Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A walk from San Rafael to San Francisco: 29 December 2015

A new experimental Golden Gate Transit bus route 580 recently went into service from the East Bay communities of Emeryville, Berkeley, and Albany to San Rafael. UPDATE: After six month of operation, Golden Gate Transit has decided to cease service on Route 580, due to a lack of a sufficient number of passengers to make the route financially viable. Too bad.

This Marin ramble will start at the San Rafael Bus Terminal, and the ramble will conclude in San Francisco. When I arrive in San Francisco, I will take a SF Muni Metro bus to a stop near BART. I will then board a BART train to Berkeley.

The approximate distance traveled was 18.4 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 1,064 feet. Mile markers are shown on the route. Click on the image to see the full-size map.
It is 7:47 am and I am waiting at the Berkeley bus stop on San Pablo Avenue. Here comes the bus going to San Rafael. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The bus is crossing the Richmond-San Rafael BridgeClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The San Rafael Transit Center. It is 8:19 am and I am ready to ramble! Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Walking south on an old railroad right of way when the trail enters this old railway tunnel. The original tunnel was constructed in 1884 and was owned by Northwestern Pacific Railroad. The current version of the tunnel was built in 1924; trains ceased using the tunnel in the 1960s. In 2010 a portion of the 1,106-foot long tunnel was converted to a pedestrian/bike path and named the Cal Park Tunnel. It is a direct connection between San Rafael and Larkspur. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Crossing Corte Madera Creek; the pathway is adjacent to US Route101. Mount Tamalpais is overlooking the action. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

On the Mill Valley-Sausalito Path and crossing over Arroyo Corte Madera del Presidio Creek. This pathway is also on a portion of the old Northwestern Pacific Railroad line. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
On the Mill Valley-Sausalito Path, looking back at the route just traveled. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Tamalpais High School's track. The school is in the background, and the picture was taken from the Mill Valley-Sausalito Pathway. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Houseboats permanently docked in Sausalito. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Downtown SausalitoClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Sausalito's tourist/shopping area. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A view from the Sausalito shoreline. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A view of Sausalito. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Beautiful Angel Island as is seen from East Road, which is located on the site of Fort Baker. In 1863, during the Civil War, Angel Island became the site of US Army Base Camp Reynolds. You can see Camp Reynolds in this photograph. It is straight ahead at sea level. The green Parade Ground is visible. There is a white building located at the upper portion of the Parade Ground. This view is looking east. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Fort BakerClick on the image to see the full-size photo.

The parade ground at Fort Baker. Officers' Quarters buildings are in the background. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
This view of the northern terminus of the Golden Gate Bridge is looking southeast. The steel latticework supporting the roadway is currently undergoing structural upgrades, as is the steel latticework supporting the southern terminus of the bridge. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A view of San Francisco as seen from the northern portion of the Golden Gate Bridge. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
On the bridge looking back at Marin County. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
I am now in the Presidio looking at the former location of Crissy Field. Crissy Field became a US Army airfield in 1921. The National Park Service took control of the area in 1994. By 2001 the former concrete aircraft landing pad was demolished, and the land was returned to a more natural state. Thank you, National Park Service. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

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