I've been thinking about taking a hike up to Mt. Davidson again. I used to take my dogs up there a lot, but they've gotten older and so have I! Five years since I've done it. So today I started out. Before long I was breathing heavily, and my heart sounded in my ears like a locomotive. But I finally made it to the top - needed an update to photos I had from 5 years ago. And it was definitely worth it. A really good cardio workout! And here is a link to a YouTube video of a similar walk.
Mt. Davidson is surrounded by many San Francisco neighborhoods - Balboa Terrace, Ingleside Terraces, Westwood Park, Mount Davidson Manor, Westwood Highlands, Monterey Heights, Forest Hill, St. Francis Wood and West Portal.
Mt. Davison is the highest point in San Francisco at 938 ft., and is located on a preserve of 38 acres in the heart of San Francisco, and is one of San Francisco's original 7 hills. The cross at the top was finally erected in concrete in 1934 (after wooden crosses were burned down twice before), with Franklin D. Roosevelt pressing a telegraph key to light up the cross to an audience of 50,000 people. Yearly pilgrimages have taken place every year since for Easter Sunrise Services. The cross is only lighted now every Easter.
In 1991, several organizations, including the Americans United for Separation of Church and State, sued the City of San Francisco for owning a cross on city (public) land, and several court battles ensued. Eventually the courts forced the City to either tear down the Cross or sell it to a private entity.
On July 12, 1997, the Council of Armenian-American Organizations of Northern California (CAAONC), a coalition of over 30 Armenian-American Organizations outbid other groups, and purchased the Cross from the City of San Francisco. The sale was unanimously approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and placed on the ballot as Proposition F. On November 4, 1997, the voters of San Francisco overwhelmingly voted to approve the sale. The CAAONC thus became the legal owner of the Mt. Davidson Cross and assumed the responsibility for maintaining it.
The view from the top looking towards downtown San Francisco is unparalleled. Enjoy the views. For more photos, visit my Facebook Real Estate page.
You can see the new residential towers - The Millennium, The Infinity, One Rinson Hill - the last one just to the right of the Bay Bridge.
John M Scott, Broker / Owner, Century 21 Scott Keys Properties, Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE), Council of Real Estate Brokerage Managers (CRB), serving San Francisco and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area