Outer Mission is a neighborhood with a flavor and vibe all of its own. It is not famous like other neighborhoods in San Francisco and perhaps that is part of what makes it so popular with the residents. They still have this great culture and color to their neighborhood without all the attention. This area had its start in the 1910’s and consists of a mix of single-family homes and rentals, giving it a busy and diverse population. Most of the amenities in this neighborhood exist along the outskirts with the highest density collected around Mission Street. Rocket will be well cared for with access to just about everything a pampered pooch could possibly want.
Weather in San Francisco is equally as exciting for the avid walker and their best friend since the weather is incredibly mild year round. No extremes in the seasons mean that, aside from pacific storms, you are free to walk throughout the year.
The terrain varies throughout the neighborhood with some sections having a fair number of hills and other areas being relatively flat. To the north and west, you will a large ridge that make walks a bit more challenging. The central area of the neighborhood has a few hills that are not quite so intense, making it a good place for those interested in getting fit to focus their attention. Finally, to the south, you will find flatter ground that is perfect for those who do not care to work up a sweat.
It is important to keep in mind that you should not only look after your own health, but you should be conscious of your pup's extra pounds as well. While Rocket will faithfully follow you until they drop, you probably do not want that to be the direct result of your walk. Watch for signs that your dog might be struggling and adjust your walks accordingly.
Balboa Park is the closest park to Outer Mission, but it is mainly sports fields with a bit of grass. Most sports fields do not allow dogs, so keep that in mind when looking for a park where you can let Rocket sink their feet into some nice green grass.
To the east of Outer Mission is Crocker Amazon Playground and, while most playgrounds do not encourage dogs, this one welcomes them with dog-friendly areas where you will be able to allow your pup a nice long run free of being tethered to you. There are also lots of trails and the playground is attached to John McLaren Park, a 312-acre park that is accessible by trails off the Crocker Amazon Playground. The multitude of trails will give you access to the meadows, grasslands, and wetlands that inhabit this space.
San Francisco’s second largest park is just a few blocks away from Outer Mission.