Now: If you live in San Francisco, or have visited often, you have probably seen the wooded hill with the giant white cross peeking out from the top. But a surprising number of residents have never climbed this hill to the top.
Then: This land was owned during the late 1800s by the ubiquitous Adolph Sutro. The hill became a park in 1929.
How To Get There: Portola Drive (what Market Street turns into, west of Twin Peaks) passes through the Miraloma Park area. Just west of the small commercial strip, you can go left on Miraloma Drive, which turns (left) into Marne Avenue. Jog left again onto Juanita Way, and stop at the foot of the hill where the steps are visible. The exact location is here.
Tower Market (Mollie Stone's) on Portola Drive in Miraloma Park
Creighton's Bakery in Miraloma Park
Miraloma Market, near the foot of Mount Davidson
Marne Avenue, where it turns into Juanita Way
Juanita Way, looking toward Mt. Davidson
Steps leading up to Mt. Davidson at Juanita Way
Looking down at Juanita Way from the steps
Walking trail inside Mt. Davidson Park
Inside Mt. Davidson Park
Clearing near the top of Mt. Davidson
Steps leading up to the top of Mt. Davidson
Bench on the east side of the peak of Mt. Davidson
View toward the northeast and city skyline, from the top of Mt. Davidson
Southeast view toward the Excelsior and Crocker Amazon, from the top of Mt. Davidson