Mount Davidson, not Twin Peaks, is the highest natural point in San Francisco with an elevation of 928 feet (283 m). The view is as stunning as in Twin Peaks, but there are no tourist buses nearby. It is not surrounded by a sea of concrete and parking lots so it has a more natural vibe.
What you need to know
- The hike to the top is less than a mile, so it’s really more of a walk. If you want a longer hike, you should combine it with jont to GLEN CANYON PARK, which is a real oasis in the heart of San Francisco.
- Kid and dog friendly.
- There are several trails to get to the top. Check map below.
- It’s usually windy up there so bring a jacket.
- The giant cross at the top is owned by an Armenian-American Organization.
4.5 starts on Yelp (+160 reviews): “I wouldn’t really call this a ‘hike’ since it only took us about 20 minutes”, “easy trail with amazing view”, “less of a mountain and more of a hill in a quaint little neighborhood”, “Peaceful and not too crowded”, “you will be rewarded with one of the best views of the city.”
Check the detailed Google Map.
It’s super easy to get there with public transit. Take BART to Glen Park Station, then take the 44 O’Shaugnessy bus – these may be the fastest 2 miles you ever do on a Muni Bus! Get off at Portola Drive and walk to the park.
There are six different entrances to the park, so you could go back many times and do a different trail everytime.
Our favorite entrances are the ones on Bica Way and Rockdale Way, specially if you arrive by public transit.