Mount Davidson is a 1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near San Francisco, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.0 miles Elevation Gain: 246 feet Route Type: Loop

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Named after famous geographer and Sierra Club charter member George Davidson, Mount Davidson is the highest natural point in San Francisco. Visitors to the park find striking panoramic views of the city, amidst a heavily forested backdrop. The park is in the geographic center of the city, with Twin Peaks to the north and Glen Park to the east. The park is also known for its large concrete cross, which is now owned by The Council of Armenian American Organizations of Northern California.

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rocky
6 days ago

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no shade
22 days ago

Great park with twin peaks views and panoramic whole SF views.

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muddy
29 days ago

hiking
2 months ago

A lovely city hike with beautiful views

hiking
4 months ago

Went for sunrise. Beautiful easy walk. Would recommend getting there at 630 and stay until 740am for sunrise viewing

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rocky
4 months ago

Beautiful hike in the middle of the city. Trails are still a bit muddy from the recent rain; there's lots of deeply shaded areas so I imagine the trails are always a bit damp. Views are lovely, probably best enjoyed in the afternoon. On a weekday morning, had the place pretty much to ourselves (only saw one person). Some trails were rocky so watch those ankles.

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muddy
4 months ago

Nice views and good for kids

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rocky
6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Good for kids. Great views.

hiking
Sat Mar 30 2019

Back trails.

running
Fri Mar 29 2019

Made a visit here early March to try out some beginner level trail running. The variety of paths and ample cover make for an easy entry to the scene. Curbside parking is available near trail heads around the neighborhood and the peak offers a nice panoramic view of the peninsula (primarily bayside). There also stands a monument memorializing the Armenian Genocide. If you make a trip to Mount Davidson, I recommend stopping by.

recorded Mount Davidson Trail

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rocky
Sun Mar 10 2019

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Sun Jan 06 2019

Amazing view!

Sat Dec 22 2018

Easy Beautiful scenes Enjoy the views

mountain biking
Wed Nov 21 2018

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
Wed Oct 24 2018

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!

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Sat Aug 18 2018

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.

Sun Jul 29 2018

Nike Missile base is just a dirt patch

hiking
Sun May 20 2018

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
Tue May 01 2018

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
Thu Mar 29 2018

Another forgotten trail...

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Sat Mar 24 2018

Great half-day venture within the city limits of San Francisco. Some good views of the city and love the cross at the top.

walking
Tue Dec 05 2017

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

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Mon Sep 18 2017

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Mon Jun 19 2017

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

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Fri 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

Sat Apr 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.

Mon Mar 27 2017

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

hiking
Wed Mar 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.

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