Golden Gate Park East
A California Garden
Miles:     4
Hilliness, scale of 1-5:     2
Terrain:     Paved paths and dirt paths
 
Starting at the eastern (inland) end of Golden Gate Park, this walk meanders along wooded paths down one side of the park to Stow Lake, then back up the other side. We visit the Dahlia Garden, the Victorian glass Conservatory of Flowers, the lovely California Garden, and the nesting places of great blue herons and red-tailed hawks. We are likely to see great egrets, a meadow full of wildflowers, and a lot of Eastern European and Asian emigres getting their exercise. Stow Lake / photo: Paula Barish
 
Buddha in the Japanese Tea Garden / photo: Paula Barish   A paddleboat on Stow Lake / photo: Paula Barish   Pagoda on Strawberry Hill / photo: Paula Barish
 
Tree ferns near the lily pond / photo: Paula Barish   Golden Gate Park carrousel, detail / photo: Paula Barish   The dahlia garden / photo: Martha Shelley