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San Francisco, California

Obscura Society SF: Sutro Baths & Shipwrecks

Explore San Francisco's iconic ruin and glimpse just a few of the 300 shipwrecks that litter the Golden Gate

 Join historian John Martini on a two hour walk exploring the ruins of Sutro Baths and the sites of three nearby shipwrecks. The Baths visit will include a walk downhill into the ruins and the mysterious tunnels through Point Lobos, followed by an uphill climb to the old Sky Tram overlook where we’ll see Sutro's still-functioning 1880s catch basin that trapped Pacific waves and sent roiling seawater to the Baths. Then we’ll follow the edge of Lands End to see the wreck sites of the freighters Ohioan, Frank Buck, and Lyman Stewart. If the tides are right, we should be able to see portions of the rudder and engines of the wrecks.

Our guide for this walk is retired National Parks Ranger, historian, historical preservationist, author and lecturer John A. Martini

Notes for this adventure:

  • Meet at the Lands End Lookout visitor center, just uphill from Louis’ Restaurant.
  • Wear comfortable shoes for walking, and dress in layers suitable for the changeable weather at the coast
  • This is a semi strenuous walk that includes steep uphill and downhill sections, and long stretches of walking on sand. 2 hours. 
  • Parking is available at the Land's End Visitor Center or Ocean Beach

Advanced tickets required. All ticket sales are final, although you are welcome to transfer tickets. Refunds will be given in case of severe weather.