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Buena Vista Loop





by Transit & Trails


Wildlife Sightings

by iNaturalist


Length: 1.69 miles
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: Halfday
Created by Jackson Mauze

  • Walk-in Access Only


Buena Vista Park represents much of what makes San Francisco and the Bay Area so great. Combine the culture and energy of the Haight with the quiet, evergreen Buena Vista for a day of excitement and relaxation.

First authorized in 1870, Buena Vista’s twisting pathways and steep paths provide visitors with a sense of solitude right smack in the center of the city. Paved and unpaved roads crisscross the hills to satiate the appetites of the keenest adventurers and most energetic dogs.

The park has multiple entrances, so if you don’t want to wander Haight Street before stepping off for some quiet reflection in the park, dive in from any of the other remote entrances for a more personal feel. Choose to either take a set path through the park or merely seek out its secrets for yourself, including breath-taking city views and a groomed lawn to relax at the hill’s summit.

Ivy creeps up the trunks and branches of looming Monterey Cypress, Big Leaf Maple, and California Holly trees, imbuing the park with an untamed spirit. Check it out for yourself!


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