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A shipwreck walk along San Francisco's Land's End.

A shipwreck walk along San Francisco's Land's End Thick fog, powerful tides, and heavy seas oftenmake for hazardous entry into San Francisco Bay. More than 165 shipwrecks and major accidents have occurred near the GoldenGate since the Spanish first sailed through it in 1775.

On the last Saturday of each month, you can view the watery graves of at least three wrecks on a free ranger-led 1-1/2-mile hike along Land's End, at the northwest corner of the city. At Eagles Point, you can stop to picnic, turn inland and walk up the hill to the palace of the Legion of Honor museum (catch a bus back), or return with the ranger. Dress for cool, breezy weather and wear shoes suitable for the dirt trail. Call (415) 556-8371 for more details.

The 2-hour hike starts at 10 A.M., at the U.S.S. San Francisco Memorial, where El Camino Del Mar dead-ends in a parking lot. Heading northeast atop rugged cliffs, you'll see engine parts from oil tankers Lyman A. Stewart (wrecked in 1922) and Frank H. Buck (1937), and the boiler of the freighter Ohioan (1936). You'll also see and hear about landslides, earth fractures, plants, and local history.

At the Golden Gate National Recreation Area's visitor center at the Cliff House, you can see shipwreck photographs and artifacts. Hours are 10:30 to 5 Mondays through Fridays, noon to 5:30 weekends.
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