Become a part of San Francisco history- help name our trails at Glen Canyon Park!
Beyond Glen Canyon Park’s recreation center, ball field, and tennis courts lies a large urban canyon that has incredible spring wildflower displays, dramatic rock (chert) formations, and Islais Creek, one of the few remaining free-flowing creeks in San Francisco. These 60 acres of wilderness, formerly referred to as the San Miguel Hills, not only provide critical habitat for a wide array of wildlife, but serve as a relaxing sanctuary from the city’s urban bustle. An extensive network of hiking trails leads through a variety of habitats, from the lush creekside vegetation to the rocky grass- and scrublands of the canyon’s steep eastern slope, where a profusion of wildflowers blooms each spring.
The Glen Canyon Trails Project is a product of the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, multiple California Habitat Conservation Fund grants and extensive community input. The project is helping to repair existing trails and steps, provide fencing for public safety and to protect sensitive habitat areas, provide erosion control measures, restore native plants and provide wayfinding signage.
We need your help in naming these amazing trails. Please review the following list of naming criteria and trail options and fill out the form below.
Names should relate to the following criteria:
·Natural features presently or historically found in or along the park or trail (biologic, geologic, etc.)
·Significant historical events
·Deceased persons of historic or civic importance to the park or neighborhood (documentation required)
Trail #1– (in Red) This trail, with end points at the Saddle rock outcrop and the Elk Street entrance, runs along the top of the steep, eastern edges of Glen Canyon. Points of interest include grasslands with extensive canyon views, radiolarian chert outcrops, and coastal scrub habitat. Many animals and plants thrive here, including, but not limited to: gophers, mice, hummingbirds, sparrows, alligator lizards, California poppies, and blackberry.
Trail #2– (in Orange) This trail follows Islais Creek from the Southern part of the park to Turquoise Way and the future connection to Twin Peaks. Trail #2 follows riparian habitat up to the chert rock outcrops and through coastal scrub, providing vast canyon views. Dappled sunlight, climbs over twisting willow branches, a creek crossing, a variety of bird species like chickadees and juncos, lichens, and ferns are just a sample of the features that can be experienced on this trail.
Contest ends April 15, 2014