Twin Peaks San Francisco

How To Get There

There are a few options on how to get to the top of Twin Peaks, including by car, by bike or on foot. By car is certainly the easiest, but by bike and on foot are definitely options for those that want to get more from the outdoors.

The easiest way to get to the base of the mountain is by Market Street. From downtown, take Market southwest until it turns into Portola. From Portola you will take a right on Twin Peaks Blvd. and follow the road up to the top. Another route is to take Market to 17th, then go left on Clayton, then right on Twin Peaks Blvd. After you take the right, you have to take another left to stay on Twin Peaks, but then you can wind up to the parking lot on the summit.

Riding your bike is certainly an option for getting to the summit, and you will take either of the two routes discussed above. One issue with riding your bike is to note that there are no bike lanes on either route up the hill, so it is necessary to pay close attention, as the road is winding and oncoming cars are not as detectable.

For those wanting to stretch their legs, you can hike from the Castro up to the top, either by the road or up along the hillside. The hike up to the top along the hillside is about two miles and there are spectacular views the entire way. Many travel guides will take you on a thorough journey to the top, noting places you should pay attention to, including local items of interest along the way. If you are not in the mood for a nature hike, you can walk along the side of the roads, which is a slightly shorter trek then going along the trails. As with bike riding, pay attention to the road, as there are no sidewalks, though every time I have been up there I have seen numerous people walking and running up to the top.

By: Colleen Kelly - Copyright SFTRAVEL LLC

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