Land of Lakes

San Francisco, California

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While three-quarters of Golden Gate Park’s land area was sand dunes until the 1870s, these “outside lands” were never completely dry. Scattered throughout the dunes were fourteen marshy lakes. Today, three of the original lakes remain, though they have been landscaped and altered from their original state. They’re known as the Chain of Lakes: North Lake, Middle Lake, and South Lake. The park’s other lakes are manmade, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by the diversity and quantity of animals that have made their homes in and around them.
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by Alexandra Kenin (The Mountaineers Books)

While three-quarters of Golden Gate Park’s land area was sand dunes until the 1870s, these “outside lands” were never completely dry. Scattered throughout the dunes were fourteen marshy lakes.

Today, three of the original lakes remain, though they have been landscaped and altered from their original state. They’re known as the Chain of Lakes: North Lake, Middle Lake, and South Lake. The park’s other lakes are manmade, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by the diversity and quantity of animals that have made their homes in and around them.

© 2016  Alexandra Kenin /The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: San Francisco
Distance: 5.6
Elevation Gain: 280 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: San Francisco Recreation and Park Department
Local Maps: Japanese Tea Garden, San Francisco
Driving Directions: Directions to Land of Lakes

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Apr 2018