Cayuga Terrace is a rectangular neighborhood nestled against Highway 280 with Balboa Park insulating the neighborhood from the highway across half its area. The neighborhood is bordered by Excelsior to the east, Outer Mission to the south, and Sunnyside to the north.
There are lots of businesses to cater to your pup on any San Francisco day. The Pooch Coach can have even the most stubborn canine loving their training. The Better Nature Dog Trainer offers another option in positive dog training in this area. Your dog can enjoy playing off-leash at the St. Mary’s Dog Park. Be careful when letting your dog play freely in hot weather, as they may have so much fun that they forgets to drink water. Make sure to provide regular water and stop play periodically so that dogs can rest in the shade. Even with this in mind, there are plenty of other areas to visit that can provide cooler opportunities.
Walking through this part of San Francisco is very pleasant. Tight little single-family homes with primarily Spanish or modern construction sit flush together on a wide sidewalk. Some homes have charming shrubs or vines near their doorways and going up the banisters of the outdoors steps, but no yards. Other blocks have small grassy yards and compact landscaping. Depending on where you are in this neighborhood, you can enjoy walking your dog on a loose leash or being on a bike or skateboard. Most of this area is relatively level for San Francisco. Occasional alleys provide an especially good place to engage in a few different activities with your pup at your side.
It is easy to find a change in terrain and a challenge for your dog. Glen Canyon Park is just north of Cayuga Terrace and has walking trails of varying difficulty so that you can build your dog’s confidence by increasing difficulty gradually.
There are a variety of natural spaces near Cayuga Terrace that you can enjoy with your dog. Within the neighborhood, Balboa Park is devoted primarily to ball fields but does have some great grassy area to enjoy as well.
If you are looking for more extensive exploration, you can go north to Glen Canyon Park. This gorgeous park has highly varied terrain, so you can choose a path that matches you and your dog’s skill level. The thickly forested area offers relief from hot California days. Open, slanted terrain provides a great challenge and works your dog’s muscles on the incline. This lovely park leads on to the Twin Peaks Park which has trails winding around each of its peaks, providing stunning views of the city below.
If you are looking for a tamer exploration, you have a short drive to the San Francisco Botanical Garden. For a gorgeous lake park to enjoy, head towards the coast and Lake Merced Park.