Mount Davidson

Mount Davidson

Mount Davidson, the highest point in San Francisco at 938 feet, offers a unique experience for visitors.

The mountain is most recognizable for the 103-foot concrete cross crowning its peak. The concrete cross atop Mount Davidson, erected in 1934, was one of a series of five crosses built during the Depression using donations. In 1997, San Francisco voters approved the monument’s sale to the Council of Armenian-American Organizations of Northern California.

Dogs are welcome on leash here. Bring water for you and your dog if you go.

From an aerial perspective, you can clearly see the distinct division between the mountain’s eucalyptus forest on the western side and coastal scrub and grassland on the eastern side. Mt. Davidson Park, a peaceful 38-acre space, stands as a tranquil oasis within the bustling heart of California’s most densely populated city.

The park boasts significant natural and recreational resources. The variety of plant life here provides a habitat for numerous migratory and resident birds, including 18 locally sensitive species. As you explore the western slopes on numerous trails, the dense vegetation and fog create an atmosphere akin to a rainforest.

The appearance of the landscape changes throughout the year. Summer and early fall bring dry, golden-brown grasslands, with native grasses awaiting the winter rains. By February, the slopes turn vibrant green. Spring sees an array of native wildflowers, including California poppies, blue-eyed grass, hog fennel, checkerbloom, and mule’s ears, painting the mountain with color.

Difficulty: Easy
Leash rules: On-leash
Parking: Parking in the surrounding residential neighborhood (Dalewood Way)
Drinking water: No
Hours of operation: 6:00 am to 10:00 pm

Last updated on October 13, 2023.

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