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San Francisco Urban Hike: Castro and Twin Peaks

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San Francisco Urban Hike: Castro and Twin Peaks

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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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.
  • Discover the city’s wild side as you hike along hidden trails to off-the-beaten path locales
  • Hike up to the summit of Twin Peaks for sweeping city views
  • Walk through a forest behind Sutro Tower and slide down the Seward Street Slides
  • Learn interesting facts about San Francisco from your guide
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Departure Point

429 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114, USA

18th Street and Castro Street in the Castro District, in front of the Castro Theatre.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Stop At:  
Castro Theatre
Start and end your tour hear. Learn the history of this classic movie palace.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Seward Street Slides
Slide down fun concrete slides in the middle of a city park
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Kite Hill Open Space
Get beautiful views of downtown San Francisco and Twin Peaks from this hilltop
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Twin Peaks
Visit an overlook with panoramic view of downtown San Francisco
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sutro Tower
Stand at the foot of an almost-900-foot tower. The top of the tower is the highest point in San Francisco.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Tank Hill
Check out views of the ocean, bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and downtown San Francisco
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Adult pricing applies for all travelers
  • Due to the distance and intensity of the hike, this tour is not recommended for children 12 years and younger
  • Tour runs rain or shine. If it is raining and you would prefer not to attend, you may reschedule or request a refund
  • Recommended attire: comfortable shoes or hiking boots, dressing in layers
  • Bringing water is recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Hiker SF
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the social distancing policy during San Francisco Urban Hike: Castro and Twin Peaks?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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  • "It is a more challenging hike so some level of fitness would be helpful." See review


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Unique Experience!
, Sep 2021
Truly unique way to experience San Francisco. Kevin was amazing and friendly. He is from San Francisco and made us feel very welcome.
San Francisco from above
, Jun 2021
Breathtaking views and a very knowledgeable, friendly and experienced guide. It is a more challenging hike so some level of fitness would be helpful.
Great urban hike
, Jan 2019
Our guide Kevin is a SF native. He cheerfully and confidently led us up and down hills and stairways through many charming residential neighborhoods and parks. Beautiful views of the city, great 3-hour moderate workout, and lots of surprises, even for our son and daughter-in-law who are residents. Starting and ending in Castro was convenient, and great dining and coffee opportunities after the hike. Definitely recommend!
Fabulous tour
, Dec 2018
Had a fantastic tour with Val , he was very Knowledgeable and friendly guy. We would highly recommended this tour .
It was a marvelous experience...
, Oct 2017
It was a marvelous experience. Seeing San Francisco from a very different viewpoint or better points. Our guide was excellent, very accommodating. Only do the hike if you are in decent shape. It is a hike lots of step stairs and hilly areas, but well worth it.
Fabulous tour and guide. Alex...
Bob K
, Sep 2017
Fabulous tour and guide. Alex designed a very interesting route and Val executed it with so much information and charm. We got to see hidden neighborhoods, climb multiple stair passages, wander in eucalyptus forests and have amazing vistas. Highly recommended.
My family and I were lucky to have...
Coffee Wizard
, Aug 2017
My family and I were lucky to have Dani, such a lovely and friendly tour guide! I would recommend this hike to anyone visiting SF. It is the best way to see the city's culture, history, unique hills, neighborhoods, and changing weather temps. Wearing comfortable sneakers or hiking shoes is definitely rrecommended, since you'll be taking on steep sidewalks and wooded areas. Also, dress in layers. One minute it's warm and sunny, the next like on top of Twin Peaks, it is very windy, misty, and cool. Our way back from Sutro Tower was was muddy and slippery at times, so be prepared in case that happens. Dani is a delightful conversationalist, and knowledgeable in the history of the city. She even had snacks for us when we reached the top of Twin Peaks. This is a very energetic, interesting, and breathtaking tour. Hills and Hidden Gems, indeed!!
This tour was great! Alex, was...
Diana I. J
, Aug 2017
This tour was great! Alex, was amazing full of fun facts and an amazing passion for the city. She is very welcoming, informative and greatly prepared. I really enjoyed how she felt out the pace of the group and allowed us time to catch our breath when ascending each staircase or high hills. She was prepared with snacks for the midway of the hike. The hike itself was well planned with plenty of historical and scenic views and very worth every penny!
Hiked to top of Twin Peaks. We felt...
, May 2017
Hiked to top of Twin Peaks. We felt like we were hiking in the forest- hard to believe we were in San Francisco.
This was the Highlight of my San Fran...
Anne M
, May 2017
This was the Highlight of my San Fran trip..... great wee afternoon :
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