In the middle of Golden Gate Park is Stow Lake, and in the middle of the lake is Strawberry Hill. Leash up your pup and head over to this unique island for a pawsome afternoon hike. Named after the abundant strawberry plants that once filled the hillside, it is home to a trail that leads to the highest point of one of San Francisco’s most beloved parks.
Cross either Rustic Bridge or Roman Bridge over what looks like Strawberry Hill’s very own moat. Once on the island, there are a couple pawsome sites to see before making your way to the top of the hill. Stop by Huntington Falls and marvel at the man made masterpiece. This is a common spot for wedding photos. Once the coast is clear of brides and grooms snap a quick photo with your pup. Next, head over to the Golden Gate Pavilion. This Chinese style gazebo was actually a gift from Taipei to the City of San Francisco. Take a minute to sit here with your pal and listen to the resident birds.
When you’re ready to head up the hill, follow the dirt trail through the fragrant Monterrey pines and cypress trees. Trail runners love this trail, so you’ll probably see several people out for a jog. Once you get to the top, you are rewarded with putacular views. If the skies are clear, your pup can even see part of the Golden Gate Bridge. Read the interpretive sign about Strawberry Hill and give your pup a drink of water before descending down the trail.
If you have extra time after your hike, there is more
than enough to see in the rest of Golden Gate Park. While walking around the
park is free, the various activities have different prices and hours of
operation. Water and restrooms are available near the boathouse. Make sure your
pup gets plenty to drink and bring clean up bags. Strawberry Hill is one hike
your pup definitely won’t fur-get!