For an off-the-beaten-path panorama of San Francisco’s icons—old and new!—head to the eucalyptus-covered peak at Bayview Park. This quiet and secluded 46-acre preserve in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood is home to oak groves and rare Islais cherry trees, but it’s the 360-degree view of San Francisco that steals the scene. The trail, just over a mile long, ascends a steep quarter-mile up a wide paved trail, before leveling off under tree-cover. Cross-city vistas permeate the trek; spy Sutro Tower, the new (and old) Bay Bridge, and get a look at Candlestick Park before it’s demolished next year. The stadium sits amid a colorful grid of rooftops unfurling toward downtown SF’s skyscrapers. The pattern across the city looks so neatly puzzled together it could pass for a canvas painting. At the eucalyptus-covered peak you’ll find the 1934 art deco radio tower built by the William Randolph Hearst Company. Inhale the scent of leaves and take in the solitude. Bayview’s a San Francisco treat.
Bayview Park is located at 900 Key Ave. in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco. Street parking is available at the end of Key Ave. There, you’ll see a gate. Proceed through the gate to begin your hike. Dog-friendly!