One of our favorite spots in the city is Stow Lake. Located in the middle of Golden Gate Park, Stow Lake is definitely one of the nicer features. Lastech took some nice photos last time we strolled around it.
Located in the center of Stow Lake and accessed by two bridges, is Strawberry Hill. With an elevation of approximately 430 ft., it is the highest point in the park.
According to the Golden Gate Park website:
The name of this centrally located piece of land in Stow Lake comes from the wild strawberries that once decorated the exterior. Throughout the years, the plentiful nature of the wood strawberry was replaced by the aggressive takeover of cape ivy and ice plant hailing from South Africa.
Strawberry Hill in its heyday delivered the sweet scent of wild berries, which are particularly pleasant and intoxicating after a downpour. Today, the presence of the strawberries is not entirely lost; vigilant examination of the sandy slopes may disclose the whereabouts of a few surviving patches. Additional blooms and other equally refreshing plants about the island include the Christmas berry, Dutchman’s pipevine, milkweed, seaside daisy, and Hooker’s evening primrose.
Strawberry Hill has several trails and lots of trees and wildlife. There is also the man made Huntington waterfalls. While artificial, they provide a nice view and attract a host of migratory birds.
Here are some of Lastech’s photos.