Hike Date: March 30, 2011
Distance: ~ 2.5 miles
Trail(s): Twin Peaks North and South Trails
Where’s it at? Center of San Francisco


Having always wanted to take in the views of the city from Twin Peaks, I finally made it here this past week. Excellent views from the top of both peaks of Sutro Tower, the Pacific, up north to Mt. Tamalpais and Mount Davidson to the south are to be had here.

There isn’t a ton of distance involved; you can hike both the north and south peaks to take in the full essence of Twin Peaks. I think the Southern peak is less crowded but the ascent a little more steep. Basically you park at the north end and then can hike the two peaks as you travel southward. They are very similar: a dirt/wood staircase takes you up, and then back down. There is nothing other than great views at the summit of both of them.

There is no fee for parking, but considering the lot was almost full on a Tuesday morning you might have to either find some kind of overflow parking on the road, or be prepared to wait a little bit for someone to leave. I’d imagine the turnaround is quick, as I hiked and took photos of both in about 45 minutes total. At the parking lot there is a scenic overlook with some telescopes for viewing the city in better detail.

If you haven’t been, I highly recommend also hiking Mount Davidson on the same trip, the tallest peak in San Francisco.

Photos from Twin Peaks (click to enlarge)

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