Billy Goat Hill, San Francisco

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View of Billy Goat Hill

Billy Goat Hill, San Francisco is the easternmost peak in the San Miguel Range located in the Glen Park neighborhood in San Francisco, California.

Location[edit]

The Hill is located on the corner of 30th and Laidley streets, near the outskirts of Noe Valley, where wooden stairs and a steep dirt path lead to lookout point of about 500 feet, which offers excellent views of the Bay Bridge and downtown San Francisco.[1]

Characteristics[edit]

The top of the rocky hill has two large old eucalyptus trees where a wooden rope swing once stood, but after recent renovations by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, the swing has been taken down. The $150,000 renovation project included the opening of Beacon Trail, a path connecting Billy Goat Hill to Walter Haas Playground, in July 2016.[2]

Billy Goat Hill is a destination for tourists and locals to take-in views of the city. There is an array of wildflowers and greenery, including California saxifrage, which can only be found in two other areas of San Francisco.[3]

History[edit]

The Hill is what remains of a quarry that was mined by the Gray Brothers in the late 1800s and early 1900s.[4] Once the Quarry closed, the Hill became a neighborhood common space, but also a dumping ground for locals. It was not until 1975 when it officially became a city park; only a mere 3.5 acres, the park also includes a small network of trails, which has now expanded to The Walter Hass Playground.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Billy Goat Hill". Sfparksalliance.org. 10 May 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Conquer Billy Goat Hill via the New Beacon Trail". 7x7.com. 1 August 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Billy Goat Hill - San Francisco Recreation and Park". Sfrecpark.org. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Gray brothers had it coming all along". Sfexaminer.com. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Take a walk on the city's mild side and clear your head". Sfchronicle.com. Retrieved 5 November 2017.

Coordinates: 37°44′29″N 122°25′59″W / 37.741452°N 122.433018°W / 37.741452; -122.433018