Strawberry Hill, San Francisco

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Strawberry Hill is a hill in San Francisco, California, near the center of Golden Gate Park. The hill occupies an entire island in the park's man-made Stow Lake, and is connected by two bridges to the mainland of the park.
The island is covered with a variety of trees and shrubbery and contains several trails and dirt steps that encircle and lead to the top of the hill.
Strawberry hill contains Huntington Falls, the first artificial 110 foot tall waterfall installed in Golden Gate Park that leads into the lake. The waterfall was named after railroad baron Collis Potter Huntington, who donated $25,000 to the cause.
The Golden Gate Pavilion, is a Chinese peace pagoda stands near the shore of the lake presented to San Francisco by its sister city Taipei in 1976.
The top of the hill is a quiet and peaceful open space with panoramic views of San Francisco although the view is slightly obscured by trees. In the center of the open area are the ruined foundations of the Sweeny Observatory, built in 1891 as a public viewpoint and destroyed by the 1906 earthquake.
Paths are closed to vehicle traffic. The hill is a popular destination for joggers and dog-walkers, especially on the weekends. Local high school track and cross country teams are frequently seen practicing running up and around the hill for resistance training.
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  • It's a nice vantage point in Golden gate park, right near the Lake and where probably worth pausing a bit ... Basically it's kind of a trail that climbs up the Hill, but not overly tiring.
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  • We got some of the best pictures of the park around Strawberry Hill. The water, bridges, trees and birds are all really amazing. It was early morning and the light through the trees was almost over wo...  more »
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  • Had a wonderful afternoon in the Golden Gate Park, some lovely trails to walk, and some fantastic wildlife, even saw a Hummingbird around the lake. There are Turtles in the lake and some were on a branch sunning themselves, we also saw a bird of prey but was not able to identify the species. Lovely day out.
  • Beautiful place every time we go to San Francisco we definitely visit this awesome park you got to go to the highest point then you will see the beauty

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