At the base of the Twin Peaks in San Francisco is a tiny residential neighborhood called Upper Market. This little neighborhood has a lot going for it, including fantastic views of the city. What it does not have is access to any of the usual amenities that dog walkers might want. Situated between Twin Peaks and Market Street does keep the neighborhood pretty quiet as it is somewhat isolated and you won’t find a lot of traffic. If you are looking for amenities for yourself or your dog, you will have to drive to find them. Luckily, there are plenty in the neighborhoods to the east and north of the community.
If you love to walk every day, you will be happy to know that the weather here is rarely too cold or too hot for a walk. It might get a bit chilly or damp, but if you bundle up and grab an umbrella, you will still be good to go.
Upper Market is a long, thin neighborhood that extends north and south and sits up against Twin Peaks to the west. This means that the vast majority of your walking is done north to south where elevation changes are generally milder. You will not find any completely flat areas here, but you can find terrain that is flat enough for out-of-shape walkers. On the other hand, if you are looking for a challenge, you will have no trouble finding it.
While most of the roads do have sidewalks, not all of them do and it is important to keep in mind that some of the road conditions are a bit on the rough side. If you plan to walk through this neighborhood, it is a good idea to map out a route that takes your fitness levels and road conditions in mind. The same applies for your pup as well.
This is a very small neighborhood, and as such, there are no greenways within its bounds but the residents here are fortunate enough to be situated right next to a large one just to the west. Twin Peaks is more than just a large hill. It is also a recreation area! A total of 64 acres is available with several hiking trails which offer some of the most spectacular views of the Bay Area that you will find anywhere.
There are several trailheads that come out in Upper Market which could not make it any more convenient for the residents here. If you are looking for a change of pace, there is also Mt. Davidson and Glen Canyon Park just to the south. There are also a large number of other parks sprinkled around the area, providing a wide range of diversity in terms of places to go and things to do on your days out.