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"Philosopher's Way" in McLaren Park

The 2.7-mile "Philosopher's Way" trail in McLaren Park is the cure for when you've overdosed on San Francisco's increasingly technology-saturated, artisanal-minded spiral into gentrification. Located in the oft-neglected southeast region of the city, McLaren is the city's second largest park, and the home to remarkable views, flourishing wildflowers, sun-dappled meadows, and perhaps most importantly, nothing else. There are 14 "musing" stations placed throughout the path, which engage hikers on the connection of the area's ecology, geography, and history. Plus you can take your mutts, as long as they're on a leash (but don't let them swim in the reservoir — gross).

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