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San Francisco Urban Hike: Hills and Hidden Gems

  • 3-hour urban jungle hiking tour in San Francisco
  • Discover the city’s wild side as you hike along hidden trails to off-the-beaten path locales
  • Surround yourself in hidden forests full of lush plants, trees and flowers
San Francisco Urban Hike: Hills and Hidden Gems
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Conquer San Francisco's urban jungle on this 3-hour urban hike. Trek your way up Tank Hill and Kite Hill, spots favored by locals for great city views, and stroll through hidden forests. Visit the Seward Street Slides to play like a local kid and take spectacular photos from the top of Twin Peaks. Between the forests, lush greenery and hidden pocket parks, you'll find it hard to believe you're in the midst of one of the country's busiest cities. Learn urban legends, history and culture from your local hiking guide.
What to Expect
Find your way to the historic Castro Theater in San Francisco's Castro district for your moderate 5-mile (8-km) urban hike. Be sure to wear proper hiking shoes to tackle the city's famous hills and bring some drinking water. 

Start with a trek up to the top of Kite Hill, a green space that's easy to see but hard to find and is popular with the neighborhood residents. After pausing at the top of the hill for great views and some photo ops, continue to the Seward Street Slides, a hidden gem that has brought delight to kids and adults alike over the years. Make like a local: grab a piece of cardboard and let 'er rip down the curved, cement slides, clearly built in an era before playground safety was a concern. 

Walk through a hidden eucalyptus forest behind Sutro Tower, one of the city's unmistakable landmarks. Follow your guide to an unmarked hiking trail, less of an official trail and more of a path worn by residents over the years, to the summit of Twin Peaks. Catch your breath and some truly magnificent views of the San Francisco waterfront and the East Bay Hills beyond. 

Conquer Tank Hill next, another popular neighborhood park for views and dog walking. This 650-foot (198-km) high summit gives views of the northern side of the city, the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park. 

Descend via the 211-step Pemberton Place Stairway, winding through the beautiful neighborhood houses and private gardens. Return to the Castro Theater to end your 3-hour tour, having seen a part of San Francisco that many travelers never witness.
Reviews (45)
1 - 5 of 11 reviews
Reviewed October 5, 2018
Great way to spend an afternoon in San Francisco

A thoroughly delightful afternoon--hiking up steps and hills and streets and seeing Twin Peaks, among other highlights. Great way to walk for three hours, see some lovely views and burn off some calories.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ArnieR_13
Reviewed June 27, 2018
Amazing Hike, Amazing Guide

My fourteen year old son and I thoroughly enjoyed our hike with Faris. If we were here longer we’d definately do another hike. It is so great to see hidden trails, parks, views and neighbourhoods that otherwise would be impossible on your own. Highly recommend.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank ecttm
Reviewed May 6, 2018
Amazing hike and views

I apologize for the late review. I went on this tour on April 5 and Kevin was our group's guide. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. He took us to Twin Peaks, Tank Hill and Kite Hill for amazing views of SF. I was also...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank Ben F
Reviewed March 13, 2018 via mobile
Not fishermans wharf

Can only recommend this hike. Our hike was well guided by the affable and knowledgeable Val who lead us through streets up forrested trails and down hidden stair cases. While foggy right at the top ( this is SF ) unique views and perspectives of...More

2  Thank Gregory L
Reviewed February 25, 2018
Really see San Francisco

I highly recommend this tour if you want to get off the beaten path and see SF neighborhoods and views. We learned local history, climbed great, hidden stairways and stopped for amazing views along the way. The views from Twin Peak were special and better...More

Date of experience: February 2018
1  Thank David C
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