The city that was built on seven hills…
San Francisco has 43 named hills, and as we mentioned in one of our earlier Five Facts posts, the total number of hills in San Francisco was recently announced to be 53. Now that’s a lot of hills. What makes some of these hills really interesting is that, San Francisco is one of 20 American cities that claim to have been built on seven hills. (Source: Wikipedia)
In this week’s Pinpoint post, we will be inspecting Mount Sutro, and one of the city’s most popular hills, Twin Peaks.
Photo Credit: UCSF
Originally named Mount Parnassus, this hill of the city was a part of a development plan to house a residential neighborhood on it. It was later named Mount Sutro in honor of Adolph Sutro, the 24th mayor of San Francisco. Today, the hill is known as the home of UCSF, and most of it is still privately owned by the university.
Here’s an interesting fact about Mount Sutro’s original name: “Mount Parnassus” is a sacred mountain located in Greece. In Greek Mythology, it is said that Mount Parnassus was sacred to Apollo, Dionysus, and the Muses. Adolph Sutro originally named the hill as “Parnassus” as a part of his residential development plan, and named another hill to the east of it “Olympus” which also happens to be the home of the Twelve Olympian gods of according to Greek Mythology.
Quite a mythical plan, isn’t it?
Photo Credit: Sutroforest.com
There’s an Eucalyptus forest located on the hill called Sutro Forest. There are multiple walking trails available for visitors that lead up to the forested summit on the hill; however, there are unfortunately no views from the top of Mount Sutro.
Photo Credit: PictoryMag.com
The Twin Peaks are two hills named Eureka and Noe, located right at the geographic center of the city with an elevation of about 925 feet; offering a stunningly wide view of San Francisco, East Bay and the bridges. Twin Peaks Boulevard runs an eight figure around Eureka and Noe.
Photo Credit: Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Twin Peaks is one of the few remaining habitats for Mission Blue Butterfly. The species are considered to be endangered and are protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Photo Credit: TheEveryDayMagic
The drive up the hill is definitely a must for any visitor to the city to take in the breathtaking view of San Francisco. You can either scope down on Market St. and survey the city skyline…
Photo Credit: Marc Liyanage
…or gaze at the beautiful lights that start to shine while the Sun goes down. Sunsets are priceless at Twin Peaks. Especially if you know how to perform a low ISO shot on your camera.
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