Join us for a Labor Day weekend outing at the Presidio National Park - we expect great weather. This annual event is a big draw for groups as well as individuals from around the world. September is a great time to enjoy the views while getting some exercise and learning new or improving old skills. The Presidio is an ideal locale for beginning and intermediate orienteers, with a central location and relatively easy terrain, not to mention historic buildings and scenic views.
There will be five courses offered by course setter Mike Springer:
Course Controls Climb (kilometers) (meters) White 2.3 40 Long White 4.3 100 Yellow 2.5 70 Orange 5.3 130 Long-Orange 8.3 250A beginner's clinic will be available for all those who wish it. White and Pink are suitable for beginners with no orienteering experience. Yellow is for advanced beginners; it's a mostly trail course requiring little orienteering experience. Orange and Long Orange are intermediate-level, longer off-trail courses of moderate difficulty. The Long Orange course will cover most of the Presidio.
Restrictions: There are a couple of out of bounds in the wooded sections and clearings; please observe these. (Violators will be disqualified.)
Bring sunscreen and a hat. Wooded areas do have some poison oak, so off-trail participants should wear long pants.
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From the North or South on Highway 1: Turn East on California St. and go about 13 blocks to Arguello Blvd. Turn left and go about 4 blocks, entering the Presidio via the Arguello Gate. Follow Arguello, veering right at the fork, all the way down to the Main Parade Ground (big parking lot). Follow the orienteering signs to the registration/start area.
From the East: Use the Lombard St. entrance. Go about 1/4 mile, veering right onto Presidio Blvd., which becomes Lincoln Blvd. Continue on Lincoln until the Main Parade Ground appears on the left between Graham and Montgomery.