#1 - Mount Davidson


Mt. Davidson from Noe Peak


925 ft. Mt. Davidson, king of the ridge that runs up the San Francisco peninsula. Scraping the sky, oxygen scare at its peak, menacing above the city's southwestern neighborhoods. Its two distinctive features are the giant white cross at its summit and the bizarre mullet it sports -- tree-free business in the front, eucalyptus forest in the back.

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The giant white concrete cross on top of Mt. Davidson.

In case you were wondering, "Is that 'giant white cross' really that giant?": Yes, it is. At 103 ft., the cross itself is taller than the smallest hill on the list (#47 - Rincon Hill). The behemoth starred alongside fellow behemoth Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry, as you may recall, with the serial killer kicking Clint's ass at the cross's base. And that's not all the trauma it's seen. Its previous iterations burned down two or three times. Rather than copy-pasting the whole article about the cross, I'll leave you with the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Davidson,_San_Francisco#The_cross .



San Francisco
has 47ish hills within its city (and county) limits. I decided to go walk up each of them. You should, too. But until then, here are some photos, musing and ephemera collected on the way through the city of hills.

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Why the asterisk? Irish Hill used to stand proud at #39 on the list at 250 ft. All but a 50ft remnant of the hill was demolished and dumped into the bay some time around 1918.


#1 - Mount Davidson
#2 - Twin Peaks South (Noe Peak)
#3 - Mount Sutro
#4 - Twin Peaks North (Eureka Peak)
#5 - Forest Hill
#6 - Edgehill Mountain
#7 - Red Rock Hill
#8 - Gold Mine Hill
#9 - Larsen Peak
#10 - Tank Hill
#11 - Mount Olympus
#12 - Buena Vista Heights
#13 - McLaren Ridge
#14 - Corona Heights
#15 - Candlestick Point (Bayview)
#16 - Merced Heights
#17 - Lone Mountain
#18 - Bernal Heights
#19 - Strawberry Hill
#20 - Liberty Hill
#21 - Parnassus Heights
#22 - Lincoln Heights
#23 - Lafeyette Heights
#24 - Nob Hill
#25 - Pacific Heights
#26 - Presidio Heights
#27 - Dolores Heights
#28 - City College Heights
#29 - Excelsior Heights
#30 - Potrero Hill
#31 - Russian Hill
#32 - Telegraph Hill
#33 - Hunters Point Ridge
#34 - Holly Hill
#35 - University Mound
#36 - Laurel Hill
#37 - Anza Hill
#38 - Washington Heights
#39* - Irish Hill
#40 - Mount St. Joseph
#41 - Polish Hill
#42 - Alamo Heights
#43 - Cathedral Hill
#44 - College Hill
#45 - Sutro Heights
#46 - Mint Hill
#47 - Rincon Hill

 
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