Forest Hill is a residential neighborhood in the middle of San Francisco, California. The Forest Hill Extension, also known as 'Laguna Honda', is a smaller neighborhood located south of Dewey Boulevard. Laguna Honda Boulevard and Portola Drive border the neighborhood with about twelve blocks of private homes inside, making it a great residential area that is nice and quiet with sidewalks for traversing through and treescapes alongside for shade. Make sure you arrange to clean up after your canine friend as would be expected in residential areas since you'll be passing front lawns and other private properties along the way. You will not find any retail or restaurants in this neighborhood, so plan ahead with plenty of water to keep you hydrated and comfortable. Luckily, the San Francisco climate is moderate with summers being usually cool so you can avoid any extreme heat. Winters are mild and rainfall is low, making the area ideal year round.
San Francisco is known for its hilly terrain and this neighborhood is a reflection of that reputation. Expect the typical ups and downs of a rolling neighborhood, making it a bit imposing for dogs that may be low-energy or pups who may struggle with higher elevations. Concrete sidewalks will be your path through the area, so keep an eye out for any passing traffic. While not as gritty as a city street, you will want to watch for things that could injure sensitive paws.
Trees provide a canopy of shade and the green areas throughout most of the neighborhood will be private yards which will require some care to avoid walking through. Luckily, automotive traffic will be lighter in this neighborhood but as a result, not all crosswalks will be marked. Exercising caution when crossing the road is imperative to keep you and your furry friend safe during your daily outings.
The hidden gem in this neighborhood is the Edgehill Mountain. It is 2.33 acres of urban forest smack dab in the middle of the city. Friends of Edgehill Mountain have volunteered countless hours to preserve this area that was once part of Adolph Sutro’s San Miquel Ranch. You will find a natural, wooded hillside with remarkable views of Mount Davidson, the Sunset District, and the Pacific Ocean. Pine trees support red-tailed hawks and other wildlife which you can spot every so often. Edgehill Mountain is a climbing hill with marked trails you will want to stay on to protect yourself, your canine friend, and the environment. Some of the unmarked areas can be prone to rock that is unsteady and can cause slipping.
Another green space is the Slope Protection at Portula. This is not a planned greenway meant for walking or climbing, but rather a planned protection against the landslides that are common in California.