The San Francisco Embarcadero Hike

When you work in the Financial District or the South of Market neighborhood in San Francisco, then you probably like to escape to the waterfront along the embarcadero to escape work.

The embarcadero is one of my favorite getaways too. If you’ve been around for a while you might remember how unfriendly it was with the double decker freeway going along the shore. Fortunately the 1989 earthquake got CalTrans to tear it all down, and what we have left is an amazing wide boulevard of cars, trains, runners, and urban hikers.

I’m starting this short hike in the afternoon on a Tuesday, one of my short days in the historic lobby of the Rincon Post Office. Since I’m wearing work clothes and not a true hiker’s outfit, I’ll take it slow and just explore at my leasure.

Once I leave here, the bay opens up to me as I approach the Embarcadero.

Along the way, I saw a car I’ve never seen before. A C-class Mercedes Wagon that is a plug-in hybrid.

At the end of Market Street stands the iconic Ferry Building.

With lots of vendors out front.

Sue Bierman Park.

And the Exploratorium at piers 15/17.

Pier 23 Waterfront Dining. Looks like a great place to be on a day like this.

If your cruise ship ends up in San Francisco, you’ll end up at the James R Herman Cruise Terminal.

Approaching Pier 39, there is this deck that overlooks the bay. In the background, you can see Angel Island and Alcatraz.

I’m sure at one point in history, this pier was an important place for commerce, but it is strictly a tourist spot now.

But here is the view at the end.

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