Twin Peaks is one of the most-visited natural areas, with stunning 360-degree views of the city and surrounding Bay Area. The Twin Peaks trail network was in poor condition with failing steps, redundant social trails that contributed to erosion and loss of sensitive habitat, and a lack of trail identification and wayfinding signage.
Scope of Work
The Twin Peaks Trail Restoration project will improve the main spine trail, repair existing trails and steps, eliminate social trails, provide erosion control measures, and provide wayfinding signage. These measures will improve public safety, reduce erosion, and help preserve adjacent habitat. As part of the “Creeks to Peaks” project, a new trail segment adjacent to Twin Peaks Boulevard but off the roadway will extend southward and connect to Portola Avenue. In addition to providing greater pedestrian safety this new trail segment will complete the regional trail connection to Glen Canyon Park and help to complete the Creeks to Peaks Trail.
Twin peaks is also in the process of getting an update to its current roads to increase the accessibility of trails and improve pedestrian safety. We would love your input on the new design, for more information regarding the Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project click here.
The Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Project is funded by the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. The Project is also supported by two Habitat Conservation Fund grants:
- — 2010 Habitat Conservation Fund (“Twin Peaks Trails Improvements”) grant: $131,041
- — 2013 Habitat Conservation Fund (“Creeks to Peaks”) grant (for trail improvements at Glen Canyon Park as well as at Twin Peaks): $130,000
Due to increasing construction costs and knowledge gained through completion of four previous bond-funded trails improvement projects, we reduced the scope of work in order to complete substantial improvements with the funding we have committed. We have also made efforts to seek additional grant funding to help to complete the full project scope. Potential funding sources included the Recreational Trails Program, an additional Habitat Conservation Fund grant and the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Rec and Park staff, together with SFMTA staff, recommend extending the Twin Peaks Figure 8 Pilot, which uses paint and concrete barriers to designate the eastern half of the Figure 8 roadway for people walking and biking. The Pilot has been in place since July 2016, during which time the … Continue reading
A year ago, on July 13, 2016, the eastern half of the “Figure 8” roadway loop of Twin Peaks Boulevard was transformed to a car-free area for people gazing, hiking and biking on top of San Francisco’s famous Twin Peaks. This pilot project was legislated by the SFMTA and is part of a … Continue reading
The newly aligned, more sustainable trail adjacent to Mission Blue Butterfly habitat opened to the public this afternoon! Improvements include the replacement of deteriorated steps, new wayfinding signs, erosion control and habitat protection. This work was funded by the 2008 Clean & Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond and by a Habitat … Continue reading
San Francisco Public Works is moving forward as planned with the second phase of Twin Peaks Boulevard repaving. The paving work includes the portion of the “Figure 8” that is currently closed to motorists as part of SFMTA’s pilot road closure. This work—and road closures and rerouting—is proceeding more quickly … Continue reading
The newly renovated trail and steps up and over the north (Eureka) peak of Twin Peaks are now open to the public. Access on the north side of the peak opened on March 31, and access on the south side of the peak opened yesterday, April 10. Take a hike and check … Continue reading
The northern half of trail on the north (Eureka) peak at Twin Peaks (Twin Peaks Boulevard and Christmas Tree Point Road) re-opened to the public this afternoon! See before and after photos below. Thank you for your patience as we take the next two weeks to wrap up trail improvements … Continue reading
Despite rain and winds since construction start, our contractor is making progress on trails improvement at Twin Peaks. Old steps on the north peak have been removed and construction on new steps has begun. Thank you for your patience and for keeping off the north peak until it is reopened. … Continue reading