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    Bay to Breakers Route

    Difficulty
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    Moderate
    Duration
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    2.5-3.5h
    Distance
    This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
    12.1 km
    Elevation
    This reflects the total elevation gained throughout this route as measured by the GPS file. This includes all ascents and descents, and is higher than what is quoted in most route guides, which simply measure the distance between the starting-point and high-point of the route.
    112 m
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    The Bay to Breakers Race is the oldest consecutively run footrace in the world—though not all of us have the opportunity to participate in real-time. Experience the charm of this footrace by walking the same route. Explore the city center and imagine the crowds cheering you on.

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    Route Description for Bay to Breakers Route

    Adventure the Bay to Breakers Route on your own terms. Explore San Francisco’s city center as you wander through the urban oasis chock full of wonderment and charm. Note that most of this path travels through the urban center; only the tail end wanders through Golden Gate Park, so your hike will likely be clouded by traffic noise. As this trail is one-way, make sure you leave a vehicle or arrange for pickup at the western edge of Golden Gate Park. The trail GPS may prove useful for this adventure.

    Setting out from the intersection of Howard and Main Street, this route travels southwest along Howard Street, turning right onto 9th Street. This road intersects with the famous Market Street, offering incredible views in either direction of the road bisected with trams. Merging onto Hayes Street, you will pass Alamo Square before turning left onto Divisadero Street and right onto Fell Street.

    Merge onto John F Kennedy Drive, wandering through Golden Gate Park. Eventually, you will turn left onto Bernice Rodgers Way and right on Martin Luther King Junior Drive to the Great Highway, marking the Bay to Breakers Route’s end.

    Getting to the Bay to Breakers Route Trailhead

    This route departs from the intersection of Howard Street and Main Street.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      No

    • When to do

      Year-round

    • Pets allowed

      Yes - On Leash

    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

    • Route Signage

      Average

    • Crowd Levels

      High

    • Route Type

      One Way

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