Trail proposal at San Francisco's Twin Peaks up for debate 

click to enlarge Neighbor Janet Kessler says the proposed Creeks to Peaks path is unnecessary because a trail exists. - MIKE KOOZMIN/SPECIAL TO THE SF EXAMINER
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  • Neighbor Janet Kessler says the proposed Creeks to Peaks path is unnecessary because a trail exists.

Restoring and creating trails between Twin Peaks and Glen Canyon Park is a high priority for the Recreation and Park Department, but not all neighbors are on board.

Critics say the plan will remove  an important habitat, and others note there is an existing path that leads through Glen Canyon’s neighboring streets that could work just as well if it were better marked.

The department’s concept calls for a two-mile trail from Islias Creek Trail in Glen Canyon Park to the top of Twin Peaks, known as the Creeks to Peaks pathway. It will be discussed at the Recreation and Park Commission meeting today.

Much of the work will upgrade and reinforce existing trails, Rec and Park spokeswoman Connie Chan said. New trails will run parallel to Twin Peaks Boulevard as the road climbs. She added that the proposed improvements and additional trails complete the regional connections of public parks in The City.

“This is a part of the overall program to connect people to open space,” Chan said. “By providing access, we are reaching that goal.”

But not everyone agrees with the approach being taken. Janet Kessler, a resident and member of San Francisco Forest Alliance, said there is already a connecting trail from Glen Park to Twin Peaks — a small portion, though, brings hikers to the residential street in front of existing homes, rather than through the park behind those homes.

The proposed trail would cut through overgrown brush trees and habitat for animals along the property line of the School of the Arts, which borders Glen Canyon, Kessler said.

“We all want connectivity, but there are some enclaves that should be considered,” Kessler said. “To me, that’s magical to go into an area and discover the secret hiding places.”

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