Corona Heights view of the city is as good as Twin Peaks, but it’s considerably easier to get to and way less crowded.
And, it’s only a 10-15 minute walk from the Castro, the Haight (upper andlower), NOPA, Duboce Triangle, and Diamond Heights.
It’s so easy to get there from Downtown, that you could conceivable have lunch there, and go back refreshed, and in time for that dreaded team meeting.
What you need to know
- There are different trails to get to the top, but the park is small, so you cannot get lost. See map below.
- The trails are really short (0.2 miles). If you want a longer hike, you can combine this jont with a hike to Buena Vista Park which is 0.2 miles away (orange line in the map above shows the link between the these two jonts).
- My favorite trail is the one that starts on 15th Street because you get to see crazy rock formations. It feels like you are miles away from the city.
- If you go at night, the best entrance is the one at Roosevelt Way and Museum Way. I do not recommend the other two entrances at night.
- Bring a jacket. It is usually windy up there, specially in the summer.
- There are tennis courts at the Deforest Way and 15th street entrance in case you’re in the mood for that.
- It’s a very popular spot for doggies.
4.5 stars on Yelp©: “my new favorite place in San Francisco”, “more intimate and personal than the crowded overlook atop Twin Peaks”, “easily accessible on foot and offers a stellar view of the city in virtually all directions”, “Fantastic dog park!”. Read all reviews.
Location and getting there
The Castro Muni Station (K, L, and M) is three blocks away at Castro and Market.
Source: San Francisco Parks and Recreation