Mount Davidson


San Francisco, California is filled with rolling hills that make the streets rather steep. The highest natural point in San Francisco is Mount Davidson. It has an elevation of 928 feet. It is located in the center of town south of Twin Peaks. Portola Drive is also south, with Diamond Heights and Glen Park to the west. It is a dominating feature of this area, and one of 44 hills in the San Francisco area.

It was originally considered as one of the Original "Seven Hills". Mount Davidson has a concrete cross at the very top of the hill. This cross stands at 103 feet, making it the most notable feature of the hill. Each Easter it is visited by thousands for a prayer service, in which the cross is illuminated.

Also at the top of the hills is Mount Davidson Park, though there is a small patch of privately owned land at the summit. The parkland runs from Myra Way, Dalewood Way to Juanita Way. Visitors and residents can use the Teresita Muni Line for public transportation or drive to the park. The land was first purchased by Adolph Sutro in 1881, and he called it Blue Mountain.

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