The San Francisco City Hike to Forest Hill, Mt. Davidson, and Twin Peaks is scheduled
for Saturday, April 24. This hike will consist of three segments totaling approximately
six miles, five hours, and a 1000 ft. elevation gain. Plan to meet us at the West
Portal Recreation Center on Lenox Way, between Taraval and Ulloa, at 10 AM for a
prompt 10:15 AM departure. Street parking is available on Lenox Way and the surrounding
area. We will stop for lunch at the top of Mt. Davidson, the highest point in San
Francisco. Plan to wear layered clothing, and bring a lunch and plenty of liquids.
We will hike rain or shine, so be prepared. Bring $2 for your Muni fare at the end
of our hike, and $7 for your carpool driver towards gas and a portion of the Golden
Gate Bridge toll for your carpool driver if you are planning to carpool.
The West Portal Branch of the San Francisco Public Library, located at the corner
of Lenox Way and Ulloa, opens at 10 AM and has public restrooms. For those of you
who arrive early and want to enjoy coffee/breakfast in San Francisco, Noah’s Bagels,
Peet’s Coffee, and the Squat & Gobble (offering omelets, crepes, Eggs Benedict, etc.)
are all located nearby on West Portal between Vincente and Ulloa. Our city hike will
feature lots of steps and none of our usual flags. Our first segment through Forest
Hill will last approximately 90 minutes and end at the library. After a 15 minute
break at the library, we will begin the second segment that will take us to the top
of Mt. Davidson and our lunch spot. Part of the route is a dirt trail that can be
muddy. The views at the top are outstanding. After lunch, we will pass near West
Portal and then ascend to Twin Peaks. We will descend on the other side to the Castro,
board an electric train, and return to West Portal at approximately 3:45 PM.
We strongly encourage you to carpool. The optimal parking spots are along the curbside
of the school on Lenox Way. If the bulk of us carpool, we may all manage to park
there. Anyone wishing to carpool can meet at the Park and Ride in Santa Rosa, located
between the Fairgrounds and the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, under the freeway.
Meet at 7:45 AM for a prompt 8 AM departure. Dave Chalk will be there to organize
the carpool. Mike Noel is organizing a Petaluma carpool. Meet him at the Petaluma
Lakeville & Hwy 101 Park & Ride at 8:15 AM for a prompt 8:30 AM departure.
It will be helpful if we have a projection of how many people are planning to participate
in the April 24 S.F. hike. We are not requiring reservations. We are merely asking
you to fill out a form if you plan to do the hike. Click the SignUp tab to do this.
Our sincere thanks to Jim Dennis who has done the research to organize this hike
and Mike Noel, Lynn Pelletier, Scott Lewis, Sheryl King, Dennis O'Dea, Sandy Larsen,
and Tim Bacon for joining the pre-hike checkouts.
This hike is NOT sponsored by Sonoma County Regional Parks, California State Parks,
or Valley of the Moon Natural History Association.
Announcing the First Bill & Dave S.F. Walk
Site last updated :
On March 22, we added a Signup Form for planned participation.