Sign Hill Park has several trails leading to the big concrete letters forming the SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO THE INDUSTRIAL CITY hillside sign.
The Ridge Trail runs above the sign along the crest of Sign Hill from Ridgeview Court (where there is a small parking lot) to Spruce Avenue. At the water tank, you can descend below the letters on Letters Trail which leads down to the park entrance on Poplar Avenue. You can complete a loop back up to the Ridge Trail by continuing on either the Iris Hill Trail or the slightly longer Seubert Trail. Depending on route, the total loop is around 1.5 to 2 miles (or 2.4 to 3.2 kilometers).
The hike is relatively easy but does have some steep sections so may not be suited to very small children. The trail loop can also be started from the base of the hill at the Poplar Avenue entrance. From there you can also do a there-and-back hike of just the Letters Trail up to the sign without completing a full loop if preferred.
The Wind Harp is located on the Point San Bruno knoll at the center of the Genentech campus on the east side of South San Francisco, formerly the Cabot, Cabot and Forbes Industrial Park.
The prominent 92-foot-tall steel sculpture is open to the public and accessed on foot by a short pathway next to Building 28 on DNA Way. Visit on windy days and the aeolian harp’s hum can be heard clearly.
The wind harp was created in 1967 by Aristides Demetrios and his then wife, Lucia, daughter of famed industrial designer Charles Eames. Originally called the Cabot, Cabot and Forbes Tower, it was commissioned as a centerpiece for its namesake business park. It was acquired by the City of South San Francisco in 1996 and rededicated in 1997.
Yes, South San Francisco is a city separate and distinct from the city of San Francisco, and the cities don’t even border one another.
Sometimes colloquially called South City, South San Francisco is located in San Mateo County, south of Daly City and Brisbane, and north of San Bruno.