Note that some outdoor classes will have the teacher being filmed as a live virtual offering, so following safety protocols is extremely important. You will not be filmed as a participant. 
  9. At the end of the activity, the Y will have wipes and hand sanitizer available for use for your personal equipment. Once the instructor or host instructs you to use it, please do so one by one, following social distancing.  
  10. Maintain social distancing as you and fellow members leave the YMCA outdoor space. 
  11. Schedule is subject to change/classes may be cancelled due to weather.