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Grand View Park, San Francisco

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Grandview Park, also referred to as Turtle Hill by local residents, is a small, elevated park in the Sunset District, San Francisco, California. It is surrounded by 14th and 15th Avenues, as well as Noriega Street.

Despite its small size, 3.98 acres (1.61 ha) or about the size of a city block, the park is important geologically and botanically and offers views of downtown San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, to the Pacific Ocean, the Marin headlands, and across to the Sutro Tower.

The summit of Grandview Park rises to about 666 feet (203 m). It is an outcrop of chert, which is part of the heterogeneous assemblage known as the Franciscan Formation, or Franciscan Assemblage, the primary geologic feature on which the city of San Francisco is founded, here covered with a thin layer of sand. It provides one of the last remaining habitats within the city for a number of native plants, including the endangered Franciscan wallflower and dune tansy, and also bush lupin, beach strawberry, bush monkey flower, and coyote bush. The hill is crowned with Monterey cypress trees.

Because of the fragility of the environment, visitors to the park are asked to keep to paths.
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  • Neat little rocky park. Almost-360 view, excepting the high points of twin peaks to the east. Probably great for the sunset too. Start with the 16th ave steps and continue up, can come down the...  more »
  • After climbing the decorative stairways in the area we decided to make one more climb and hike up stairs to Grand View Park. This park is located in the inner Sunset District of San Francisco and we....  more »
  • This place wasn’t on my list, I happened to discover it via the tiled steps and mosaic steps before that. The best bird eye view the Pacific Ocean and houses by the side as well as panaromic view of the citywide. This was where I got my first sneak peak of the Golden Gate Bridge. The park is great for view and exercise as it’s elevated and has tons of stairs to climb from the road.
  • This is a fantastic park on a hill top with full 360 degree view of the City and Bay Area. Night time view is also spectacular. Almost always very windy at top so bring a jacket as it can get pretty chilly anytime of the year. Must be able to climb a lot of stairs and most will need to stop to catch your breath and muscle burn on the way up.

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