Bernal Heights Trails Improvement Project
Bernal Heights provides visitors with stunning 360-degree views of the city and surrounding Bay Area. A network of trails winds around the hill through the native grasslands and provides access to the top. The Bernal Heights Trail is in poor condition with poorly defined entries, eroded stairways, redundant social trails that contribute to erosion and loss of sensitive habitat, and the trail system lacks trail identification and wayfinding signage.
For a more extensive description, visit the Natural Areas Page.
Scope of Work
The Bernal Heights Trail Restoration project will improve and repair existing trails and steps, eliminate social trails, provide erosion control measures, restore native plants and provide trail identification and wayfinding.
The Bernal Heights Park Trails Improvement Project is funded by the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. Due to increasing construction costs and knowledge gained through the completion of four previous bond-funded trails improvement projects, we are also seeking grant funding to help to complete the project. Potential funding sources include the Recreational Trails Program and the Habitat Conservation Fund.
- 2019 Improvements Diagram (PDF)
- Bernal Heights Trail Concept Plan (PDF)
- Community Meeting Number 1 Notes (PDF)
- Community Meeting Number 1 Presentation (PDF)
- Community Meeting Number 2 Notes (PDF)
- Community Meeting Number 2 Presentation (PDF)
- Community Meeting Number 3 Notes (PDF)
- Community Meeting Number 3 Presentation (PDF)
Urban trails allow residents to escape the city's hectic pace and explore nature in their own neighborhoods. One of the things San Franciscans value most about our parks and open spaces is the opportunity they provide for hiking and enjoying the beauty of our natural landscapes. The Recreation and Park Department's Urban Trails Program is a two-part initiative to restore key trails and expand the current volunteer trail corps to help create and maintain a trail network in the city's natural areas.
San Francisco's natural areas contain almost 30 miles of trails, but many are in poor shape-difficult to access, uneven, steep, and prone to erosion. The Urban Trails Program will restore and enhance miles of trails for hikers and recreational enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy, thanks to the Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, approved by voters in 2008. This bond dedicated $5 million to improving trails and trail safety in our natural areas, restoring and protecting the natural landscapes around trails, and creating new and improved trail connections between neighboring parks.
Renovated trails will improve access to a variety of urban nature outings, from streamside rambles to breathtaking climbs to panoramic viewpoints. New and improved trail connections will help establish regional trails, enabling residents and visitors to experience miles of uninterrupted natural beauty in the middle of the city.
Because funding for trail improvements is limited, the Department has worked with community groups and stakeholders to focus on spending on parks and open spaces that have the greatest needs and would provide the greatest benefits if improved.