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Grand View Park, San Francisco

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Grand View 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, 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 Turtle Hill rises to about. 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.
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TripAdvisor
  • If you don't mind a stair climbing challenge, this is the physical activity for you. When you climb the tiled steps between 16th & 15th avenue and then the concrete steps to get up to the 14th avenue,...  more »
  • Stunning views of the ocean, Golden gate bridge and San Francisco. Best way to get here is from Judah Street and 16th street and climb the "tiled stairs". Very few tourist visit the small park, which ...  more »
  • There is a solid view of the water but there is nothing to do and its in the middle of nowhere. Boring.  more »
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  • I've been living in Daly City for 5 years now and never heard of the place until i accidentally drove by with my family. It's an amazing discovery, the stairs is really eye catching and colorful, a good exercise with an amazing 360 degree view from the top of the hill. I felt like a tourist from out of town after i reached the top. This experience drove me to discover more interesting parks nearby that are free and family friendly.
  • I love the view from this park! Although I don't think this is much of a park more than a viewpoint. There are several entrances to the top of this "park" and both have quite a few steps. I haven't been here in a few years and I noticed that one of the entrances where there used to be wooden stairs has now been renovated and the wooden stairs are much more solid with metal handrails. Very nice improvement! One thing I've noticed as well is that it is typically very chilly up here. Regardless of how nice it is outside. Perhaps it's the elevation? So dress in layers if you plan to stay up here for long. And it is also rather windy.
  • This is a small viewpoint at the top of the photogenic Moraga Ave mosaic staircase. Views from the top of the hill are pretty, but not as spectacular as from nearby Mount Davidson or Twin Peaks. Very limited street parking, but easy to walk here from the Irving Street business district to the north.
  • Such an awesome find. Must visit during sib set and watching the city at night.
  • Easy walk up beautiful stairs on 16th. Great views at the top of the mountain! Definitely worth a visit, especially in the morning.