Bernal Heights, Another San Francisco View
50 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA, USA
Bernal Heights, Another San Francisco View Reviews
Oct 31, 2006
Bernal Heights overlooks the Mission, but on a clear day you can see much much more than that. When we went it got really foggy as we went higher. This reduced the view but added a fabulous spooky feel. As you walk along the top, there's one place where you can look out and see several teirs of landscape below: the hill below rising one way, the mission curving down beyond that, the 280 tilted up, Twin Peaks rising and Market/SoMA falling away. You can't see all the major landmarks like at Coit Tower or what have you, but I loved how it invoked that M. C. Escher picture of the stairs to nowhere, especially with the fog.
The way down from Bernal Heights is half the fun. The top of the hill itself is pretty bare and tree-less. On the way down, you see a semi-hidden staircase winding straight down into an alcove of trees. You take the stairs and find yourself winding down a foresty staircase toward a residential area. Across the street another hidden staircase leads back down the foresty hill .. and into a -- slide! A metal children's slide built into the hill. Slide down the side of the hill and into a sandbox before descending down the stairs onto another residential street. Suddenly, you're in a quiet, clean, paved East-Coast-esque little neighborhood. Make a couple turns and a couple blocks away you find yourself back in the heart of the mission, 20 minutes and 2 worlds away.
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