By Tom Stienstra
What you’ll see: Lake Merced is San Francisco’s backyard lake, park and fishing hole, yet it’s worth the trip from anywhere in the Bay Area. It is a great destination for jogging, easy bike rides with kids, picnics and golf. Lake Merced is near the San Francisco coast, adjacent to the Harding Park Golf Course and close enough to the zoo to hear the lions roar at feeding time. The North Lake will be stocked with rainbow trout in the coming week.