Bernal Heights Park

San Francisco, California 94110

Bernal Heights Park

Bernal Heights Park Professional Review and Guide

"Bernal Heights rises up from the southern edge of the Mission, where narrow streets dead-end long before they can reach this rocky, windswept hilltop. The broad views of the Mission, Potrero Hill, the bay, and the distant downtown skyline are fantastic—but that’s par for the course in San Francisco. What makes this walk especially alluring is the suddenness with which the sheltered, slightly funky Bernal Heights neighborhood turns into a rugged chunk of wilderness. The hill is home to many red-tailed hawks that glide silently about the slopes looking for anything small that moves. Wear good hiking shoes for this one. And if you have a dog handy, bring it along and free it from its leash—you’ll both fit right in."

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"Sunny Bernal Heights enjoys extraordinary views of the city. With the largest number of stairways of any neighborhood, it also has a greater variety of street names with historic associations than any other. Among them you find: Banks, Winslow, Putnam, Army, Moultrie, and Sumter that relate to the Civil War; Powhattan, Samoset, and Massasoit that relate to Native American leaders; and several that relate to the US Colonial period. Bernal Heights has streets that change names, corners that don’t coincide, some unpaved paths, and some of the most dedicated and active neighborhood- watch groups in the city. Neighbors here know how to work and cooperate with city agencies; they have been successful in establishing and preserving open space and community gardens wherever feasible."

"The streets of Bernal Heights East meet at angles that vary from the rectangular grid. Also, street names can flip-flop within a block, and several streets converge at a “corner.” Adah has mentioned these facts to several residents, who did seem surprised, but they understand the system."

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Trail Information

San Francisco
Nearby City
2
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
Year-round
Season