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Candlestick Point State Recreation Area

Candlestick Point Trail

2 miles round trip

To San Francisco baseball fans Candlestick Park, was long the windy home stadium of their beloved Giants. The team relocated to more upscale digs at the new Pac Bell Park in 2001, leaving behind San Francisco’s football team, the ’49ers, as the sole tenants..

In the shadow of “The Stick,” is a state recreation that beckons other sports-minded visitors. Advanced board-sailers relish the challenge of the wind tunnel off the south shore of the park. Afternoon winds funnelling through Alemany Gap to the Bay often create rides to remember.

Kayakers like to put-in and take-out on the park’s sandy beach. Fishermen enjoy the two fishing piers. Some of the best winter bird-watching on the Bay is found at Candlestick Point. And there are plenty of facilities for picnics and barbecues.

The California State Parks Foundation is assisting in the restoration of the point’s tidal areas.

For the walker, a multi-use trail extends a mile or so along the shoreline from the fishing pier to the picnic areas.

Expect a windy walk. Those infamous winds that have long plagued outfielders, turning even routine fly balls into a challenge to catch, once even blowing a pitcher off the mound, can really slow down a walker.

Directions to trailhead: From Highway 101, south of San Francisco, take the Candlestick Park exit. Follow the Hunters Point Expressway around the stadium to the state recreation area. There’s limited parking along the road, plentiful parking near the main picnic/ day use area.

Current names for the stadium may be different from those shown above and on the attached © 2007 The Trailmaster, Inc map.

© 2012 The Trailmaster, Inc.
From John McKinney’s
Day Hiker’s Guide to California’s State Parks
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