San Francisco - Mt. Davidson Park
at height of 927 feet, is the highest point in San Francisco.
The 40-acre park
cover the entire mountain top surrounded by the local neighborhood houses.
The hilltop is mainly
forested with eucalyptus trees, and at the top of the mountain there is a huge
The story of
the cross is quite interesting, marking the memory of the Armenian Holocaust.
Not so far from Mnt. Davidson Park you can find the Glen Canyon Park, they both can be combined into a longer hike loop:
"discovered" this park by mistake, I wanted to see the dragon mosaic
at the entrance to a nearby school and then I saw the mountain and the cross,
so I went up.
The cross “story”:
In the mid-1990s
various organizations that did not like the memory of the Armenian Holocaust ask
San Francisco municipality to remove the memorial site, after a lengthy legal
battle it was decided that the municipality would sell the cross itself or
destroy it. Several Armenian organizations raised money and bought the cross from
the city and the Armenian Holocaust Memorial remained as a small private area
within the municipal park around it. Every year on April 24 the cross is
illuminated in a special light.
The Park has
access trail entrances from all sides (search on Google Map) and they all
gradually ascend towards the top of the mountain.
The Park is not
large and the walk, although can be steep, is not difficult or long, suitable
for children but not suitable at all for strollers.
In addition to
the several hiking trails within the forest from the top of the hill there is a
beautiful view of the entire southern part of San Francisco (Highway 280).
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