Start at the base of the hill, near Crestline. Take a moment to stretch out and be sure that you have your water, doggie bags, and a bowl for Spot. This area is heavily traveled as others flock to the top of this glorious view, and you don't want to be embarrassed by not being able to clean up after your dog!
This trail starts off easy on you. The first quarter mile is a slight steep uphill climb. You can see the hills rising in front of you. There is also more wildlife here; this park is one of the more natural spots in the city, and you'll see more birds and squirrels. If you're very lucky, you may see one of San Francisco's coyotes!
Once you reach the first set of stairs, it's all uphill from there. The steps are sturdy, and made of wood set deeply into the hill. You can tell you're following the right trail given how many footsteps have worn the staircase down! The path goes up in levels. Climb a staircase, walk a short distance over almost flat ground, and repeat. Many dogs don't love stairs, and you may want to walk to the side--there's a smooth incline beside the stairs that's been worn in by other pets over the years!
Once you make it to the top, take a breather! Snap photos of the gorgeous sites, which include the Golden Gate Bridge, downtown SF, and more! When you're ready, begin your descent.
The Twin Peaks Loop Trail is a pawsome, challenging hiking experience for you and your pet!