San Francisco has numerous parks and open spaces - over 220 of them - and while some are large and well known (think Golden Gate Park, Dolores Park, Alamo Square, Twin Peaks) some are barely known even to residents living close by.
One often overlooked park is a small park in the central part of town, one with lovely views - Kite Hill.
One winter day (one of the few rainy days we experienced this last winter) my husband and I decided to explore the Eureka Valley area of town. Not far from the Castro, just below Twin Peaks and Market Street, is a lovely neighborhood of single-family homes, apartment buildings and condos. Like many San Francisco neighborhoods, surprises are tucked away, often where least expected, and steep streets turn into staircases.
Kite Hill was one such surprise, appearing where several streets dead-ended. Here we found a number of footpaths, met nearby residents walking their dogs, stopped to enjoy the views of the City. We found most of the area to be open grasslands, with one smaller area with heavy tree cover.
To see more pictures, taken in better weather, please enjoy this CurbedSF article about Kite Hill. And some day, when you're ready for an off-the-beaten-path exploration of a San Francisco neighborhood, find your way over to the Eureka Valley and Kite Hill.