San Francisco Parks and Recreation,
San Francisco County
Under 1 mile easy hike to one of the city's best-loved viewpoints.
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 1/2 mile hike is easy. The two hills of Twin Peaks are easily navigated, with moderate but short ascents and descents.
Nice any time, although the views are obscured on foggy days.
Twin Peaks is almost directly in the center of San Francisco. Consult a map to get there from your location, but here are directions from two central SF roads.
From northbound Interstate 280 in San Francisco, exit San Jose. Stay in the right lane and make the first right on Rousseau (signed to Bosworth). Drive one block and take the first right onto Bosworth. Continue on Bosworth, crossing Diamond, and then Elk. Bosworth breaks off to the right and then ends, while O'Shaughnessy Boulevard takes its place heading uphill. Take O'Shaughnessy to the junction with Portola, at the top of the hill. Turn right, and immediately get into the left lane. Wait at the light, then turn left onto Twin Peaks. Drive uphill and park at the signed parking lot.
From southbound Interstate 280 in San Francisco, exit Monterey. At the end of the ramp, make a sharp right onto Monterey. At the next light, turn left on Diamond. Drive one block, then turn left onto Bosworth. Continue on Bosworth, past Elk. Bosworth breaks off to the right and then ends, while O'Shaughnessy Boulevard takes its place heading uphill. Take O'Shaughnessy to the junction with Portola, at the top of the hill. Turn right, and immediately get into the left lane. Wait at the light, then turn left onto Twin Peaks. Drive uphill and park at the signed parking lot.
From Market Street, drive southwest. Market turns into Portola; continue on Portola and at the second traffic light, turn right onto Twin Peaks. Drive uphill and park at the signed parking lot.
GPS Coordinates* for Trailhead (pullout):
(* based on Google Earth data, shown as degrees, minutes, seconds)
Gas, food, and lodging:
Gas, pay phone, restaurant, and stores to the northeast on Market, or south near the junction of Portola and O'Shaughnessy. No camping here.
Small paved parking lot. No entrance or parking fees. There's a portable toilet, but no drinking water at the parking lot. There are designated handicapped parking spots in the parking lot, but the trail over the peaks is not wheelchair accessible.
None posted. Dogs are permitted, and trails are used primarily by local runners, and visiting tourists.
Use AAA's San Francisco and Vicinity map to get there.
Map from San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau
Go to Bay Area Hiker Home page
two hills towering over San Francisco, while not
the highest peaks in town (Mount Davidson has that honor), are
on every city visitor's short list of tourist sights. Just follow the
tour bus traffic to the viewpoint on Twin Peaks Boulevard, where passengers
pile out of buses to admire the view. It is probably the best vista of
San Francisco from inside the city limits, except during our foggy summer
days, when visibility is nearly zero.