Mount Davidson Park - Parks - Dalewood Way & Myra Way, Sherwood Forest, San Francisco, CA

Mount Davidson Park   - Parks - Dalewood Way & Myra Way, Sherwood Forest, San Francisco, CA
5/30/2016

Easy hiking.  And so empty!  Certainly more birds than people.  Another beautiful refuge, much like Mt. Sutro, that is almost abandoned by the San Francisco populace.  The trails are clean and maintained.  You'll probably cross paths with a couple of people and possibly canines, but you won't have to battle crowds.The monument for the Armenian genocide is very beautiful, as are the several scenic vistas.  As are alllll of the trees. It's so wonderful, and peaceful, and pleasant smelling.  A bit of a jaunt from the Forest Hill station but well worth it.

5/30/2016

Easy, short hike up for an awesome view of San Francisco, from the highest point in the city. If you follow Yelp's directions, it will lead you to one of the entrances of the park. There is plenty of parking around the entrances. Don't be discouraged by the narrow path, you will know you are on the right path when you see the SF Recreations sign a couple steps in. I believe it is 1 mile round-trip hike. The first half of the way up is a bit steep, but not bad at all. For reference, my 60 year old mother in decent shape was able to reach the top, being only a bit out of breath. At a crossroad, you will see one flatter path, and another path with stairs. For a challenge, go up the stairs. There will be a bit of an incline on a dirt path after that, so make sure to wear shoes with good traction if you opt for that route. Both times, I've gone with the flatter path, which loops around to the top. Make sure to go on a clear day! You won't see much at all otherwise. Check out the huge cross at one end, and walk down to the large tree on the other. You'll be able to see the people on Twin Peaks, granted they will look like ants. Enjoy this hidden gem with the gorgeous view. Just be careful of slipping if you visit right after the rain, since it is all soil.

From the top From the top 3/28/2016

We visited on a foggy/drizzly weekday morning in late February & had the entire place to ourselves.  The relatively short (approx 1-mile round trip) & easy walk up was quiet except for the many birds, whose various calls & fluttering about actually added to the overall peaceful atmosphere of the morning.  When we reached the top, the panoramic view of the city was unsurprisingly obscured by fog, but that was beautiful in it's own SF kind of way.  A little bit farther uphill & a bit into the woods, the enormous cross rises up.  It's much larger in person than I expected.  And in the quiet, gloomy morning, against the fog, the towering cross can be a tad intimidating.There are several smaller, beautiful, verdant paths near the monument, one in particular with stone steps, that is definitely worth exploring.  But the coolest thing you should know about Mount Davidson is the "Ransom Run" scene in Dirty Harry was filmed here! youtu.be/soZZ_agKT8E  I really enjoyed this park; it's really beautiful & part of SF iconic film history.  Highly recommend if you're in the area!

Dirty Harry's partner runs up these steps during the Ransom Run scene. Dirty Harry's partner runs up these steps during the Ransom Run scene. Lots of flowers blooming - probably due to this remarkable rain! Lots of flowers blooming - probably due to this remarkable rain! I'm included in the pic for scale - it's HUGE! I'm included in the pic for scale - it's HUGE! See all photos from Kel E. B. for Mount Davidson Park 7/9/2016

Beautiful breathtaking place!!!! So obsessed with the view..Just look at the pictures

See all photos from Amy V. for Mount Davidson Park 3/13/2016

Highest natural point in San Francisco? This place is a really nice place for pictures and a breath of fresh air, but it is no hike. There's two places you can start from, either from the bottom of the forest or near the bus stop in the back. Walking from the bottom during a foggy day makes you feel like you've stepped into another world away from SF. Overgrowth on tall trees with rays of sunlight piercing the thick fog and tree canopy. My ideal type of hike right there. I came in from the back with a couple of friends. If you walk a few minutes up, you're already there. Views you can see from here are the Sutro Tower, Twin Peaks, and the entire eastern half of San Francisco. Honestly I think views on Grand View Park or Twin Peaks have nicer panoramic views of the city, but I loved it here too.Definitely come here for the giant cross, and the famous fallen tree! The cross is massive in size, and the tree is fun for climbing. Great photo opportunities all around. You might need a buddy to help you to sit on top of the branch. Trust me the branches are more than sturdy enough for the average guy.

1/6/2016

A great spot for hiking!! It was pretty cold and gloomy when we went, which I think is the perfect weather to hike. It's a small walk uphill and once you get to the top, the view is amazing! The pictures definitely don't do it justice. You get a 360 view of the entire city!! Once you walk into the woods, you'll find a huge cross. It's a monument for the Armenian genocide. It's a really cool sight, surrounded by the trees. There are little trails within the woods so you can do some exploring. I highly recommend it if you're in SF!

1/31/2016

This place isn't really a hike, but it is a nice walk and a nice place to take photos of SF since you can see the downtown area from far away. It gets chilly while walking uphill and I went the day after it rained, so the floor was super muddy and wet still. The huge cross was tall and dirty, and it's amazing how the monument lasts so long throughout these years. Very cool cross though! I also walked towards the famous tree with multiple branches sticking out. It's a struggle to get on the branch and sit on top of the branch, but it's doable! Just need to use them abs and have a person help out. The branches are really smooth so you can't really fall. I was scared cause to me it seemed really high up! This park is a nice place to just chill and I recommend tourists to come see the cross.

1/27/2016

Arrived here in the fog as it began to clear up. It is a short hike and kid friendly. I saw a group of kids in little vests  with their dad when I went and they were adorable. It is muddy during the winter season so I advise you wear shoes that you won't mind getting dirty.I didn't get to explore the entire park and simply went to the top to see the tree and the view. It was worth it and amazing. Dogs are allowed as long as they are on leashes and there is a bench where the tree is if you decide you want to sit down on something other than the tree.I don't get how people  manage to sit near the tip of the branch. You all are intense tree-climbers  ( in which I am not). Definitely a good place to immerse yourself in forestry. It is beautiful even in the fog.

7/24/2016

I have yet to get to the top of Mt Davidson. We did go for a hike to see where the trailhead was and Google map took us on this long circuitous walk from city street up a steep hill which gave me palpitations.  We passed the main entrance and circled around to 2 other pathways which were farther away and heading back down the mountain and the 3rd path was even narrower in. We will need to find a day to get an early head start. Don't use Google map. They take you to a long route when you can do a short cut from near Portola where Starbucks and Round Table pizza are located.

House and car at cul de sac where a narrow trail is. Go to the trailhead instead. House and car at cul de sac where a narrow trail is. Go to the trailhead instead. Climbing the steep hill Google map took us. Don't go this way. Climbing the steep hill Google map took us. Don't go this way. A narrow trail. Not the main trailhead. It's at the end of a cul de sac next to homes A narrow trail. Not the main trailhead. It's at the end of a cul de sac next to homes See all photos from Rita Y. for Mount Davidson Park 1/18/2016

Nice hike to top of the highest natural point in Bay Area and the Mount Davidson memorial cross. Near panoramic views. Multiple back dirt trails. Caution, slippery after rain.(This entry written by husband)

View from Mt Davidson View from Mt Davidson 9/13/2015

Something worth depriving sleep over. Woke up at 5:15 and caught a Lyft line here for $11. One mistake I did do was actually do a actual legit hike up the mountain versus knowing that there was a straight shot up the mountain on the other side near the bus stop. We had to use your iPhone lights to guide ourselves up at such a early morning time with it being dark out and foggy. But when we get up there it was well worth the hike and exercise. Do some research on iPhone as to when is the actual sunrise for the best views. I recommended getting 15-20 minutes there prior get a couple of use one with the nightlights still over San Francisco and a couple of the sunrise,All in all I think this is a must do for all visitors into San Francisco.

6:45am in sunrise 6:45am in sunrise 6:20am in September 6:20am in September 7/22/2016

There are many entrances throughout to enter Mount Davidson Park. The entrance that we started from was Rockdale and Myra. There are stairs in the residential neighborhood that lead up to the trail. It is a bit hard to notice initially, but look for the cobble step stairs. There is plenty of parking near the entrance in this area. Initially when you hike up, the trail is very narrow and you brush against the bushes, but the trail widens as you head in. This a fairly easy hike and not too crowded of a destination. The trails in this park are not marked, but you can figure out your way with Google Maps. It took us maybe 15 minutes to get to the top. The two main locations that people tend to go to on this hike is the giant cross and vista viewpoint, which was where we hiked to. The cross is humongous, over 100 feet tall, one of the tallest crossest. Mount Davidson is known as the highest point in SF, so naturally, there are amazing views here. For the view, head over to vista viewpoint, which is very close to the cross. There is a fallen tree in the viewpoint area, where many people like to take pictures. It can get windy, so bring a jacket. It is definitely worth it to go to the vista viewpoint and it wouldn't take you long at all.

The view from vista point The view from vista point View of downtown and more View of downtown and more See all photos from Julia K. for Mount Davidson Park 7/31/2016

Sick park in the middle of the city. The path is pretty muddy on the way up due to the fog. The path back down was a little treacherous as well. But the view was breathtaking! Wear shoes you're willing to get dirty.

Fallen tree Fallen tree 8/20/2015

I'm not sure I would call the walk up a hike since it takes maybe 10 minutes at most, but there's a really nice view of SF from the top. The place doesn't seem as well known so there aren't as many people here, even on the weekend, which is perfect if you want to climb the dead tree and take your time taking pictures.For those of you who want to get pictures on the tree, it's actually not that high up, but it's not quite as easy as it looks to climb. Or maybe it was just me that struggled a lot..There's a few options for you to get up the tree:1. Climb up the side/trunk - Unfortunately, the trunk of the tree is incredibly smooth and slippery and my shoes lacked the traction for me to safely climb up that way without sliding down2. Have a friend hoist you up - Assuming you came with a friend to take pictures for you. I rejected this option because I stubbornly wanted to get up by myself3. Hoist/swing yourself up - I opted for this option and rather ungracefully swung my legs up and around the branch to get up4. Bring a stool or something else to stand on - I wish someone had told me this beforehand..The branch shakes pretty easily so if it's windy up there, it might be a little scary sitting up there! There's also a giant cross further up the hill.

#thatSFtree #thatSFtree 12/31/2015

Beautiful easy stroll. I wouldn't call it a hike, but it definitely has the views of sf to daly city when you reach the top. Not to mention, a huge cross....

See all photos from Judy L. for Mount Davidson Park 5/8/2016

Great hike with a very beautiful view of the city. Be careful on the trails as the rocks are a bit slippery at some points. There is a nice tree on the top of the hill for pictures. Climbing the tree is easy but getting off may be a bit tricky. In my experience, the best way is to slide it down. Yes, slide down the tree. It may sound a bit crazy, but it works. Above the hill with the tree is the giant cross. This hike has several trails that all lead to the top. If the path splits off and you are not sure if it is a trail then do not go on it. It will most likely lead to a dead end and you will have to go back. DO NOT go off the trail and try to create your own shortcut. There are a bunch of thorns everywhere and you will only be hurting yourself and nature. I had a friend who did that because he went off on a trail that led to a dead end and tried to make a shortcut back to the main trail. He came back with cuts everywhere. Overall, an easy hike if you stick on the main trail and always go up. Also, this hike could definitely benefit from having signs.

=) =) Just hanging =) Just hanging =) Had to slide down after Had to slide down after See all photos from Dang L. for Mount Davidson Park 1/10/2016

What a fantastic, underrated hike in SF! The panoramic, unobstructed views of the bay and the city are incredible. We started our hike on the unmarked trail off of Dalewood Way, and during the initial hike you'll forget you're in the city. We hiked through eucalyptus forests lined with vibrant green ferns and ivy. Once you circle around the ridge you'll be surprised with a glimpse of the bay, and as you continue your hike up the view gets even better. This hike is a round trip 1.5 miles. It's a moderate, pretty quick hike and it's definitely worth the view from the highest peak in SF (938 ft). Don't forget to bring your dog because this place is dog-friendly, but leashes required.

A beautiful hike through the forest before you even reach the top. A beautiful hike through the forest before you even reach the top. Don't forget to bring your dog for an incredible hike to the peak! Gorgeous, panoramic views are your reward. Don't forget to bring your dog for an incredible hike to the peak! Gorgeous, panoramic views are your reward. 1/5/2016

One of the most underrated spots in the city. The 103-foot white cross at the top has a ton of history over the Easter Sunday of the mid-20th century, and of course you should go for your picture of #thatSFtree with an amazing overlook of the city at large, as well as views over the East Bay and south towards San Bruno. You can easily spy on people at the top of Twin Peaks and near the Sutro Tower too! Easy climbs to the top.

#thatSFtree #thatSFtree SF in the background SF in the background See all photos from Andy L. for Mount Davidson Park 4/26/2015

Definitely worth a stroll up if you're in the neighborhood! There are entrances all around the base of the mountain and they're all different. Some are winding and wooded, others are large enough for a vehicle and climb right to the top. The further uphill your trail entrance, the easier the hike will be. If you want more of a challenge, look for a trail near the bottom. I started at the bottom, came out near the top and it took an hour, including photographs. There are so many side trails thought that you could spend a lot more time wandering around if you wanted to. In general, trails that go more or less straight will take you around the mount to see all the different views. But be warned that this trail was narrow and rocky at times. It does require that you pay attention and be careful. There are others that split off and go up to the top or down to the bottom in a more direct route. You'll get to the top regardless and there are wonderful picture views up there.

Downtown view from the bluff at the top Downtown view from the bluff at the top Sign explaining the cross Sign explaining the cross Trail off of Dalewood close to the top Trail off of Dalewood close to the top See all photos from Angelique L. for Mount Davidson Park 8/15/2016

Easy little hike if you are at the entrance near the Muni bus stop.There is another entrance at the bottom where you can find the stairs but we opted to take the easy way up because we were so tired from visiting Alcatraz and Angel Island. Parking was easy. We went on a day where it was really foggy. But we love the fog so it made going here even better. We met an awesome person with his black lab named Chef.He took an cool picture of my husband and I although we couldn't get a nice pic of the cross because of the fog. This place is so cute and I recommend going up the long way if you want to work on your glutes.

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