Golden Gate Park


Top-Five Lists

Especially Pretty

Nice For A Picnic

Lesser-Known Areas

Particularly Private

Easy To Drive To

Out In The Open

In The Bushes

Good For A Quickie

For Screamers



29 - Elk Glen Lake

Elk Glen Lake is one of a few lakes in the park that gets relatively few visitors, even on weekends. While not the largest lake, its lack of crowds makes it all the same a nice destination.

The area surrounding the lake also gets only modest traffic, making wide-open places more usable here than elsewhere.

One such place is just east of the lake. Perhaps the easiest way to find this spot is to start at the intersection of MLK Jr. Drive and Transverse Drive, just west of 19th Avenue. Head up Transverse Drive about 200 yards, and turn left on a large dirt path. Go about 40 yards and veer right onto a smaller path. Walk another 60 yards, stopping 50 feet short of an 80-foot evergreen standing tall all by itself. From this point, turn right off the path and walk about 40 feet up the slight hill.

Choose a spot among the small evergreens that isn't visible from the path. You won't be far from people walking by. But you can enjoy a reasonable likelihood of privacy if you stay low. It's a pleasant area with a decent view, so even if it's too open for your taste, bring a bottle of wine and enjoy the surrounding scenery.


27 - 43rd Avenue South

28 - Lindley Meadow

29 - Elk Glen Lake

30 - 46th Avenue North

31 - Washington Bicentennial Grove

32 - JFK Drive

33 - 34th Avenue South

34 - Fuchsia Dell

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