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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 44 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, Westwood Highlands to the southwest, 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 a nice park. There are some nice views of the city. It's never very crowded if you're looking for some peace and quiet. It hasn't been taken over by tourists like many popular parks and attrac...  more »
  • Explore San Francisco can also mount Davidson, which guarantees a great view. Another place famous for the fact that there is a monument to the genocide of the Armenian people.
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  • If you're visiting San Francisco, with limited time, skip a trip to Mt. Davidson. It's a nice walk, but there's MUCH nicer.