If I realize that I am not special, I stop seeing the world with me at the center. Instead, I see myself along with 7.125 billion others orbiting the sun together. I see fewer and fewer lines that divide us into cruel and meaningless hierarchies that highlight our differences and ignore our common threads.
Dog-friendly, generally uncrowded and not sketchy at all (even at midnight), and there's about half a dozen ways up to the park, including one that starts behind some rare public tennis courts and ends up being this amazing, woodsy, Totoro-like forest path. If you take this way up, take care to avoid all the poison oak that's directly off the path, though.