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Must-See Labyrinths In And Around San Francisco

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Updated: 9 February 2017
There has been a recent resurgence in the building of labyrinths, which have a long history of providing space for people to meditate and find moments of peace within hectic lives. In San Francisco, escape the city’s rush for a walking meditation at one of these beautiful labyrinths in and around the city.
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Lands End Labyrinth

Easily the most famous labyrinth in San Francisco, Lands End has become popular in recent years as an escape for locals. Tucked into the edge of the Sea Cliff neighborhood, it is reached by hiking through the woods along the winding Lands End Trail. Once you arrive at this seaside oasis, you’ll be rewarded with the chance to walk a labyrinth surrounded by gorgeous views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge. To learn more, watch our interview with Eduardo Aguilera, the labyrinth’s creator, and Colleen Yerge, the labyrinth’s unofficial keeper.

Lands End Labyrinth, Lands End Trail, San Francisco, CA


Lands End Labyrinth © Peter Merholz/Flickr

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Sibley Labyrinths

Take a quick trip over to the East Bay to see the labyrinths in Oakland’s Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve. A walk along Round Top Loop Trail will take you past both of the park’s labyrinths. Hike to the top of what was once Round Top Volcano to see the larger of the two, the Mazzariello Labyrinth, created in 1989 by Helena Mazzariello. Take the Volcanic Trail to find the second labyrinth, smaller and heart-shaped, the origin of which is still a mystery.

Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA


Sibley Labyrinth © Sharon Hahn Darlin/Flickr

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Scott Street Labyrinth

Located in Duboce Park, the Scott Street Labyrinth is 23 feet in diameter and surrounded by mosaic tiles. It is located on the site of what used to be a play structure in the shape of a pirate ship, which is now commemorated in mosaic tiles next to the labyrinth. Friends of Duboce Park began planning the labyrinth project in 1997, and the labyrinth was finally opened in April 2007. The opening did not last long, thanks to the incorrect application of anti-graffiti coating, and the labyrinth was closed to the public for restoration for seven months. Today, the labyrinth is once again open and thriving.

Scott Street Labyrinth, Scott Street, San Francisco, CA

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Grace Cathedral Outdoor Labyrinth © Jay Galvin/Flickr

Grace Cathedral Labyrinths

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Grace Cathedral Indoor Labyrinth
Grace Cathedral Indoor Labyrinth | © SF Brit/Flickr

Grace Cathedral Labyrinths

Grace Cathedral is home to two labyrinths, one indoor and one outdoor. The labyrinths are open to the public daily, and every Friday a trained labyrinth facilitator hosts an indoor labyrinth peace walk from 12:30 to 2pm. A monthly candlelight labyrinth walk is also offered. These are generally held on the second Friday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m., but check the cathedral calendar for exact times. Instructions for how to walk a labyrinth on your own are provided by the cathedral and can be found here. Additionally, Grace offers visitors the chance to practice yoga on the labyrinth every Tuesday evening.

Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St, San Francisco, CA


Grace Cathedral Indoor Labyrinth © SF Brit/Flickr

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Bernal Heights Park Labyrinth

In the southwest corner of Bernal Hill sits a stone labyrinth, one of the main attractions of Bernal Heights Park. The labyrinth was created by Cesar Lopez in the name of unrequited love. Lopez allegedly stalked the woman who inspired the project for ten years before being dragged into court in February 2013. The labyrinth is unofficially maintained by members of the community, causing it to shift and change shapes frequently. Hike up Bernal Hill to walk the labyrinth and enjoy gorgeous views of the city.

Bernal Heights Park, San Francisco, CA


View from Bernal Heights Park © Daniel Ramirez/Flickr

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Stanford Labyrinths

The Stanford University campus is home to two labyrinths. The first is a roll-out labyrinth located inside the Stanford Memorial Church, a gorgeous architectural icon in the center of campus. This labyrinth is open every Friday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and some evenings, trained labyrinth facilitators host candle-lit labyrinth walks. The second is an outdoor labyrinth made of stone and modeled after that of the Chartres Cathedral in France. It is located adjacent to the Windhover building and is open to all Stanford visitors at any time of day.

Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA


Stanford Memorial Church © Dzung Tran/Flickr

McLaren Park Labyrinth

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View from McLaren Park
View from McLaren Park | © Peter Kaminski/Flickr

McLaren Park Labyrinth

McLaren Park is the second largest park in San Francisco, behind only the enormous Golden Gate Park. Open and untamed, the space features lots of grassland and even a lake. Atop Philosopher’s Hill sits a guerrilla labyrinth, located at the highest point in the park. The labyrinth’s origin is unknown, adding an element of mystery to the meditative experience of walking it. Hike up the hill to walk the labyrinth and enjoy 360-degree views of the city, the ocean, as well as Mt. Diablo and San Bruno Mountain.

John McLaren Park, 100 John F Shelley Dr, San Francisco, CA


View from McLaren Park © Peter Kaminski/Flickr

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