We all love Golden Gate Park and Dolores Park, but did you know San Francisco has over 220 parks and open spaces? Curbed SF wants to bring fame and glory to some of the smaller, lesser-known parks, and we're doing so with our series Park Life. Each week we'll spotlight a different San Francisco park or open space, and bring you all the details you need to plan a visit.
Edgehill Mountain Open Space near West Portal [Photos: Alex Bevk]
Wedged between Mt. Davidson and Forest Hill, Edgehill Mountain Open Space is a protected mountain side that offers some killer views. Originally part of Adolph Sutro's San Miguel Ranch, the Edgehill Mountain land was sold following his death in 1898. After the land became one of the city's first subdivisions, known as Claremont Court, houses were built on the mountain's western and southern slopes. Soon after, winter rains caused mudslides several times in the past (in the '50s a house was taken out, and in 1997 mud crashed into some unfinished homes). In 1985, Edgehill Mountain Park was established when the city purchased one acre of the mountain's undeveloped western slope and designated the area an Open Space Park.
Where it's located: Entrances from Knockash Hill and Shangri-La Way (off of Ulloa St or Vasquez Ave)
What it features: There is basically one trail running across the park from Knockash to Edgehill Streets with a couple of benches. The views are best on a clear day, and tree lovers can check out the Monterey pine and cypress trees (along with plenty of invasive blue gum eucalyptus).
How to get there: Take the KT, M, or L to West Portal Station and walk up Ulloa, or take the 36, 43, or 48 bus and walk the rest of the way.
Dogs allowed?: Yes, but must be on a leash. There is only one trail to hike on, so there are no open areas for dogs to romp around.
Don't Miss: Volunteer meet the second Saturday of even-numbered months from 1-3 p.m., and work to renew trails, eliminate non-native invasive plants and replant some of the 18 indigenous plants.
· SF Natural Areas Program - Edgehill Mountain [SFNAP]
· Edgehill Mountain History [SF Parks Alliance]
· Edgehill Mountain Park Restoration [Bay Nature]