Twin Peaks is a residential neighborhood less than 3 miles southwest of San Francisco's downtown area. Like most of SF, the homes in the region are rectangular structures that sit shoulder-to-shoulder along paved, hilly streets. Most of the houses are designed in light of minimal modernity, but Victorians resembling the well-known Painted Ladies and Mission styles with their quintessential orange shingled roofs can be spotted as well.
Within the official border of the Twin Peaks neighborhood, there aren't commercial businesses, but multiple shops and restaurants are within walking distance. Perhaps due to the cost of living, green lifestyle preference, or population density, many San Franciscans choose not to own a car, which, in turn, makes SF an extremely walkable city. This means there are acres and acres of sidewalks, pedestrian-protected crosswalks, reliable public transportation, and well-maintained bike lanes.
The Bay Area is known to be a haven for both dogs and dog-owners because it offers easy access and proximity to so many national, state, and local parks while also offering plenty of fun activities in its cities. From Twin Peaks, you can visit over ten national and state parks all within a 60-mile radius, including Mount Diablo State Park which is only an hour and a half drive away.
Certain parts of Twin Peaks may not have sidewalks and therefore can be dangerous areas to walk a dog, especially when considering the curviness of its streets. Shaped by two motorways, Market Street and Clarendon Avenue, Twin Peaks has a unique oval shape to combat the typical squareness most tend to take. Most of the West Coast's infrastructure is defined by its natural wonders: hills, shores, mountains, forests, winding rivers. San Francisco, despite its many hills, has been able to keep most of the city on a simple grid system. But roads and sidewalks in Twin Peaks, wind and weave around the two peaks that sprout in its center.
In terms of elevation, the northern region of Twin Peaks features mostly steep inclining hills, whereas the rest of the area is mostly steep declines. Downhill walks can be tough on your knees, as they take the brunt of your body weight, and potentially even tougher on a senior dog, especially larger breeds who often develop joint issues.
Twin Peaks is the heart of the Twin Peaks neighborhood. It isn't hard to guess that the greenway, and its neighborhood, gained its name from its sister hills that tower over 900 feet into the brisk, foggy air. On clear mornings and evenings, the peak of either of these twins will give you uninterrupted 360 views of the City, sometimes seeing as far as across the bay to Oakland or the black silhouette of Mount Diablo. A well-kept walkway, railings, and telescopes line the peaks, giving visitors the chance to really discover their vista. Designated paths lead you through this San Franciscan favorite, showing you native fauna and flora, including the elusive and endangered Mission Blue Butterfly species which are only found in certain, and few, regions of the Bay Area.
At Kite Hill, both modern and antiquated residential buildings stack on top of each other, decorating the surrounding hills. Somewhat arid and rocky, the paths of Kite Hill can kick up quite a lot of dust on windy days. While away the day atop this knoll by hiking or jogging the trails with your enthusiastic pink-tongued companion, simply sit on a bench and gaze at the City, or, perhaps, even fly a kite.
If you plan to take your pet to Kite Hill, you may also want to stop at Seward Mini Park. It's most notable quality is the two giant, concrete slides that run down its slope. It may not be appropriate for some dogs to travel down, but if you own a small breed or puppy - at your own discretion - you could hold them in your lap, "Whee-ing!" the whole way down.
While built with young families in mind, Midtown Terrace Playground Picnic Area is also a great place to enjoy with your dog. And unlike the rest of San Francisco, it's unencumbered by hills, giving your pooch a flat, grassy area to catch a few frisbees. Although technically residing in the Forrest Hills neighborhood, Midtown Terrace Playground is just a quick jaunt from Twin Peaks and offers its visitors over 60,000 square feet of space to play and relax.