Now: The one-block wide strip of greenery that forms a welcome-mat to the east entrance of Golden Gate Park is a pleasant refuge for bicyclists, residents, and people walking from Haight Street. On the north side of Fulton, the USF Lone Mountain campus rises from the city's mid-northern center and offers splendid views.
Then: The cultivation and planting of trees for the Panhandle, in 1870, preceded the development of the rest of Golden Gate Park, and served more or less as a "trial run". Lone Mountain was a cemetary, until the 1930s.
How To Get There: Walk up one block from Haight Street to the Panhandle, or a few blocks west from Alamo Square or Hayes Valley. For driving, parking is usually possible along Oak Street, on the south edge of the Panhandle.
The University of San Francisco (USF) Lone Mountain Campus entrance on Turk Street, between Parker Avenue and Masonic Avenue
View east from the steps of USF Lone Mountain Campus
Eastern view near the top of USF steps
House on Fulton Street near Central Avenue
Houses on Fulton Street
Poleng Asian Fusion Lounge, on Fulton Street near Masonic Avenue
The Panhandle, extending east from Golden Gate Park, between Oak and Fell Streets
Walking paths at the west end of the Panhandle
Playground in the Panhandle
Tire Garden at the Playground in the Panhandle
Basketball Court in the Panhandle
Afternoon shadows in the middle section of the Panhandle
Inside the Panhandle, looking toward Fell Street
Panhandle, near the east end at Baker Street
Oak Street at Masonic Street, from the edge of the Panhandle
Houses on Fell Street, facing the Panhandle
33-Stanyan bus on Stanyan Street between Oak and Fell Streets