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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.

Length 1.0 mi Elevation gain 246 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Walking

Running

Views

City walk

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Getting There

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.

There are no bathrooms on site.

The map on this page has the visitor starting on Dalewood Way. There are other entrances to the park on Molimo Drive, Juanita Way, Rockdale Drive, La Bica Way, and elsewhere on Dalewood Way.

There are no designated parking areas for the park, however there is street parking at all trailheads. The trailhead shown on this page is accessible by the 36 bus.

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Reviews (231)
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Recordings (210)
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Joe Wang
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Mike Erickson
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Jon roberts
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HikingRocky

This hike was enjoyable. However, it's a very easy hike and you should be able to finish it within 20-30 minutes.

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Sara Cunningham
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Alexey Sergeev
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Hiking

It’s okay just for a thinking walk :)

Stef MA
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HikingMuddyOver grownRocky

Cross roads galore that all lead to the cross. This is a pretty easy family friendly, no stroller, trail. You can easily do uphill hike towards the cross or rock walk around the base of the top. There is plenty of shaded areas in multiple small trails that break off from each other. All the trails are pretty short. I think I did most if not all the trails with some backtracking and it was about 3 miles. This place can be very rocky and where there is shade there is mud, so watch out for those conditions. I regret taking my walking shoes, I should’ve taken my trail shoes. Parking is offstreet parking. I went on a Monday at around nine and there was plenty of parking, but I can see that on the weekends this place to get full pretty easily with the residence parking here and hikers. There’s a bus that comes here, I would recommend taking that. But if you choose to bring your car just know that there are multiple entrances, it’s just harder to find the others because they don’t tend to be marked. The trails can get narrow. You’ll likely walk into people because this is a pretty popular spot. Therefore bring your mask during the COVID-19 era.

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Tony Phillips
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Carlos Carbajal
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HikingNo shade

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

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Ivan Ponce
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Andrew Scarani
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Hiking

A lovely city hike with beautiful views

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amy highstreet
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Hiking

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

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Natalie Ngo
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HikingMuddyRocky

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.

Killian R.
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HikingMuddy

Nice views and good for kids

Angelo Gastello
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John Proctor
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Hiking

Good for kids. Great views.

Eugene Ingerman
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Hiking

Back trails.

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Kyle Liang
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Running

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.

Prabhdeep S.
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Karan Shah
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Hiking

Amazing view!

Wyatt Bai
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Easy Beautiful scenes Enjoy the views

Stephen Lee
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Mountain biking

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.

Mike Wasden
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Hiking

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!

C P
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Hiking

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.

Amar Pai
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Nike Missile base is just a dirt patch

Genesis B
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Hiking

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!

Alexis McGee
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Walking

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.

Bill Crain
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Hiking

Another forgotten trail...

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