Amazing views of the city with a hike that can be deceptively strenuous at times. Make sure to check the weather so you can get to the top without fog!

There are a ton of ways to get here (and obviously that can affect the total distance) but this is starting from Crestline and make sure you don't take any of the less-traveled trials. You'll know you're at the right staircase because it's made of wooden blocks and looks well traveled.

While hiking, be careful since there is poison oak. But other than that, just keep aware of where you're at since signs sometimes disappear and enjoy the view from the top. If you do bring snacks/ lunch, this is a great place to chill and take some photos.

Thinking of driving to the top for a sunrise or sunset? Check out this adventure.

Pack List

  • Hiking/ running shoes
  • Wind breaker/ jacket
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Backpack
  • Camera
  • Headlamp (if you go late)
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RT Distance 2 Miles
Elevation Gain 400 Feet
Activities Running, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Food Nearby
Scenic

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One of my favorite hikes within the city!

My friend and I decided to do Twin Peak on the spur of the moment while in the city and it was a great choice! We went around sunset and just Google Map where to go to find a set of wooden stairs (that kept going, and going, and going.) It was definitely a different hike from anything we've done before with a mix of mountain and city while climbing stairs in between houses, but it was a great workout and well worth view at the top, especially at sunset. Bring warm clothes! Really windy at the top.

2nd highest point in San Francisco

Twin Peaks is just 3 feet shorter than the highest point in SF, Mt. Davidson. That being said, it's one of the best training grounds for runners or hikers wanting to add elevation gain into their exercise regimen. Whether you're running laps around the two Twin Peaks, or doing sprints up and down its super-steep stairs, this is a first-class landmark to enjoy sweeping city views while getting in a killer workout.


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