San Francisco County Highpoint Trip Report
Date: December 18, 2005
Author: Peter Maurer
I had finally bagged San Mateo County and thought I'd finish the day in San
Francisco and pick up its highpoint as well, since I'd never seemed to have been
able to get down to the Bay Area with enough extra time to make it to this
hilltop. My son and I caught a window between the rainfall as we wound our way
up the residential streets described in Gary Suttle's book. There are numerous
routes, and anyone moderately competent in reading a road map can find their way
to the bus shelter at the base of the trail. I had thought about an all public
transit ascent, beginning with Amtrak in Sacramento.
The wind was howling through the Eucalyptus grove covering most of the hilltop,
which gave me cause for concern, but it was not strong enough to snap any limbs.
The rain had just let up as we strolled up the road (keeping to the more open,
but wind-sheltered side) but visibility was maybe only a 1/4 mile, so there
wasn't much to see. The cloud cover lifted for a few moments to reveal a sea of
houses but both ocean and bay were out of visible range. We had the hill to
ourselves, which provided a nice respite from the hustle and bustle of the
holiday shopping madness going on around us.