San Francisco, California

Castro & Twin Peaks Hike

with Alexandra K.

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27 reviews

Alexandra K.

Let’s face it – you’re too cool for a tour bus.

Now you can make the most of San Francisco’s unique geography and history by going on an urban hiking tour! Urban hiking gets you killer views with your workout while you explore the secret stairways, hilltop views, and hiking trails of San Francisco. Whether you’ve been in San Francisco for 10 minutes, 10 days, or 10 years, you’re guaranteed to see something new.

On our 5 mile tour, you’ll:
• Take in sweeping views of the city and Twin Peaks from Kite Hill
• Check out an 1892 mansion that survived the 1906 earthquake
• Slide down the Seward Street Slides
• Take an unmarked hiking trail to the summit of Twin Peaks
• Walk through a eucalyptus forest in the center of the city
• Soak in panoramic views of Golden Gate Park, the Golden Gate Bridge, and downtown SF from Tank Hill
• Wander ghost streets and quaint stairways from Acme Alley to the 211-step masterpiece, Pemberton Place

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Alexandra K.

Originally from New Jersey, I've lived in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and Paris. While living in New York in 2004, I took a vacation to San Francisco and realized I didn't want to come home. It took three years, but I finally moved to San Francisco in 2007. When I bought my one-way ticket out west, my father bought me a copy of Adah Bakalinsky's book "Stairway Walks of San Francisco". At the time, I worked an hour outside the city during the week, so on weekends and inspired by the Stairway Walks book, I would take off to explore my new home on foot. One fateful day, a native San Franciscan friend brought me on a walk to the Embarcadero via the Vallejo and Filbert Street Steps. I loved the views afforded by the stairways, I loved the exercise I got from climbing them, and I loved how they seemed to be a secret to most. From that moment on, I was hooked on urban hiking. I love finding new secret spots in the city and now I want to share my findings with you! Full profile

27 Reviews

Shamba M.


Juliana C.

Great experience in San Francisco - consider I love hiking. I had been in town many times before, but had never done such a fun (non)touristic experience. Alexandra knows how to take you to another San Francisco without leaving town. Would definitelly do it again.

Jeff A.

We thoroughly enjoyed Max's led hike of the Castro and Twin Peaks. Lots of local history and interesting stairways. Buns of steel. If Max can make a hike on the hottest day in SF history fun (when the entire Bay Area is enshrouded in smoke from fires in nearby counties), then imagine what a blast you will have in normal conditions. Don't miss this funky way to see the city. (PS - you may learn all the different ways to say "San Francisco")


I love to hike, but I also like visiting cities and taking in the sights. An urban hike was just the thing. The route we followed (and there are several to choose from) started out in the Castro neighborhood and went up to Twin Peaks. We saw historic buildings which had survived the earthquake, winding streets, great stairways, beautiful views (no fog on our day), and explored an old eucalyptus forest. At times you can forget you are in a big city. At the end of our morning hike we were back in time for a great lunch.


I can't recommend this tour enough! These hikes are spectacular adventures, and unlike any other walking tour you can get in SF --- skip those cheesy bus tours, and discover the gems of this beautiful city by foot! You'll still get your fill of Victorian houses and top views of the Golden Gate bridge, but also get some fresh air and exercise along the way. I've lived in San Francisco for 5 years and I thought I knew this city well, but Alex showed us showed us so many cool things about the city, including a way-up top view that looks straight down Market Street to the Ferry Building, shortcuts to Twin Peaks through lush-green secret stairways, and my favorite --- a hidden eucalyptus forest. We couldn't stop taking photos because we kept turning the corner and discovering a new angle of the city! They also surprised us with some delicious home-baked lavender cookies and rosemary parmesan tea cakes to keep us fueled on the hike.

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