The Glen Canyon
Park that is located at the southside of San Francisco is not large one (only 66
acre) but unlike many other urban parks it is more natural and gives a feeling
of "out of town" nature parks.
Not so far from Glen Canyon Park you can find the Mnt. Davidson Park, they both can be combined into a longer hike loop:
In its southern
and lower section there are tennis courts, few community buildings and grass lawns
but as you continue up into the small canyon it changes into natural forested creek
and slopes, native grasslands with wildflower growths.
many trails in the park, but you can spend here an hour exploring different
section and enjoying the view from the rocks above.
I visited the
park towards the late afternoon / sunset and got to see coyote as well as lots
of birds of prey.
At the top of
the park there is a series of houses on concrete pillars hanging above the
slope, I assume they are designed to withstand an earthquake
If you continue
hiking the path along the gorge after the houses, the trail ascends in the
direction of a small exit to the Portola Dr. Road.
This Park is
good place to hike with kids, not so long hikes and you get the feeling of nature
adventure in the middle of the city. Beyond the main trail near the tennis area
the trails are not suitable for strollers.