Twin Peaks Loop Trail

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Trail Distance: 3.8 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 30 min+
Elevation Gain: 511 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: No
Description
Twin Peaks has been a tourist attraction since Mexican settlers first entered the area. The Twin Peaks Loop Trail will take you to both peaks, giving you amazing views of the city and the ocean, bay, and Marin headlands beyond it. Your dog can join you on this hike. Though the distance is reasonable, the path is very steep in places. There's even a staircase cut into the side of the hill at one point! 


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! 

Trail Features
Steep Inclines, Urban
Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Hikers beware: poison oak grows here! Stay safe by staying on the path, and helping your pup stay on trail as well. Though dogs are not as susceptible to poison oak as humans, they can carry the oil on their fur and pass it on to you!
Address
501 Twin Peaks Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94114
Hours
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Address
501 Twin Peaks Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94114
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset