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Grand View Park, San Francisco

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Grandview Park, also referred to as Turtle Hill by local residents, is a small, elevated park in the Sunset District, San Francisco, California. It is surrounded by 14th and 15th Avenues, as well as Noriega Street.

Despite its small size, 3.98 acres (1.61 ha) or about the size of a city block, the park is important geologically and botanically and offers views of downtown San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, to the Pacific Ocean, the Marin headlands, and across to the Sutro Tower.

The summit of Grandview Park rises to about 666 feet (203 m). It is an outcrop of chert, which is part of the heterogeneous assemblage known as the Franciscan Formation, or Franciscan Assemblage, the primary geologic feature on which the city of San Francisco is founded, here covered with a thin layer of sand. It provides one of the last remaining habitats within the city for a number of native plants, including the endangered Franciscan wallflower and dune tansy, and also bush lupin, beach strawberry, bush monkey flower, and coyote bush. The hill is crowned with Monterey cypress trees.

Because of the fragility of the environment, visitors to the park are asked to keep to paths.
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  • Neat little rocky park. Almost-360 view, excepting the high points of twin peaks to the east. Probably great for the sunset too. Start with the 16th ave steps and continue up, can come down the... 
    Neat little rocky park. Almost-360 view, excepting the high points of twin peaks to the east. Probably great for the sunset too. Start with the 16th ave steps and continue up, can come down the...  more »
  • After climbing the decorative stairways in the area we decided to make one more climb and hike up stairs to Grand View Park. This park is located in the inner Sunset District of San Francisco and we....  more
    After climbing the decorative stairways in the area we decided to make one more climb and hike up stairs to Grand View Park. This park is located in the inner Sunset District of San Francisco and we....  more »
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  • Beautiful unprecedented views of the ocean and city below. From the golden gate park to downtown. The stairs on the west side are very unique and make for a quick trip to the 16th street mural steps. The views are phenomenal!! There is a lower ring below the top where everyone goes and it’s the best spot!!
  • Beautiful almost 360 views of the surrounding city. Wide panoramic view of Golden Gate Park stretching all the way to Ocean Beach with some glimpses of the Golden Gate Bridge and downtown SF. A few benches on the stairs and one at the top to take it all in. Perfect for an urban nature adventure. You can get to the park from two sets of stairs at either 14th Ave or Noriega St.

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