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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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  • Given that it features in one of my favourite films, appropriately enough it was a bit of a pilgrimage to reach the cross at the top of Mount Davidson. There may be steep hills, slippery slopes and co...  more »
  • Lived in SF for decades and made it out here for the first time.. seems better than Twin Peaks... Not crowded. A little windy.. Views out to the Ocean, the bay and the whole city.. It's about a ten mi...  more »
  • The trail can be a real workout depending on whether you tackle the hill straight on or take the circular path to the top Weather should also be in your favor as fog or darkness can get you pretty los...  more »

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