Mount Davidson Trail

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Mount Davidson Trail is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near San Francisco, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
433 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

Explore this wooded area in the heart of a concrete jungle. One of the tallest points in San Francisco, this hike offers scenic views. There is great birding habitat, so keep your eyes and ears open.

hiking
2 days 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
21 days 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
1 month ago

Another forgotten trail...

walking
5 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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!!

birding
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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