Twin Peaks, San Francisco

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    Climb to the Top of Twin Peaks

    by machomikemd Written Oct 10, 2011

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    The Top of the peaks of the Twin Peaks provide a more magnificent view of the Bay Area! That is if you can climb the 200 step foot path reinforced with wood going to both of the peaks of the twin peaks. You must be in good shape to climb it. This is one of those tourist landmarks that you've gotta appreciate even if you live here hehehe. With an elevation of ~900+ feet (Noe Peak, the South Peak is 922 ft.. Eureka, the North Peak is 904 ft.), the Peaks are actually the second tallest hills here in the City (Mount Davidson is the tallest), but probably #1 in terms of best 360 panoramic view moreso from the top of the peaks.

    Twin Peaks Boulevard is the only road that goes to the summit of the peaks, and on the north side of the hills it connects to Christmas Tree Point, where there is a parking lot and an observation area offering unobstructed views of most San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay. Known by the Spaniards as "Los pechos de la Chola" (i.e. the Breasts of the Indian Maiden), Twin Peaks is ideally located at the geographical center of San Francisco. On a clear day, visitors are treated to a 360-degree view spanning the Golden Gate to Alcatraz, to Berkeley, to the peninsula. But even on a foggy day, the views are heart stopping, with the fog rolling in from the ocean and practically lapping at one’s feet.

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    Panoramic view

    by tim07 Updated Feb 10, 2010

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    View from Twin Peaks

    Twin Peaks stands at an elevation of over 900 ft and is named after its two virtually identical summits. The lower portion of Twin Peaks has residential homes on it. The summit is home to a handful of transmission towers and a 14 million gallon reservoir.

    The main reason to visit though is the stunning 360 degree view of San Francisco from the top.

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    Windy but the Panorama is Stunning!

    by machomikemd Updated Nov 17, 2009

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    What a beautiful view of the Bay Area! This is one of those tourist landmarks that you've gotta appreciate even if you live here hehehe. With an elevation of ~900+ feet (Noe Peak, the South Peak is 922 ft.. Eureka, the North Peak is 904 ft.), the Peaks are actually the second tallest hills in SF (Mount Davidson is the tallest), but probably #1 in terms of best 360 panoramic view.

    Twin Peaks Boulevard is the only road that goes to the summit of the peaks, and on the north side of the hills it connects to Christmas Tree Point, where there is a parking lot and an observation area offering unobstructed views of most San Francisco and the San Francisco Bay. Known by the Spaniards as "Los pechos de la Chola" (i.e. the Breasts of the Indian Maiden), Twin Peaks is ideally located at the geographical center of San Francisco. On a clear day, visitors are treated to a 360-degree view spanning the Golden Gate to Alcatraz, to Berkeley, to the peninsula. But even on a foggy day, the views are heart stopping, with the fog rolling in from the ocean and practically lapping at one’s feet.

    Night on Twin Peaks is an entirely different experience that must also be experienced. The entire Bay Area sparkles below like a jeweled carpet. But the billing and cooing one hears most probably emanates from cars parked nearby, rather than the wildlife. Not surprisingly, Twin Peaks serves as an “Inspiration Point” for lovers. After all, what could be more romantic than parking above the twinkling lights of San Francisco and below the twinkling stars in the sky? If you don’t have someone to keep you warm, you might want to bring a jacket. It gets pretty windy on top of the world.

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    A Different Way to See Twin Peaks

    by virtualvagabond Written Aug 28, 2009
    Twin Peaks urban hike

    Twin peaks has he best view in the city, but it's often crowded with groups from tour buses. If you're not afraid to do a some walking, there's a much more interesting way to check out the view. Just click the link to get details about this cool urban hike.

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    Twin Peaks - Natural Attraction

    by caseyso Written Aug 10, 2008

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    Twin Peaks, formerly known as San Miguel Hills, are two hills situated in the geographic center of San Francisco, California. It is the second highest point in in San Francisco, after Mount Davidson. The peak of the hills can be reached by only one road, the Twin Peaks Boulevard. On the top of the Twin Peaks is the Christmas Tree Point, where you will see without obstruction the magnificent scenery of the City of San Francisco and San Francisco Bay.

    Elevation: about 922 feet

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    Twin Peaks by MUNI (Public Transit)

    by flyer_e901 Written Nov 1, 2007

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    Getting to Twin Peaks via public transit is actually pretty easy. From downtown, hop on the F-Line streetcar to the last stop in the Castro. Transfer to bus #37 Corbett on the north side of Market Street by Castro Street. Ask the driver where he/she can drop you off on Crestline Drive. Once you get off the bus, be careful walking up the steps on the hillside and watch out for any cars when walking along Twin Peaks Blvd.

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  • For a stunning view...

    by Tom400C Written Sep 26, 2007

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    San Francisco at your feet

    ... of the city. On a clear day you really should go to twin peaks. No public transport goes all the way to the top so we took the F from fisherman's wharf to the Castro and continued on foot. It took us a while to get there but the absolutely stunning views over the city were more than worth the effort :-) Extra tip: even on a sunny day, it can get cold and windy up there so bring a sweater or something else to keep you warm...

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    Twin Peaks

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 25, 2007

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    Twin Peaks is known as the best view of the city, but I went on a rainy November day and had to peer through the clouds and rain while hoisting an umbrella. Even on a cloudy day, it was easy to pick out the financial district, AT&T Park, Candlestick Park, and the Bay Bridge. Unfortunately, we could not see the Golden Gate Bridge, or even much of the bay itself, certainly not Oakland nor Alcatraz!

    I returned on a clear night in April and got to enjoy a wonderful view of the city. On this Sunday night around 10pm the parking lot was full despite the cold winds. The sky was crystal clear and we could see all the way to Oakland and to the Golden Gate Bridge.

    From downtown, Twin Peaks is at the end of Market Street. From any other direction, Twin Peaks would be difficult to find without a map, but you can search for Twin Peaks Blvd on your favorite mapping website such as Google Maps.

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    The View From Twin Peaks

    by Karnubawax Updated Jan 29, 2007

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    Looking down Market Street

    If - and only IF - it's a clear day, you'll want to make the short drive up to Twin Peaks. The view is incredible. You'll get to see most of San Francisco (at least, most of SF that is of interest to the visitor), and, on clear days, you'll see a lot of the East Bay and Marin.

    There may be public transportation here on MUNI - I'm not sure. If you don't have a car you can get a similar view from Tank Hill (click here) or from Market Street above the Castro.

    There is parking, but you may have to wait for a spot to open up if it's busy. This also used to be a popular "Lover's Lane" kind of place at night, though I think people have gotten more uptight in recent years!

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    Twin Peaks

    by Tom_Fields Written Jan 2, 2007

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    Here is the best view of San Francisco from within the city limits. It's quite a trip out here, but well worth it. Next to the hilltop is Sutro Tower, a huge radio/tv tower that serves as a local landmark.

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  • A "Model View" of San Francisco.

    by haathi Written Dec 23, 2006

    Looking at San Francisco from Twin Peaks feels like you are looking at a Model View - the kind that Architects and Developer make for RealEstate Buildings - of the City ! We came across Twin Peaks by accident when we were returning from a Trip to Golden Gate and lost GPS signals.

    There are two ways you can get up to Twin Peaks. We went in from one and came out of the other onto Market Street at Castro.

    There are Telescoping Viewing Stands that you can put a quarter in, to get a close look of the City and other surrounding areas. The tourists seem to have trashed the area quite a bit with soda cans, food bags and other things. Please help us keep the City clean and pick up after yourself ! Also, make sure you get here on a sunny day because San Francisco is know for it's fog !

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    Drive up Twin Peaks for City View

    by SLLiew Written Oct 8, 2006

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    This is a fantastic panaromic view of San Francisco from the top of Twin Peaks at an elevation of 922 feet. Can be windy up there so bring along a windbreaker.

    There are transmission towers and a reservoir up there. Rest is a nature's reserve with raccoons, skunks, opossums, white crowned sparrows and redtail hawks as well as the a home to the endangered Mission Blue Butterfly.

    What a view from up there.

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    You must make the trip up Twin...

    by cjg1 Updated Oct 4, 2006

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    You must make the trip up Twin Peaks. It was on one of my first trips out here once JP and Heidi had moved back that I came up here. The views although the sun was setting were fantastic. This should be a must see for anyone coming to town.

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    The best view of San Francisco

    by USCgirlie Updated Mar 22, 2006

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    Twin Peaks and Coit Tower, in my opinion, give the best views of San Francisco. Twin Peaks is a bit different from Coit Tower in that you can see the entire city and the San Francisco Bay, with unobstructed views. When you go, you will notice that there is one long street that seems to be the focal point of the view - that is Market Street, probably the busiest street in San Francisco. One caveat about Twin Peaks however: Twin Peaks is often foggy, and when it's foggy, it can be hard to see good views. Thus, the best time to visit Twin Peaks is when it's a clear day in San Francisco. Clear nights are also wonderful, and romantic. Also beware of high winds! The best way to reach Twin Peaks is by car because of its extremely high vantage point (it's the second highest point in San Francisco) and curving roads.

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    Prepare to Freeze: Twin Peaks at Night

    by mydreamquest Updated Nov 23, 2005

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    View of SF from Twin Peaks

    In the center of San Francisco are two peaks that look like camel humps or more vividly two sexy breasts looking up towards the heavens.

    Even the Ohlone Indians, who lived here for centuries before any European set eyes to this land, even they recognized the sensuality of Twin Peaks and referred to them as a woman's bosom. Yes, I guess us men are "visually inspired creatures."

    To get to Twin Peaks, you'll need to drive. If you take the 49 Mile Scenic Drive, eventually, you'll get here. If you're in a hurry, just take Market Street (the primary street that cuts diagonally in the center here), and it turns into Portola as it snakes about. Be prepared to turn right onto Twin Peaks Blvd. and drive up until you get to the parking lot, where, it will be freezing cold. Be sure to wear a heavy coat, even in the summer, especially if you go there at night, where I think you'll get the best night views of San Francisco.

    It will be very windy. If you've styled your hair to go to the opera right after this, your hair will be completely reshaped and styled by an angry mother nature zephyr.
    From Twin Peaks, you will see both the Bay and Golden Gate Bridges, Market Street, the Financial District, the Castro (where market goes diagonally) and the East Bay and cities like Berkeley, Oakland, Alameda, Emeryville, Albany, and Richmond.

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