John McLaren Park

Top choice in Excelsior

At 312 acres, McLaren is the second largest park in San Francisco proper, and arguably the most underrated. There are some 7 miles of trails (including the lovely Philosopher’s Way) that spread over forests, fields and excellent hillside views of the city. This is a wilder park than Golden Gate, and is great for urban hiking, bird-watching and spotting the random coyote.

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