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Hiking Stats as of 11/21/2018
Total Trips:
Total Distance:
Total Elevation Gain:
 325
 3,891.68 miles
 1,060,050 feet

Jun 4, 2013 - Davidson, Mount

 

Partners: (None)

Distance: 2.33 miles

Elevation Gain: 860 feet

Trip Time: 0:59

Maps and Stats:
In addition to focusing on climbing peaks on the Sierra peaks lists, I also have a long term goal of climbing the highest peaks in each California county. Some of these peaks are not exactly worthy of giving up a day better spent climbing more worthy objectives, and so it will probably be a long time before I get to even half of them. Case in point, I had yet to visit the San Francisco County highpoint, largely because I did not want to drive the round trip 3 hours it would take to accomplish the task.

As luck would have it, I was spending the night in SF as I was attending a work conference, and I decided that an after work visit to the highpoint would be an excellent use of my free night. The high point of SF is Mt. Davidson, which is nothing more that a hill with a giant cross on top of it. With a summit less than 1,000 feet above sea level, I feared this would not be much more than checking a box of my to do list.

Mt. Davidson is in the southern portion of SF, so it took me about 15 minutes to get from the Moscone Center, where my conference was, to the trail head. It turned out that there were about a dozen trailheads, all winding their way up the hill, but parked at the one that previous county highpointers had identified as the best place to start. This was the first hike I ever did in khakis and a collared shirt (I did wear a sweater too, this is SF after all) although I did switch to hiking boots so as to not get my nicer shoes all dirty. I set out on the trail, not really sure exactly what to expect. I figured it would be obvious, just head generally upward. The views of SF made up for whatever brevity the hike actually had, and I very much enjoyed the amazing scenery.

Although there were multiple trails heading in all directions, I wanted to first summit before exploring the rest of the park. So I continued up, and after maybe 5 minutes the massive cross marking the summit came into view. I walked over to it and noted that it was actually a memorial marker that is actually not on City land . There were too many trees on the summit to allow for good views of the City below, so I took my summit shot and set off to explore every trail I could find. I wanted to at least get a couple miles out of this. The trails let through surprising woody areas, much more of a natural setting than I expected here in SF. I descended the back side of the hill, bottoming out at the neighborhood on the other side. So I set off to do a circle around the base of the hill, winding upwards so that I could summit a second time before leaving. The trail did have some nice flowering plants and color which kept things fun.

The trail offered some great views of Downtown San Francisco, Oakland, residential SF and points south. After wondering every conceivable trail I went back up to the top. The descent offered great views of the tall buildings of San Francisco for the 5 minutes it took to get back to my car. It wasn't the most difficult hike, but I managed to get an hour, with a couple of miles and a bit less than 1,000 feet of elevation gain out of it. I'd have to say it is worth the visit (if you are in the neighborhood that is).

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