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The Bernal Heights neighborhood is bordered by Cesar Chavez to the north, Highway 101 to the east, Interstate 280 to the south, and wraps up with San Jose Avenue to the west. Resting closer to the San Francisco Bay, the area is not subject to the whims of the Pacific Ocean when it comes to weather, but it can still be foggy in the mornings with reduced visibility until the sun burns off the fog. 'Mild' defines San Francisco weather with little to no rainfall and most of the rain falling between November and March.  

A few fun places to visit with your furry friend include Bender's Bar and Grill on Van Ness. Your pooch is welcome inside and remember to ask about the house-made dog treats!  El Rio on Mission has a great backyard with ping pong and shuffleboard that your pooch can enjoy with you. Stop in at Holy Water on Cortland as well. 

Terrain in Bernal Heights Park
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Mostly Hilly
In Bernal Heights, you will find the hilly terrain San Francisco is famous for. Be prepared for the uphill, downhill climb with some good walking shoes. You and your pup will get a good workout just in the residential part of the neighborhood. Bernal Heights has something for everyone with its quiet residential streets, a more metro feel on Mission Street, and, for nature lovers, three large parks with a few small planned green spaces. The overall terrain is a good balance of natural and artificial.  

If you keep to the residential section, expect a heavy sidewalk experience with on-street parallel parking that can reduce visibility on busy streets. Use caution around the heavier trafficked streets and obey pedestrian safety laws by only crossing along crosswalks and not in between parked cars. Many of the homes also have front garages, so be cautious and watch for cars backing out onto the streets.  

Greenways in Bernal Heights Park
Neighborhoods in San Francisco have an average of:
16 Greenways
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The parks in Bernal Heights offer the much-needed green spaces for the dog-friendly neighborhood. The Bernal Heights Park is an off-leash park that sits on top of the Bernal Heights Summit. The trails here vary in difficulty, so a bit of experimenting might be in order to find one you and your pup can do successfully. Keep untrained pups on a leash! 

St. Mary's Dog Play Area off of Justin Drive has been ranked as one of the best dog play parks in the city. The park has a double gated entrance to keep our furry friends safe coming in and out of the park. It offers a large, manicured grass field for exercise and play and lots of benches and picnic tables for two-legged folks. Water fountains are available to keep your furry friend hydrated. The area is not separated for large and small dogs, so keep an eye on your little pups.  

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