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Golden Gate Park

Date: (Sun.) Oct. 21, 2012
Location: San Francisco, CA
Event Director: - 415.378.6416
Course Setter: Deron van Hoff
Type: C; Beginner, advanced beginner, and intermediate Foot-O courses, and a (rare) Bike-O course

Please note that fees and time limits apply, unless otherwise mentioned below. Events are typically not canceled due to bad weather.

The Bay Area Orienteering Club will be hosting an event in Golden Gate Park on Sunday, October 21st. White (beginner), Yellow (advanced beginner), and Orange (intermediate) courses will be offered. In addition, a Bike-O course will be laid out, which can be combined with the Orange course for a Duathlon!

We hope everyone who's not headed east for the North American Championships is heading to Golden Gate Park this coming Sunday. The weather forecast is looking good, maybe foggy in the early morning but sunny and warm by event time!

Registration and starts will be at Bunny Meadow, which is near the Conservatory of Flowers. (There's a map here that shows the location of the event.)

The standard event schedule will be followed. E-punch will not be used — bring a pencil or pen to record control codes on your score sheet.

This is the first event of the 2012–2013 COOL season.

Please add this event to your schedule and plan on joining us in Golden Gate Park!

COOL Skills Clinic

Ben Legg will be teaching an orienteering skills clinic for Juniors at 10:30 AM. The subject will be map interpretation.


The course statistics are as follows:

    Course     Length    Climb   Controls
    White      2.5 km     35 m     13
    Yellow     3.1 km     65 m     11
    Orange     5.9 km    125 m     18
    Bike-O    15.5 km              24

The lengths for the White, Yellow, and Orange Foot-O courses are straight-line distances, while the Bike-O (aka MTBO, for Mountain Bike Orienteering) course length is the approximate distance of the optimal route.

Be sure to read the Course Setter's Notes for more information about the courses — particularly about the Bike-O course, and the Duathlon combination of the Orange and Bike-O courses.

Request for Volunteers

As usual, this event cannot be held without the assistance of volunteers. We'll be using multiple-choice, low-tech, manual "punching". We still need a few more volunteers to help out with starts and finishes/results. Please contact the Event Director if you can spare a little time before or after your run.

Driving Directions

Note: The event will be at the same location we used in 2010, which was a different location than we used for previous years. Bunny Meadows is located behind the Conservatory of Flowers. There's a map here that shows the location of the event. (To see details, you can drag the map, and zoom in, and change to satellite view.)

From Marin County and the Wine Country: Cross the Golden Gate Bridge and follow Route 1 South (Park Presidio Blvd). You want to turn left onto Fulton St at the northern boundary of the park, but you can't do that. So you'll need to turn right onto Cabrillo, left onto 15th Ave, and then left onto Fulton St. Drive about 8 blocks east of Park Presidio Blvd. Bunny Meadows is inside the park between 4th and 5th Ave on your left. There should be parking available along Fulton Street. From the intersection of Fulton St and 5th Ave, go SE 150 meters to the event.

Southbound 101 Carpool Option: Want to split the Golden Gate Bridge toll? Take the Spencer Ave/Monte Mar Dr exit (this is the last exit before the southbound 101 tunnel to the bridge). A short way past the exit, there will be a Park and Ride lot on your left, which is immediately next to the south 101 onramp. If you are headed into SF via Marin, please take this small detour and share a ride. Please try to carpool if you can.

From the East Bay: Cross the Bay Bridge and take the 101 North/Golden Gate Bridge exit, which become Octavia St at Market St. Stay on Octavia for a few blocks, and turn left onto Fell St. Follow Fell St west for 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Stanyan, which is the eastern boundary of the park. Make the next left onto Fulton Street. Continue on for about 5 blocks. Bunny Meadows is inside the park between 4th and 5th Ave. There should be parking available along Fulton Street. From the intersection of Fulton St and 5th Ave, go SE 150 meters to the event.

From the Peninsula and South Bay:

Public Transit

The San Francisco Muni 5 Fulton line comes all the way from downtown SF. There are many ways to connect to this line, including BART. Please go to for transit schedule/planning information.

Carpool Site

See the Driving Directions above for a suggested meeting place for people coming from Marin County.