Explore the most popular trails in Bernal Heights Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

This was a very short hike but a nice place to bring your dogs for a walk. The place was very lively and one gets a beautiful view of the Bay Area and the SF.

5 months ago

easy and great view

great place to go with your dog. lookout for the coyote living there :)

Amazing views of downtown SF

Rope swing is gone

Nice place for a walk or run. Excellent place to take your dogs to do exercise.

Monday, January 22, 2018

It’s a great trail and a great view. But, if you go on the small trails up higher, they are very steep and some may find them pretty scary.

Monday, May 15, 2017

This is definitely one of my favorite walks with my dog because starting from the bottom of the hill, I can get a bit of exercise at the same time. The views from the top of the hill are indeed stunning on a clear day. I also like the public art up here.

I love Bernal!

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

This is my favorite spot for a nature walk in San Francisco. You get a stunning 360 view of the city. The walk is easy and there are cute dogs everywhere! It's also a great workout spot if you run the loop several times. Someone added a swing at the very top, but I wouldn't hop on as it looks quite unstable. There are 2 tiny lots for parking; one at the foot of the trail, and one midway up. Make sure to park at the one at the foot of the loop!

Monday, January 02, 2017

Great views of the city and rarely gets crowded. It can be windy but is a great place to watch the fog roll in over Sutro

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Gets super windy and lots of dogs but a nice spot to get up high for views of the city

Friday, August 26, 2016

Easy breezy!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

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.

Saturday, July 02, 2016

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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Amazing view, very easy hike up.

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

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

Monday, January 11, 2016

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

trail running
Monday, April 27, 2015

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

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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.

Monday, August 11, 2014

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

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Incredible views of the city and fun slides.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

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.

1 month ago

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