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Bernal Heights Park Trail

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Bernal Heights Park

Bernal Heights Park Trail is a 1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Francisco, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 1.0 miles Elevation Gain: 108 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly


nature trips


bird watching


partially paved


wild flowers


Bernal Heights features stunning panoramic views of San Francisco. Do a full spin (360 degrees) at the top of Bernal Hill and be awed by how beautiful the sights are. Visitors will be able to catch glimpses of the Golden Gate Bridge, the East Bay hills, downtown SF and so much more! This park is a hidden treasure for both locals and visitors. This trail is family friendly and dog friendly. It's accessible year round and can also be used for running. Make sure to check out the California poppies and other flora or fauna living here. Additionally, this park is home to over 40 bird species making it a fun location to go bird watching. As one of the larger parks in SF, visitors and locals come to watch fireworks during the holidays or have picnics here. Bernal Heights Park also has both dirt and paved trails, a recreation center, playgrounds, and a community garden. Check out the "Painted Rock," as you're trekking around in the park. This rock gets painted every so often depending on the season. Park Hours: 5 AM to Midnight

21 days ago

My (almost) 5 year old daughter and I have been hiking Bernal Heights Park since she was 2 and explored almost every bit of the hill. There are often many people (and their dogs) on the service road and the summit, but we have found many somewhat hidden, small trails around the perimeter of the park. There are several trails appropriate for differently agreed kids. Lots of little places to explore and nature to be seen. Coyotes and birds of prey make occasional appearances. We're very glad to have this neighborhood resource during Shelter In Place! Oh yeah, lots of panoramic views, of course. Most of the eastern half of SF is visible, as well as much of the East Bay.

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2 months ago

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3 months ago

Wonderful little hike in the city. The hike is pretty short but there’s plenty of loops to take and it’s a pretty steep incline. At the top you get great views of the city and there’s a small wooden swing to play on. 8/10 a very nice little hike if you live nearby and don’t want to leave the city.

5 months ago

Nice trail with a great view of the city!

7 months ago

I love this park. Barely a trail! It’s more like a gorgeous scenic loop, really short and easy. The swing is cool, more for IG photos and to say you “did it”

8 months ago

I take my dogs here all the time. I’m so lucky to live right down the street! Construction going on now near the water fountain.

8 months ago

Nice and simple loop with gorgeous views. Can be a bit rocky up and down the hill on the smaller paths. If it’s a clear morning, go at dawn for the sunrise - wow!

10 months ago

Amazing views. Always windy as hell. The trail is exposed on a hill, bring sunscreen and windbreaker. A bit overrun with dogs. Lovely views though and a cool swing!!!!

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11 months ago

Sat Feb 23 2019

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.

Mon Oct 15 2018

easy and great view

Sat Aug 25 2018

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

Mon Aug 13 2018

Amazing views of downtown SF

Sun Jul 29 2018

Rope swing is gone

Tue Jul 10 2018

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

Mon Jan 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.

Mon 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.

Mon May 08 2017

I love Bernal!

Wed Mar 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!

Mon Jan 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

Wed Dec 28 2016

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

Fri Aug 26 2016

Easy breezy!

Tue Aug 16 2016


Tue Jul 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!

Tue Jul 12 2016

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

Sat Jul 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.

Wed Jun 15 2016

Amazing view, very easy hike up.

Tue Jun 07 2016

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

Mon Jan 11 2016

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

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