The Philosopher’s Way

San Francisco, California

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John McLaren Park, the second-largest park in San Francisco, opened in 1934. The park is named for John Hays McLaren, a Scottish immigrant who was superintendent of Golden Gate Park for more than ?fty years. In the park’s 312 acres, you’ll ?nd 7 miles of trails, a golf course, water tower, reservoir, lake, and the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater (Garcia grew up in the area). The park is surrounded by neighborhoods such as Portola, Excelsior, Crocker Amazon, and Visitacion Valley, whose reputations range from family friendly to crime ridden.
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by Alexandra Kenin (The Mountaineers Books)

John McLaren Park, the second-largest park in San Francisco, opened in 1934. The park is named for John Hays McLaren, a Scottish immigrant who was superintendent of Golden Gate Park for more than ?fty years.

In the park’s 312 acres, you’ll ?nd 7 miles of trails, a golf course, water tower, reservoir, lake, and the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater (Garcia grew up in the area). The park is surrounded by neighborhoods such as Portola, Excelsior, Crocker Amazon, and Visitacion Valley, whose reputations range from family friendly to crime ridden.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: San Francisco
Distance: 2.7
Elevation Gain: 420 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 50 minutes
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: San Francisco Recreation and Park Department
Local Maps: Mansell St. and Visitacion Ave., San Francisco
Driving Directions: Directions to The Philosopher’s Way

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Apr 2018