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If you’re looking for a quiet, non-touristy place with a view, check out Bernal Heights Park, also known as Bernal Hill or Bernal Heights Summit. This peaceful spot offers a short, uphill hike via a paved road or dirt trails (or both). At the top, you’re rewarded with a 360-degree view of San Francisco and the surrounding area.

On one side of the hill, you’ll also find a large, adult-friendly swing hanging from a massive tree. Be sure to take a few minutes here to snap some photos for social media. (We say adult friendly because it’s not for the faint of heart. It takes a little effort to climb onto and to hold onto. It’s better for bigger kids, not the little ones.)

This is also a popular spot for dog walking, so if you need a canine fix, you may just be able to find a friendly pooch to pet.

Racertrips Tips

  • Before or after you head up to the peak, grab a bite to eat at the Precita Park Cafe.
  • There is a decent amount of street parking nearby. Take your normal precautions, though, and don’t leave any valuables in the car.

1 Review for Bernal Heights Park

Tricia Piper-Bennett

3 Reviews

Love the big swing

5/ 5

If you’re looking for a quiet, non-touristy place with a view, check out Bernal Heights Park, also known as Bernal Hill or Bernal Heights Summit. This peaceful spot offers a short, uphill hike via a paved road or dirt trails (or both). At the top, you’re rewarded with a 360-degree view of San Francisco and the surrounding area. On one side of the hill, you’ll also find a large, adult-friendly swing hanging from a massive tree. Be sure to take a few minutes here to snap some photos for social media. (We say adult friendly because it’s not for the faint of heart. It takes a little effort to climb onto and to hold onto. It’s better for bigger kids, not the little ones.) This is also a popular spot for dog walking, so if you need a canine fix, you may just be able to find a friendly pooch to pet.

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