Explore the most popular trails in Mount Davidson Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

on Mount Davidson Trail

hiking
rocky
15 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

Amazing view!

Easy
Beautiful scenes
Enjoy the views

mountain biking
4 months ago

Real nice views short trails but good for beginners. A lot of hikers. Has a real nice steep hill to ride down right below the cross. Can easily ride back up different path then go back down the steep hill.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked up here today (started in Stern Grove and did a big 5.5 mile loop, including a stretch through the mansions in St. Johns Wood neighborhood). Amazingly clear day, almost no wind at all. Saw a 2' long garter snake on the top of Mt. Davidson! Panoramic views taking in Sutro Tower/Twin Peaks to the north, downtown SF to the northeast, south of Mission, south SF, over to Brisbane... As well as clear views of the East Bay, including Mt. Diablo way off in the distance. In the western direction we could see some of the Farallon Islands as well. My wife prefers this location over Twin Peaks because there are no cars and no crowds -- it's a lot more peaceful!

hiking
7 months ago

We did this hike last year and loved it. It went a lot faster than I expected. The cross at the top was fun to see in person (and not just in Dirty Harry). A great SF stroll.

Nike Missile base is just a dirt patch

hiking
10 months ago

There’s a cool cross at the top in remembrance of he Armenian genocide and some nice views of the City (but not the Golden Gate Bridge), Twin Peaks Tower, all of East Bay, part of the Pacific and down to the south end of the Bay. It was an easy hike over soil and scattered rocks if you take the trail, but you can take a wide variety of offshoot trails to the top, some steeper but doable. It can take anywhere from 10 min to and from the top at a brisk pace to 40 min at a stroll, but what really makes this hike awesome are the views of the skyline and the lush forest you walk through on the longer loop. It’s dog friendly!

walking
10 months ago

I’ve been coming here since I was a kid. Even after all these years I still love this little spot. Now I come with my son and he enjoys it as much as I do.

hiking
11 months ago

Another forgotten trail...

walking
Tuesday, December 05, 2017

A relaxing walk with gorgeous views of the city, and can bring your dog! Plenty of street parking near trailhead.

hiking
Monday, September 18, 2017

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

An easy walk, great for a picnic. The view is amazing.

hiking
Friday, May 26, 2017

Pretty simple hike. Great scenic view. Nice place to have a romantic date or a picnic. You can see San Francisco downtown from the top

Saturday, April 29, 2017

If you're planning on a scenic hike, try some other park. Yes it has amazing views since it's the tallest peak in San Francisco, but it feels so far from the rest of the city. Very woodsy, so you need to be careful when hiking. Also, you need to either have a car or time the bus schedule right, because it's a very residential neighborhood, like being in the suburbs.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Not really a hike... short climb uphill.... cross is cool at the top.

hiking
Wednesday, March 01, 2017

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.

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

Beautiful views of the Bay Area

Monday, June 06, 2016

Quite steep but short. The fog and cross made it a holy mystery place. A good up view of the city

Friday, May 20, 2016

Nothing can beat the highest peak of San Francisco :) Both me and my dog loved it!

hiking
Sunday, January 24, 2016

Beautiful views!!

bird watching
Sunday, January 24, 2016

Wonderful view of the city .. Easy trails

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Beautiful. Can't beat the views of the Pacific Ocean in between groups of Eucalyptus trees

hiking
Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Great views of the city. Easy parking. Giant concrete cross 150 to 200 feet tall maybe?This is in my neighborhood and I like to visit regularly.

hiking
Monday, June 27, 2011

We started from the stairs on Juanita Way. The trail switchbacks up the north / east side of the hill, and eventually joins the access road about 100 ft below the summit. It'sa nice shaded walk through a fairly thick "urban forest". Once on top you have the Mt Davidson Cross and a bit to the south a nice open patch with a South / East exposure providing great views of the city with some wildflowers and butterflies. Usage by hikers is moderate, and usage by mountain bikers is almost non-existent (despite what it says here. You wanna see bikes? go to Crissy Field or GG Park on a Sunday). All in all a nice Urban escape.

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9 days ago

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24 days ago

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