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Most Strenuous Hike With Rewarding Views 

Golden Gate Heights

Earlier this month, the Outer Sunset got a new park. Full of raised beds and basketball courts, the new "Playland" at 43rd Avenue is partly made from shipping containers (a true urbanist dream if ever there was one). But if you want to ramble somewhere a little less developed, look east to Golden Gate Heights. The steep crag with 360-degree views taking in downtown, Golden Gate Park, the ocean, and Sutro Tower rises so abruptly from nearby 19th Avenue that getting to the top of this 750-foot summit might be the most wonderfully arduous trek in a city built on grade changes. Be warned: It's windy. But if you enjoy that only-in-S.F. sensation of sweating and shivering at the same time, a jaunt up to Golden Gate Heights as the fog rolls in will make you feel like you're at the control module of a weather machine.

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