Twin Peaks boasts some of the best views of the city, but it can be hard to navigate around all the tourists and moving cars. Mt. Davidson is a great alternative that offers spectacular views without the tourist buses.
This trail is pretty muddy so during El Nino make sure to wear shoes that can be washed or hiking boots.
Mt. Davidson is the highest point in San Francisco. The ascent to the top of the Mountain can take 15 minutes or 45 depending on the path you choose. If you take the stone stairs up from Juanita way you will twist and turn through trees that look straight out of Neverland. It is easy to forget you are in the middle of a city. At several points the trail will fork, and it doesn’t really matter which way you pick. All trails lead to the top eventually. If you would like a hike on the shorter side, enter from Dalewood way and follow the well-marked trail up.
A favorite spot of dog walkers, joggers, and picnickers, you are sure to encounter some people along the way or at least at the top of the mountain.
Mt. Davidson offers a little history and pop culture for your visit. The cross- don’t worry you won’t miss it- was dedicated by FDR in 1939. For those of you who love movie trivia, the cross can also be seen in Dirty Harry!