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Stow Lake and Strawberry Hill Loop

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Stow Lake and Strawberry Hill Loop is a 2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Francisco, California that features a lake 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 but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.0 mi Elevation gain 154 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Stroller friendly Nature trips Paddle sports Walking Bird watching Running Lake Partially paved Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife
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The Stow Lake Loop offers a pleasant stroll around a beautiful lake. A popular spot for joggers and bird watchers. Explore The island and walk past Hunington Falls.

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Christopher Eassey
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Jane Blunck
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it’s an idyllic retreat in the heart of the city! Great spot for bird watching and strolling along the lake shore, highly recommend this walk. Very peaceful and family friendly

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Vipul Thakur
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Amy Tran
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Beautiful trail.

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My Tran
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Nice trail with lots of flowers

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Theresa Summer
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Walking

Easy and fun. Nice bridges, boat watching and my son loves the rock steps by the waterfall and pagoda. Great for visitors.

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Aditi Sharma
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Lauren P
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Classic park hike. Make sure to catch the waterfall. There are picnic tables up at the top which is nice on a clear day

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Victor Paramo
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Mackenzie Moppin
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Little bit crowded, lots of ducks and very pretty view! water is very green

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Mary Splan
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Nice but crowded

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jorge arreguin
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Great easy winding trail with many shortcuts to explore. Friday afternoon and wasn't crowded at all.

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Joseph M
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Awesome lazy hike.. The scenery was beautiful.

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Joseph M
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melissa garcia
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Great little trail for a stroll through the park, the staircase that leads up to strawberry hill has steep stairs so be extra careful, although the views are very much worth it! It is also a busy trail so make sure to bring your mask during these COVID times because the trails are only about 4 feet wide.

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Juan carlos Lopez
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Hermoso lugar y muy bonita cascada

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Clarence Kenner
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Great views of entire SF area , man made lake with rental boats. Waterfalls didn’t see many strawberries lol Will be back with my kids.

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Josey Teran
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Nice kid friendly trail.

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Ryan Phelan
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Went with my family (easy for a young kid) and observed lots of plants and birds. seems like an extension on the botanical gardens with all the flora to be seen. Saw a number of waterfowl (Canada geese, mallards, great blue herons, night herons...). A fair number of people on the paths as well. Easy street parking right next to the outer path. The ducks are very used to people and expect to be fed (which we didn't - please don't feed the ducks, for their own good!)

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Chyna Motte
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Matt Morris
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Great view at the top and the lake at the bottom

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Shayan Saeed
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It's cool. Very crowded with people even with social distancing.

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Aubrey C
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Happened to go on a day where the sun was out so it was a plesant walk. if you are walking around the base/exterior of Stow Lake, it is pretty easy. The steps going up Strawberry Hill are a little steep but not that hard. Not much of a view at the top since the trees are blocking , but a nice place where there were numerous people reading. The most unpleasant thing was the dirty pond/reservoir that was located around the middle of the hill right behind the falls. Huntington Falls is pretty for an artificial falls since it pools between stepping stones (man-made) and runs into Stow Lake. The smell close to the falls was not a fresh scent, but I won't say it was terrible or unbearable. Overall, a pleseant hike/walk away from the city.

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damon cole
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Great little trail. Cool history to it. We also went out to the Japanese tea garden, which is why our distance is longer than the 2.0 mi.

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Mary Ngo
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Short and sweet, beautiful!

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Vinh Le
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Beautiful hike

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Chelsea Ducote
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Fun for families! Easy. Walk to the top of strawberry hill or paddle in stow lake.

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Jeff Scott
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beautiful view of the city at the top of the waterfall

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Angela Alaniz
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Great with kiddos or visitors.

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Paul Remmenga
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I really liked this trail. Although you can hear the sounds of the city in the distance, they have done a wonderful job putting this together. It would be even better when they have the waterfall turned on. Looks like the stream would run through the separations between the pads on the east part of the island.

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