Stow Lake And Strawberry Hill



2.09 miles

Elevation Gain

253 ft

Added by The Outbound Collective

Great spot for doing a few trail laps or posting up and enjoying lunch. The hill has an incline of 430ft. Duration: 1-2 hours.

Strawberry Hill is one of the hidden gems of Golden Gate Park. It is named after the once abundant strawberry fields that inhabited the island. The hill, which reaches up to 430ft, is located in the middle of Stow Lake and has 2 foot bridges for access. This is a great place to run if you're looking to get away from the crowds in the park, but you may want to take a few laps to get your full workout in. If you're taking the more relaxing route, just hang out, bring your lunch, and take in the sights. There is also a picturesque, man-made, waterfall on the island. If you're looking for a place to pick up a quick bite to take with you, head to The Taco Shop @ Underdogs and grab a couple tacos or a burrito.

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Amazing park

One of the best city parks. It's an amazing place to run/walk or play frisbee

Great park!

I love cities that have huge parks right in the city! It's such a nice escape. Didn't run this, but we did walk it and had a great time. Beautiful park!

Huge Park in the City

This is a huge park in the middle of the city. It's nice to see so much nature in a place that is so heavily urbanized. When youre in the middle of the park, you don't feel like youre in a big city at all.


While we definitely did not run this trail, my husband and I did walk it to sightsee. Highly recommend, especially later in the day when the light is all pretty. We did see a ton of runners, and they all looked super happy :)


Wow this is a long trail! Walked it as we wanted to sightsee along the way.

I'm not much of a runner but...

The GG Park is the perfect place to get lost and be carefree for a run! When I was in SF for a summer, I played ultimate frisbee at the park every Saturday and one day I decided to extend the workout and finally explore the park. I thought the park had a good car/bike/people balance and all paths took you somewhere very explorable. This hill specifically was a good workout and had a great view!

cheat the system

Want to run through the park all the way to Ocean Beach...but NOT run back? Yeah me too. Depending on where home is for you, a good way to accomplish this little loop hole is run through the park all the way to the beach (~4 miles from the panhandle to OB, depending on how much you weave around the park) then take the bus or the N back. Stretch at OB, grab a bit out in the sunset, then relax for the ride home. Not bad.

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