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Enjoy the View From Rocky Outcrop Park in Golden Gate Heights

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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.


Not quite a park but classified as one, Rocky Outcrop Park is a hidden gem for adventure lovers and hiking buffs alike. Because of its rugged cliffs, native plants and breathtaking vistas, this little known slice of wilderness in the heart of the city is well worth a visit (If you can find it, that is) Where it's located: Nestled right in the heart of Golden Gate Heights, the park is accessible from the corner of 14th Avenue and Ortega Streets.

What it features: Beautiful views of the surrounding neighborhoods and the Pacific Ocean. It's a natural area without manicured lawns or trails, so proper footwear is in order. It's also teeming with butterflies and other wildlife, like lizards and moles.

How to get there: Take Muni line 66 and get off at 15th Avenue and Mount Lane, then climb the steps at Mount Lane up to 14th Avenue.

Dogs Allowed? There are no signs posted about dogs. However, it's prudent to keep them on a leash as the park ends in series of steep cliffs with no protective barriers.

Don't miss: The precariously perched boulder that juts out from the hillside in the southern portion of the park. Those adventurous enough to step out on it will benefit from unobstructed ocean views and feel like they're on top of the world. - Dylan Pilaar