San Francisco County High Point Trip Report

Mt Davidson

Date: December 19, 2000
Author: Scott Surgent

I had grand plans to do a sea-to-summit urban hike but reality set in as I entered San Francisco and realized I had not enough time or patience to negotiate San Fran's rat's nest of roads. Armed with a good road map, I found my way to the Mt Davidson area around 4 pm, and spent some enjoyable time mildly lost among the multimillion-dollar homes perched on the hillside. A nice mailman pointed me the right way. I parked and hiked up a STEEP road (Dalewood) to its top, then a service road and some steps to the summit. A 100-ft cross is at the top, obscured below by equally tall trees. In 1997 the city sold the land and the cross to the "Organization of Armenian-American Associations of Northern California" (or something like that). The cross now bears a plaque commemorating the 1915-18 Armenian genocide by the Turks.