Ascent of Mount Davidson on 2009-07-05

Climber: Jan Peter Eklund

Date:Sunday, July 5, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Tram
Peak:Mount Davidson
    Elevation:925 ft / 281 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was the first summit in a string of SF high points & peaks I have dubbed the "Spine of San Francisco". I started out after a late, hearty breakfast by catching the bus @ 1pm from the Mission up to Twin Pks Blvd and headed up to Davidson. Reached the summit @ 2:30, then went on to the others in the sequence. Here is the list of summits/high points in order:

1-Mt Davidson, 2-Twin Peak (S), 3-Twin Peak (N), 3a-unnamed overlook @ end of Belgrave Ave, 4-Mt Olympus, 5-Buena Vista Park HP, 6-Corona Hts Crag.

None of these was a big challenge, but string them all together over the course of a long afternoon and you get a good amount of exertion. I'd add Mt. Sutro to the sequence if I ever do it again.

I've always been a fan of the "Urban Hike" which might encompass parks, cemetaries, campuses, neighborhoods, topography, human artifacts & a beer towards the end. It's really interesting to me to see how the topography interacts with the city: almost all of the prominent hills in SF are topped with parks.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:325 ft / 99 m
    Trailhead:600 ft / 182 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Part of Trip: Spine of San Francisco (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Davidson2009-07-05 a
2Twin Peaks2009-07-05 b
3Twin Peaks-North Peak2009-07-05 c
4Mount Olympus2009-07-05 d
5Buena Vista Park High Point2009-07-05 e
6Corona Heights Crag2009-07-05 f

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