Russian Hill is one of San Francisco’s original ‘Seven Hills’. It is directly north of Nob’s Hill and just south of Fisherman’s Wharf on the coast. Cow Hollow and the Marina District are set to the west of the area, while its eastern side is bordered by Route 101, Van Ness Avenue.
The area is home to a wealth of pet amenities, providing you with everything you could need to keep your puppy friend happy. Russian Hill Dog Groomer can be found on Hyde Street in central Russian Hill, catering to your pup's pampering needs. Bow Wow Meow is a one-stop-shop which also offers grooming services, as well as dog training and pet supplies. It can be found to the south on Polk Street. Jeffery’s Natural Pet Shop can be found in the east near Washington Square. If you’re looking for veterinary services, SF Vet House Calls does a mobile service in the area.
Of course, being one of San Francisco’s ‘Seven Hills’, Russian Hill is, by no means, a flat landscape. Expect steep slopes throughout the area. In fact, the area is home to one of San Francisco’s most famous roads – Lombard Street – known for the incredibly steep, winding slope. If your fitness levels aren’t all they used to be, this terrain can be incredibly difficult to traverse. These slopes can also be tricky on the knees when traveling downhill, so make sure you plan your walk around this for both you and your dog's fitness levels.
The area is incredibly built up as it is one of the city’s most famous boroughs. There is no natural terrain, so if you’re looking for something a little more wild and rugged, head to the coastal areas on the opposite side of the island. Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the most popular tourist destinations, so may not be quite what you're looking for.
George Sterling Park can be found in the west, close to Lombard Street. It is a hilltop landscaped park that provides wide open space, as well as tennis courts and playing fields. From this greenway, you can capture views of the Golden Gate Bridge, so if you’re prepared for the steep terrain, it’s an ideal place to visit.
The Michelangelo Playground can be found on Greenwich Street. It is a small park within walking distance of George Sterling, providing a playground, benches, and a half-basketball court, as well as curated gardens. Russian Hill Park can be found further up Park Street, offering beautiful views of the city for those looking for a walk with a wow factor. In the north, you have Fort Mason that provides a whole host of green spaces, walking trails, and a view of the Bay. Overall, Russian Hill is a great place for exploring the city and finding interesting walks along the way.