San Francisco, California

Urban Hiking by Night

with Alexandra K.

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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 this 2 hour tour, you’ll:

• Take in sweeping views of the city and Twin Peaks at night from Kite Hill 

• Slide down the Seward Street Slides

• Take an unmarked hiking trail to the summit of Twin Peaks

• Learn about the Mt. Sutro eucalyptus forest's early origins as well as its dark past 

• 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

William B.

What a great hike! I've been to San Francisco more times than I can count and Alex took us places I didn't even know existed. A couple of highlights: being suddenly engulfed in fog on Twin Peaks and hiking through a eucalyptus forest in the dark—the sound of the wind in the trees was incredible.

David M.

Great tour/hike of SF! Highly recommend it.

Petr S.

The trip with Alexandra was fabulous. She is very knowledgeable and will lead you through paths you would not find. And she'll unveil their history for you on top of that! Timing was great at this time of year (late August). We got to see the full moon rising over the bay just as we ascended the Twin Peaks. The way down was as interesting as the way up. Houses lining the narrow twisted roads and stairways, running down from Tank Hill, offered us magical views through the windows (a picture of Napoleon hanging in a Victorian style room with red curtains on the walls). If you're "too cool for a bus" like me, then you'll really enjoy this hike!

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