We’re off to see the printer!

This afternoon I finished up the last touches on my big new map, now titled The Walker’s Map of San Francisco, and headed off to the printer. They flight-check it and I proof it later this week, then it goes to press.

The final map is 33.75 inches wide x 25 inches tall, double-sided. It is as much a neighborhood map as a trail map, hence the departure from my usual “Trails of…” titles. (Some of the city’s best trails are streets). The north and south maps overlap about a mile, in a swath stretching from Golden Gate Park to AT&T Park.
It’s an unusual format for a city map, but this is no usual map. The north map extends north to Sausalito, Rodeo Valley, and Angel Island; the south map shows the trails of Mt. Sutro and Twin Peaks area, Glen Canyon, McLaren Park, and San Bruno Mountain.

One of my goals was to show the city book-ended by its natural habitats, so you can get in touch with the fragments of coastal scrub and grassland that have been preserved (the city is unique in having a parks division that specifically manages 31 natural areas), then see the same landscapes, bigger, in the Marin Headlands and San Bruno Mountain. Most city parks stop at the County line, but for a trail/habitat map, that’s just where things get really interesting. I am very happy to cross those lines with this map.

And you can use the very same map to find the historical markers on the waterfront, ride the bus, climb stairways, visit the streetcar suburbs (via streetcar!) and find a nice cup of coffee

So the map will be out by Thanksgiving; first place to find it (besides by mail) is at Green Arcade Bookstore at Gough and Market, and 17th and Balboa Market in the Richmond. Books Inc. has a bunch on order (if my distributor and I can sneak them in before the holiday rush). By early 2011 I should have it at REI, the Warming Hut, and other bookstores. It’s a steal at $7.95.

Thank you all for your patience and encouragement.

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