A while ago, the SF Chronicle published a list of “101 Things to do in San Francisco with Kids.” I read the list and thought, even though it’s for kids, most of the items would be just as fun for adults. Having grown up in Northern California, I have already done several of them, but after crossing those off, still have plenty left.
I had a rare free weekend earlier this month and decided to knock a few items off the list, starting with a trip to Twin Peaks in the city’s Castro District.
The Twin Peaks are two (get it, twins???) hills located in San Francisco. At 925-feet high, they are the highest points in the city proper. You can drive up a paved, albeit windy, road to the top where there are restrooms, viewfinders, and busload of tourists, but I decided to hike up, from the midway point.
When I started walking, it was warm. The sun was out and I was on asphalt, but 10 minutes in, it started to get really windy. By the time I reached the summit, I had to pull my hair into a ponytail or risk total blindness.
I huffed and puffed my way to the top … and this is after getting back to running! The entire thing made Coit Tower seem like a breeze (no pun intended), but when I finally made it to the top, it was so worth it. The 360-degree views are incredible.
Energized by the view, I continue hiking up to the south peak, which is much less touristy. There I could see south to Candlestick Park, east to Oakland, north to Marin County, and west to the Pacific Ocean.