Slacker Hill

So earlier I wrote about the San Fran stop on my road trip.  I wanted to include Slacker Hill but was pretty sure it needed its own post because its just that amazing.

So you know all those super famous pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge? Like this one:

and this one:

Yup, all taken from Slacker Hill. 

When we were heading out on this trip I contacted every random person I knew who lived in cities we were heading to and asked for tips.  It totally paid off.  One of my old friends from college suggested a good hike to go in San Fran: Slacker Hill.  The funny thing is right below the hike are the photo areas where you get pictures looking like this.

No disrespect to the above couple, it's still a fantastic picture, but unfortunately you get tons of people in the background taking pictures as well.

This is a good explanation of how exactly to get to the Slacker Hill trail head, but luckily we put "slacker hill trail head" into the Google maps app and it took us right to the start of it. So convenient! But if it doesn't pop up for you, I made a super simple map to follow below.

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Basically you want to pull off onto Conzelman Road and follow it around the hill.  Drive past all the photo op points and people looking for parking.  Right after the roundabout is the trailhead that we started from.

So we found the place easily enough, but you might be wondering why I don't have a ton of pictures from here.  Unfortunately, literally two days prior I tore my MCL while skiing in Tahoe.  I wanted so badly to do this hike and I was so incredibly stubborn when Matt told me maybe it wasn't the best idea. He thought we should just enjoy the view from the car and the photo op areas.  I was having none of it, so I strapped my knee tightly  into my brace and told Matt I would be fine. 

Turns out, I wasn't fine. 

The total hike is less than a mile up but it is still pretty steep.  About 1/4 of the way into it I was in a ridiculous amount of pain, plus we had to go so slowly so it took us forever to get up there. I refused to tell Matt that he was right. I have a hard time admitting defeat.  When I got to the top though, he could tell I was in a lot of pain because I could barely enjoy the view and I wasn't taking a ton (if any) pictures.  I sat down and admired it, but it was a little lost on me. 

I am glad I have one great picture of us from there and I don't regret my decision to do the hike.  The view was beautiful and looking back on the video I do look really happy.  I just wish I would have felt happier while up there.  I learned a hard lesson that day to live in the moment and enjoy it no matter how much pain you are in. Because now all I do is look back on my one picture of slacker hill and the Golden Gate bridge with a little bit of regret. Although, I guess that's a good excuse as any to go back!