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Mount Davidson, San Francisco

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Mount Davidson is the highest natural point in San Francisco, California, with an elevation of 928ft. It is located near the geographical center of the city, south of Twin Peaks and Portola Drive and to the west of Diamond Heights and Glen Park. It dominates the southeastern view from most of Portola Drive. It is one of San Francisco's many hills and one of its original "Seven Hills".Mount Davidson's most notable feature, aside from its height, is the 103ft concrete cross situated on the crest of the hill. It is the site of a yearly prayer service, performed on Easter, when the cross is illuminated.Mount Davidson Park tops the hill – excluding the land at the summit, which is privately owned. The parkland portion is located between Myra Way (east), Dalewood Way (southwest), and Juanita Way (north). Public transportation is provided by the 36 Teresita Muni line, which stops at the Dalewood Way and Myra Way entrance to the park.The residential neighborhoods around Mount Davidson Park are Miraloma Park to the east and Westwood Highlands and Sherwood Forest to the southwest.HistoryAdolph Sutro purchased the land in 1881. Under his ownership, what was then called "Blue Mountain" was renamed "Mount Davidson," for George Davidson, a charter member of the Sierra Club. Sutro's appraiser, A.S. Baldwin, bought this land from Sutro's heirs in 1911, along with much of the land immediately north and south of Mount Davidson. Baldwin began plans for development of Forest Hill, St. Francis Wood, Westwood Park, Balboa Terrace, and Monterey Heights.
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  • This is one of the coolest spots to check out SF from on high. A winding, groomed trail leads up to the summit where intrepid folks will find the Cross of Mount Davidson and a simply spectacular view ...  more »
  • Located away from the downtown and wharf areas, in a residential neighborhood, this is a must pilgrimage to Dirty Harry fans. Parking along the street was no issue, a short walk up a service road take...  more »
  • I am always wondering why? How are in the world, in the middle of residential area, such a huge Cross. Oh yeah San Francisco. The good points, you can see a view as good as Twin Peaks, less crowded an...  more »
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  • Awesome cross, great views, memorializing the Armenian genocide from 1915-1923 in western Armenia.
  • Amazing view! Wish I knew about this place earlier, would spend more time here definitely.
  • A great vantage point, and pretty good quick hike.
  • A nice little hike with a few surprises and nice treat at the top for anyone who likes treats :-D
  • Great, shaded hike. Amazing view of city from above.

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