Hike Date: March 30, 2011
Distance: ~ 2 miles
Trail(s): Seemingly unnamed trails
Where’s it at? Center of San Francisco


Mount Davidson park is home to San Francisco’s tallest peak. A giant cross (and some shade) awaits hikers at the top, carrying some historical and religious significance.

I combined this hike with my first visit to Twin Peaks which is a short drive away. It was a little tricky getting to the top, I didn’t have directions with me and there are probably a number of entrances. The map below shows where I parked in a nice neighborhood at it’s foot, for free.

There are a number of trails to choose from…the key is simply to pick one that ascends, and you’ll reach the summit eventually, knowing you’re there with sight of the giant cross statue, which probably once was clearly visible throughout the city but is now shaded by giant Eucalyptus trees.

There are a number of benches along the way on the trails I took, none of which really make for a picnic destination but rather offer a nice rest or view of the city. The view is spectacular on a clear day although I think that Twin Peaks was a good rival and a little more open to a 360 panorama.

The highlight aside from the view is a number of old stone staircases here and there as shown below in photos.

Photos from Mount Davidson Park(click to enlarge)

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Directions to Mount Davidson


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