Bernal Hill provides visitors with a breathtaking 360-degree panorama and clear views of San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, downtown, San Bruno Mountain, and the hills of the East Bay. These windswept slopes are still sunny when Twin Peaks is shrouded in afternoon fog. Red-tailed hawks soar overhead, the breeze sends waves undulating through the native grassland community, and visitors hike around the hill’s peaceful summit to escape from the complexities of urban life. As one of the few remaining natural refuges in San Francisco, Bernal Hill is a special place for the city’s human and wildlife inhabitants. A paved limited-access road and a network of well-defined dirt trails wind around the hill’s flanks and provide access to the summit.

Easy breezy!

walking
4 months ago

Popular neighbourhood hill near the Mission in SF. Great for a quick nice view of the City. Plenty of off-leash dogs if that's your thing. But there usually is at least some spot to hunker down and ponder away from dog walkers and people and the views are very nice albeit it does get windy. Early morning/evening especially nice.

Very popular for special astronomical events (eg super moons) and Fourth of July!

Great short hike for the dogs. Great views for their people.

Very easy hike with some opportunity to "get off the beaten path" by hiking up the hill. Dogs are everywhere, with plenty of opportunities for off leash running.

Amazing view, very easy hike up.

A good 360 view of SF. Great place for a hangout after work

Breathtaking views of SFO. Just too many dogs with no leashes.

walking
1 year ago

trail running
1 year ago

My "home break". Love running up and around Bernal Heights Park. Lovely views.

One of the best urban hikes in SF. You get an amazing 360 degrees view of the city as a reward when you atop that hill. Not too strenuous. Dog friendly. Has a water fountain at the start and easily accessible by Bart! What more could you ask.

Outstanding views. A little bit of a climb but still kid-friendly. If you're a long time San Franciscan, this is a must.

Some of the best views of SF from this "hidden gem" of the city. Views of GG, Bay Bridge, Oakland, Candlestick, Sutro, mt Davidson, Marin Headlands, etc... Easy Parking, dog friendly.

Incredible views of the city and fun slides.

Has the full gambit, from an easy paved trail to steep cutbacks straight up the hill. The view of the city from the top is spectacular, particularly at night.