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Conquer San Francisco's urban jungle on this 3-hour urban hike. Trek your way up Tank Hill and Kite Hill, spots favored by locals for great city views, and stroll through hidden forests. Visit the Seward Street Slides to play like a local kid and take spectacular photos from the top of Twin Peaks. Between the forests, lush greenery and hidden pocket parks, you'll find it hard to believe you're in the midst of one of the country's busiest cities. Learn urban legends, history and culture from your local hiking guide. 


  • 3-hour urban jungle hiking tour in San Francisco
  • Discover the city’s wild side as you hike along hidden trails to off-the-beaten path locales
  • Surround yourself in hidden forests full of lush plants, trees and flowers
  • Tackle San Francisco’s famous hills including Kite Hill and Tank Hill
  • Hike up to the summit of Twin Peaks for sweeping city views
  • Walk through a forest behind Sutro Tower and slide down the Seward Street Slides
  • Learn interesting facts about San Francisco from your guide

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

There's a lot more to San Francisco than Fisherman's Wharf. On this urban hike, you'll get to explore the quaint alleys, quirky locales and hidden forest trails offering some of the best views of San Francisco you can get without having wings.

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What You Can Expect

San Francisco Urban Hike: Hills and Hidden Gems

Discover some of San Francisco's quirky gems like the Seward Street Slides

Find your way to the historic Castro Theater in San Francisco's Castro district for your moderate 5-mile (8-km) urban hike. Be sure to wear proper hiking shoes to tackle the city's famous hills and bring some drinking water. 

Start with a trek up to the top of Kite Hill, a green space that's easy to see but hard to find and is popular with the neighborhood residents. After pausing at the top of the hill for great views and some photo ops, continue to the Seward Street Slides, a hidden gem that has brought delight to kids and adults alike over the years. Make like a local: grab a piece of cardboard and let 'er rip down the curved, cement slides, clearly built in an era before playground safety was a concern. 

Walk through a hidden eucalyptus forest behind Sutro Tower, one of the city's unmistakable landmarks. Follow your guide to an unmarked hiking trail, less of an official trail and more of a path worn by residents over the years, to the summit of Twin Peaks. Catch your breath and some truly magnificent views of the San Francisco waterfront and the East Bay Hills beyond. 

Conquer Tank Hill next, another popular neighborhood park for views and dog walking. This 650-foot (198-km) high summit gives views of the northern side of the city, the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park. 

Descend via the 211-step Pemberton Place Stairway, winding through the beautiful neighborhood houses and private gardens. Return to the Castro Theater to end your 3-hour tour, having seen a part of San Francisco that many travelers never witness. 

Customer Reviews

Carol C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

This was a great tour taking you into places, up stairs, and onto the tops of hills with spectacular views over the city - places I wouldn't have seen as a visiting tourist. Val was full of information about the area and was an engaging and fun guide to have for three hours! Highly recommended


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Excellent tour. Thoroughly enjoyed the hike. Alex was great and even gave out excellent restaurant recommendations.

Donna D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Alex was a great tour guide! AND she just wrote a book on these hikes, so she knows the ins and outs of San Fran from another view besides a tourist attraction. Amazing views and photos of the hidden areas around the city we never would have known about. Just great!

Kathy M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Great, loved our guide and wonderful hidden gems of San Francisco

Paul F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Dawn was great and well versed in the area and its history

Judith S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Everything about this tour was fantastic. The information provided was interesting and the hiking part was great. Highly recommend it.

You Yuan Andrew Y

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Excellent views from our hike up a few high points of SF including Twin Peaks and Sutro Tower ! Alex was very patient and took gd care of our group of 10 , explaining interesting facts and figures about SF and it and #39;s early migrants too! Good workout,easy to med level of difficulty, depending on one and #39;s fitness.

Susan M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great walking tour with interesting facts and history. The view of San Francisco from the tower is unforgettable.

Claudia C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Really nice hike of the city. Our tour guide, Alex, was really nice, friendly and understanding. Excellent way to get in some exercise while seeing some really spectacular views of the city.

Corey N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent tour! Just go you won't regret it!

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