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Getting to Know Clarendon Heights' Tank Hill

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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.

While most people — locals and visitors alike — choose Twin Peaks for a classic hilltop vista, less than a mile north is tiny Tank Hill with views that rival any in the City.

Where it's located: The park is near Twin Peaks, at the intersection of Clayton Street and Twin Peaks Boulevard. The easiest access is a stairway at Twin Peaks and Clarendon, but there is also an entrance at the east end of Belgrave Street (with limited parking on a very steep street).

What it features: Obviously the most appealing feature is the views, but the spot’s name comes from the Clarendon Heights Water Tank built in 1894, which was removed in 1957, and all that remains is its round foundation. There are a few paths that wind around the top (and stick to em - the steep climb and limited fencing can cause a little bit of vertigo).

How to get there: Though not the most transit-accessible, you can the 37-Corbett bus to 17th Street and Cole, walk west on 17th to Shrader, then follow Shrader south to Belgrave.

Dogs allowed?: Yes, but there are no real fences and some pretty steep edges, so it's not a good place to let your dog go nuts.

Don't Miss: The views are definitely something to write home about, and on a clear day you can see all the way to Bolinas and Mount Diablo.

Tank Hill

Clarendon Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94117