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Best of San Francisco, Sports & Recreation

Best Test of Mental Mettle

When gold was found and San Francisco was in its infancy, more was needed to occupy the minds of the young city's denizens than whiskey and cutthroat commerce. An integral part of fostering education and inspiration for the pioneer city's…
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Best Legit Way to Frisbee on the Beach

Nothing caps off a nice day at the beach like a mouthful of sand — especially if the grit in your teeth is the reward for the grit required to splay flat-out on your stomach, for the prize of a…
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Best Burning Man-Friendly Pro Sports Team

You're in the middle of nowhere, a sort of wasteland in between various civilizations. You've traveled far to reach this final destination, and prepared long: You've created your own costume and your own character — a portable personality that traveled…
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Best Wild-Eyed Eccentric

We'll forgive his gift to the Golden State Warriors of otherwise-acceptable high-end Stumptown cold brew coffee. (Portland move, bro.) But the gift to his Bay Area sports fam was welcome — because it came straight from an excitable and unpredictable…
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Best Less-Sung Warrior

Coach Steve Kerr was not the only fresh face when the Golden State Warriors began their incredible and still a bit unbelievable rise to the best team in NBA history. Sitting there on the edge of the bench, Shaun Livingston…
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Best Giant

The immortal moment came decades ago: a long-suffering fan already, at 8 years old, slumped against a rail at the ballpark for what could be the last time, defeated on the field and off of it, where the Giants were…
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Best School on Four Wheels

Summer camp doesn't need to be in the Sierra foothills — in fact, lifelong companions and a longer-lasting obsession can be found anywhere there's a friendly stretch of San Francisco pavement. Instead of sentencing them to a summer of bug…
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Best Neighborhood Gym

Going to the gym sucks. It sucks worse when you have to maneuver your way past muscle-bound blocks of aggression waiting in line for the weights or slink into the back of a cardio class to avoid group humiliation (who…
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Best Park Without The Crowds

Mere blocks from the mob scene that Golden Gate Park becomes on any day when the temperature rises above 65 degrees lies another beautiful patch of land — all but hidden to the masses. Mountain Lake Park is 14 acres…
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Best Gym to Make Your Booty Bigger

For a full-body workout that will also help lift and tone your glutes, a mere 55-minute TRX class a few times a week will do the job. Founded a decade ago by a former Navy SEAL commando, TRX revolves around…
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Best New Bike Lane

If you've been cycling around San Francisco for more than five or so years, you'll remember what a funhouse it used to be. Even no-brainer cross-town routes like 17th Street carried discontinuous segments of striped asphalt, and sharrows were considered…
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Most Strenuous Hike With Rewarding Views

Earlier this month, the Outer Sunset got a new park. Full of raised beds and basketball courts, the new "Playland" at 43rd Avenue is partly made from shipping containers (a true urbanist dream if ever there was one). But if…
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Best Dog Park

We're not going to lie: It's muddy up there. But if you can get past the drainage issue, Upper Douglass Dog Park in Noe Valley is hands-down the best puppy playground in the city. It's not as if dog-friendliness is…
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Best Place To See Totem Poles

Once upon the 1980s, Filipino emigrant Demetrio Braceros (known as Demi by friends and locals) was entrusted with the care of Cayuga Park, a seedy sump of public space that had fallen into disrepair. With great love and hope, Demi…
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Best Camping View of The City

The most clichéd things you can possibly associate with San Francisco are the Golden Gate Bridge and fog over the bay, but looking out at the bridge in a thick fog from Kirby Cove, with the skyline of the city…
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Best Hike to Get Lost

The 2.7-mile "Philosopher's Way" trail in McLaren Park is the cure for when you've overdosed on San Francisco's increasingly technology-saturated, artisanal-minded spiral into gentrification. Located in the oft-neglected southeast region of the city, McLaren is the city's second largest park,…
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Best (Possibly Illegal) Swimming Hole

With a dearth of freshwater swimming spots in the Bay Area, seekers of the aquatic will go to great lengths to discover a hidden watering hole. One of those gems is the Inkwells, a small group of pools located off…
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Best Workout Using Depression-Era Facilities

Handball — the four-walled version, not the super-rad Olympic sport that no one in America plays — is the ultimate old-dude endeavor. The real canny pros know how to play all the angles, helping to eliminate any needless running around,…
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Best Newly Renovated Hoops Spot

Pickup basketball is a weird social phenomenon where a bunch of strangers meet at a designated spot during a designated time to engage in an athletic competition governed by de facto rules established in some mythic rulebook. There are a…
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Best WTF Free Agent Sports Signing

Once famous throughout the league as a haven for misfits and rejects looking to resurrect their careers, the Raiders have for the last decade or more made an art from out of epically wrong personnel decisions. (JaMarcus Russell, anyone?) So…