The Labyrinths of San Francisco
Lands End Labyrinth
Lands End Labyrinth, also known as Eagle Point Labyrinth, looks out over the Pacific Ocean from a rocky bluff. It's located just off the Lands End Coastal Trail near Mile Rock Beach. Trail starts at 680 Point Lobos Ave., nps.gov
Bernal Hill Labyrinth
The Bernal Hill Labyrinth is located on a former quarry site in a neighborhood park with winding paths. Bring your camera to capture the panoramic views of the downtown skyline, bay and beyond. And keep an eye out for local flora and fauna. In Bernal Heights Park, 10 Bernal Heights Blvd.
Duboce Park Labyrinth
The Duboce Park Labyrinth—also called the Scott Street Labyrinth—in a leafy, residential corner of the city is the result of a decade-long neighborhood effort. The nearby dog park surrounded by quintessential San Francisco Victorian homes is another pleasant spot to linger. Near Scott and Waller streets, sfrecpark.org
McLaren Park Labyrinth
This labyrinth in the massive, 312-acre McLaren Park on the city's southern outskirts is made of found objects. The ridgetop location surrounded by trees gives it a secluded air. You can also take advantage of the park's miles of walking trails, picnic areas and playground. In McLaren Park, 100 John F. Shelley Dr., sfrecpark.org
Grace Cathedral’s Outdoor Labyrinth
Grace Cathedral’s lesser-known outdoor labyrinth—directly in front of the church—on Nob Hill is open all hours of the day and night. 1100 California St., gracecathedral.org
Grace Cathedral Indoor Labyrinth
Grace Cathedral atop posh Nob Hill invites visitors to its labyrinth, which serves as a setting for candlelit walks set to live music. You can roll out your yoga mat alongside hundreds of locals during the free restorative yoga class on Tuesday evenings at 6 pm. 1100 California St., gracecathedral.org
San Francisco is one of the most densely populated metropolitan centers in the United States outside of New York City. Although the current boom in development is only adding to the bustle, you can still find plenty of quiet corners. We suggest pausing for a moment of introspection at one of the city's diverse labyrinths.
Spread throughout San Francisco are at least six beautiful labyrinths worth seeking out, including a mysterious hilltop maze overlooking the city in a residential neighborhood to the south, a labyrinth of inlaid stones inside a cavernous cathedral that now attracts yogis and meditators and a mystical pattern of stones on a perch looking out over the vast Pacific Ocean just off Lands End Coastal Trail.
Each of these monuments is free and open to the public, and most of them were quietly constructed by enterprising private citizens. Join the locals and visitors who frequently stop by to snap photos and soak up the beautiful setting.