At 938 feet, Mt. Davidson is the highest point in San Francisco. Its most noticeable feature, aside from its height, is the 103-foot concrete cross at its peak. Seen from above, there is a clear division between the mountain’s eucalyptus forest on the west and coastal scrub and grassland on the east. Mt. Davidson has significant natural and recreational resources. The diversity of vegetation provides habitat for a wide range of migratory and resident birds, including 18 locally sensitive species. Myriad trails traverse the western slopes, where the densely overgrown vegetation and fog drip give a hiker the feeling of being in a rainforest.
As this is the highest point in San Francisco, it is a good (and slightly less crowded) alternative to Twin Peaks. The way up is steep, but short. If you enjoy hiking in the woods, you will enjoy this trail! I personally feel the trail is much too woodsy for me to hike often; I am often avoiding branches, leaves, and mud! Make sure not to come after it rains, as the trail would be quite dangerous. Parking in the neighboring residential area is also quite difficult and discouraging.